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This is one of my favourite albums by Michael Jackson. It was released in 1991. It was his eighth studio album and has sold over 32 million copies worldwide. It was his fastest selling album and recognitions include that it won a Grammy award.
There are 14 tracks on this album. These are:
2. Why You Wanna Trip on Me
3. In the Closet
4. She Drives Me Wild
5. Remember the Time
6. Can't Let Her Get Away
7. Heal the World
8. Black or White
9. Who Is It
10. Give In to Me (featuring Slash)
11. Will You Be There
12. Keep the Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
I love each and every single song on this album and there is not one I don't like. I think they could have all been released as singles, that is how good I believe this album is.
The album kicks off with 'Jam' which has a really great beat to it which makes you want to get up and moving around. This song is really catchy and sticks in your head after you've listened to it.
One of my favourite songs ever is 'In The Closet'. Again the tune is one which just makes you want to move around. There is a "mystery girl" featured in this song - I think from the music video this mystery girl is Naomi Campbell. I love the tune and catchy chorus in this song. Its a really sexy yet classic song which I think is hard to find these days. It has a great beat to it. Also Michael's voice sounds really good when he somehow manages to sing as high as he does. Its great to listen to.
I love 'Remember The Time'. This one was released as a single and I'm sure everyone reading this remembers it. Its the one where the music video is set in Egypt and Michael does an Egyptian dance.
Heal The World is a really lovely song about making the world a better place. Its one which you can't help but like as even though it is quite slow it still has a catchy tune. I think Michael wrote this for his charity, the Heal The World foundation.
Everyone knows Black Or White, one of Michael's best songs in my opinion. Its a timeless classic and will definitely go down in history. I love this song and how can you not? Its so catchy and makes you want to get up and start dancing.
Gone Too Soon is another nice slow one.
Last but not least, Dangerous. I love the tune of this song. I've seen the dance Michael does for this song on Youtube and it really is amazing too.
Overall this is an AMAZING album, my favourite album of all time (joint with Bad), and I would definitely recomend it.
Michael Jackson, the King of Pop released this huge comeback album following on from his successes with Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad to a world who had long been awaiting his glorious return to the top of the pops but was this album worthy of the hype and being classed alongside such hugely successful albums?
The album itself sees Michael coming back with tracks aimed at his loyal fan base with a pop sound that for many Jackson himself created and pushed on with. With 14 songs bringing together a variety of different sounds and styles the album feels somewhat like a journey through the mind of Jackson and with the booklet & cover artwork matching this journey the entire package was a mind blowing experience that made people sit up and take notice of this and agree that Jackson truly remained the King of Pop.
So what of the songs?
Why You Wanna Trip On Me
In The Closet
She Drives Me Wild
Remember The Time
Can't Let Her Get Away
Heal The World
Black Or White
Who Is It
Give In To Me
Will You Be There
Keep The Faith
Gone Too Soon
If you never owned this album then there are still likely to be some songs you remember like Dangerous, Black or White, Heal the World, Remember the Time but may not recognise many others but this is really not something to look at as a negative. Unlike other albums in the market Dangerous manages to have songs that stand up on their own with the likes of Keep the Faith, Who Is It, Gone Too Soon and the rest making the listener sit and take time to marvel at Jackson and his amazing vocal control as he takes you on a journey in each song.
This album was one that never got the kind of credit it deserved but for me is one that still stands up as a phenomenal album and despite the time passed it is a remarkable album that is revolutionary and truly confirmed the King of Pops place in the history books as more than the man who has the greatest selling album of all time in Thriller.
The passing of Michael Jackson has been sad but unfortunately not unexpected given all the details of his crazy lifestyle. He was an amazing artist and one of my favourite singers. All his songs really make you want to get up and dance and he I believe he has touched a lot of lives with his music.
He has been ever successful ever since he was a child. His career began with the Jackson 5 when he was just an innocent little boy and has gone onto span decades with a very successful solo career. Of course, he was always a very controversial person, hardly out of the gossip magazines and a very complex individual. I think his upcoming tour would have been brilliant but of course there were questions as to whether he would have been able to finish all the dates and it looks like he was scared about it before hand because this is given as one of the reasons why the stress got too much for him.
In a lot of Michael's music he really has a message to tell, songs like Man in the Mirror, Black and White and Heal the World come to mind. I think my favourite album of his is actually Thriller but Dangerous comes a close second as it contains two of the above songs I have mentioned, Black and White and Heal the World.
According to an article I read, Dangerous was released on November 26, 1991. It became his second to debut at #1 on theBillboard 200 album chart. Apparently it has sold as much as 32 million copies worldwide, with 7 million certified shipments in the United States alone, making it a faster selling album than his previous record Bad. Dangerous was the first album ever to spawn eight consecutive UK Top 20 hits.
The rest of the tracks on the album are as follows:
2. "Why You Wanna Trip on Me"
3. "In the Closet"
4. "She Drives Me Wild"
5. "Remember the Time"
6. "Can't Let Her Get Away"
7. "Heal the World"
8. "Black or White"
9. "Who Is It"
10. "Give In to Me"
11. "Will You Be There (Theme from Free Willy)"
12. "Keep the Faith"
13. "Gone Too Soon"
I had quite liked Michael Jackson's music for some time, but I didn't own any of his albums until his tragic death prompted me to listen to his music again. I bought four of his albums including this one, Dangerous.
Dangerous was Michael's eighth studio album, released in 1991. It debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard charts and has to date sold over 32 million copies worldwide. I was six when it came out, and it was the first Michael Jackson album I had any living memory or recollection of, which makes it a strange and rather nostalgic experience. The videos (not included on this album) were among the most innovative and expensive of their time. The video for Jam, for example, involves Michael and Michael Jordan playing baseball together, while Black or White was over ten minutes long and featured computer-generated morphing.
The album opens with Jam - a funky and very nineties-sounding hip-hop track complete with a rap by Heavy D (someone I've never heard of). Why You Wanna Trip on Me opens with a heavy guitar riff before heading down RnB territory with a stripped-down beat. In The Closet, She Drives Me Wild and Remember The Time are RnB, hip-hop influenced songs with distinctive rhythmic beats, as is Can't Let Her Get Away.
Heal the World is an entirely different song. It's a ballad about, as the title suggests, saving the world and making it a better place. I absolutely loved this song when I was about six, but I can't say the same now. It opens with a child talking, then you hear seagulls, then the song kicks in. Michael sings it well, as he does all his songs, but it's far too soppy for me and I always end up skipping it.
Thankfully, this ballad is followed by the fantastic Black or White. This is one of my favourite Michael Jackson songs. The album version opens with a child playing music in his room and being shouted at by his dad, before the song itself comes in. I find this irritating as I just want to get to the song! It has a strong beat and melody and is immensely catchy - a standout track on the album.
Who Is It takes things down a notch with a slightly slower yet memorable track. Give In To Me features Guns n'Roses guitarist Slash, which sounds really odd but it works well on this catchy song with a strong melody, heartfelt vocals and Slash's customary powerful guitar. Will You Be There, which is actually the theme from Free Willy (I didn't know that!), begins within an instrumental and leads up to a reggae feel which also reminds me of the sort of thing Peter Andre used to release in the early nineties. Keep The Faith is an upbeat pop song, while Gone To Soon is a rather dull ballad. The album closes with the title track, Dangerous. This sounds more like old-school Michael Jackson, a bit like Bad.
This album isn't my favourite Michael Jackson album, and some of the tracks sound rather samey. However there are some excellent songs on here so I'm going to give the album four stars. My favourite tracks are Black Or White, Give In To Me and Dangerous.
1. Jam (featuring Heavy D)
2. Why You Wanna Trip on Me
3. In the Closet (featuring Mystery Girl)
4. She Drives Me Wild (featuring Wreckx-n-Effect)
5. Remember the Time
6. Can't Let Her Get Away
7. Heal the World
8. Black or White
9. Who Is It
10. Give In to Me (featuring Slash)
11. Will You Be There (Theme from Free Willy)
12. Keep the Faith
13. Gone Too Soon
Michael Jackson's pop masterpiece, 'Dangerous' was released in 1991 and signified a move away from trying to replicate the success of 'Thriller'. Learning his lessons from 'Bad', Jackson changed music style, direction and even changed producer from Quincy Jones to Teddy Riley. The result was something which sometimes hit the doldrums but sometimes produced perhaps the best music in his career.
Always one to open things up with a bang, the first track 'Jam' is no exception to this. Written by Jackson, Bruce Swedien, Rene Moore and Teddy Rile, the experimentation with new jack swing is one that definitely pays off and this is track really gets your blood moving. Featuring a guest rapper (a new thing for Jackson), the change in direction revitalises his music for the better. For those worried that Jackson can't cope with stardom any more, never fear - It ain't too much for him! The video is also features some new dance moves from Jackson and a cameo appearance from basketball legend Michael Jackson.
Track number two is a song about worldwide famine called 'Why You Wanna Trip On Me'. Written by Riley, it also fits in with most of Jackson's paranoia song as it asks the media to quit focussing on him and instead report about important issues instead. A filler new jack swing which is still enjoyable to listen to.
We move onto one of my favourites, the Jackson and Riley new jack swing collaboration, 'In The Closet'. It's not about what you think it might be - instead it's about keeping our feelings hidden. Not that the raunchy music video with Naomi Campbell would support this. Some beautiful vocals from Jackson again, the song is extremely catchy and will be stuck in your head for days.
The fourth song is...one again the new jack swing song 'She Drives Me Wild', written by Jackson and Riley again. Featuring a car horn as a part of the main bass riff, the song showcases the willingness to stray outside the safe zone and try something different. The bridge in this song is probably the best section and although it's considered to be a filler, I really do like this song.
At number five, we have what I feel is the best song on the track. 'Remember The Time' composed by Jackson and Riley is Michael Jackson at his best - traces of new jack swing combined with pop, his melodious voice, some soaring instrumentation and an awesome music video mean that this will always be a classic for me. An extremely catchy tune. The music video is pretty entertaining as well with a complex dance routine, elaborate Egyptian sets and costumes and appearances from Eddie Murphy, Iman and Magic Johnson.
'Can't Let Her Get Away' follows in a somewhat similar vein to 'She Drives Me Wild' but tends more towards hip-hop rather new jack swing. Still, this song is one of the underrated tracks on the album and it's all too easy to sing along.
Song number seven is the traditional Michael Jackson - 'Heal The World' is an uplifting if not slightly preachy song. Although the message is good and the song is good, it comes off as a bit sanctimonious for my liking. But hey, he donated the profits from this song to his charity so we can't complain about the humanitarian efforts here.
His biggest commercial success as his biggest U.S. number one after 'Billie Jean' from the album follows with 'Black or White', written by Jackson. No doubt the song highlighted Jackson's changing appearance but in itself, the song is sending a harmonious message on a catchy guitar riff (from Slash) and the music video was definitely Jackson all over. Featuring a guest appearance from Macaulay Culkin (the Home Alone kid), a guest rap, various locations around the world, face morphing and an extended and controversial dance routine at the end, it's guaranteed to keep you watching.
'Who Is It' is song number nine, written by Jackson and also ranks up there as one of my favourites from the album. The a capella introduction followed by a brilliant bass line, soaring strings and an emotional and mature vocal performance from Jackson all contribute to its brilliance.
'Give In To Me' is the tenth track on the album and is written by Jackson with Slash featuring in on the guitar. A traditional rock ballad, to me it's not really a patch on 'Beat It' or 'Dirty Diana'.
'Will You Be There' was featured on the soundtrack to Free Willy and deservedly so. A brilliant track written by Jackson, it really touches the listener as Jackson sends out a plea for acceptance. This definitely is one of the best songs on the album and hasn't dated even 18 years later.
Song number twelve is 'Keep The Faith' and was written by Glen Ballard and Siedah Barrett who were both responsible for 'Man In The Mirror' and this song follows that pattern. Although it's definitely an uplifting and beautiful song, I feel that it was uneccessarily long and was a bit too complicated but nevertheless, still a good song overall.
'Gone Too Soon' is now being used as a poster song to lament the passing of Michael Jackson but it was originally dedicated to the passing of Ryan White, who died from HIV/AIDS. Written by Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan, it features a beautiful soprano voice of Jackson and really shows that sometimes, less is more.
On to the final track of the album, the titular 'Dangerous'. Once again, it shows how Jackson is willing to move in new directions and I really like the husky vocals from Jackson which are emphasised by the new jack swing. It really signals that even better was to come form Jackson.
All in all, this album featured too many tracks - with a bit of selective editing, it would topped 'Thriller' artistically and unfortunately for Jackson, had he released this a year before the advent of grunge and Nirvana, it might have even topped 'Thriller' sales. Who knows... Nevertheless, a brilliant brilliant album which definitely deserves a place in everyone's record collection.
As a huge Michael Jackson fan I was shocked, upset, distraught and every other similar word you can use to describe when I heard the news about his death on Thursday. I was so shocked that I was glued to Sky News for about three and a half hours to get the news as it came. After that it was about three in the morning and on impulse I just opened Windows Media Player and just listened through to my Michael Jackson collection. I then eventually went to sleep about 7.30ish in the morning. I did this to remember him for his music. And That is why I have decided to review Dangerous as looking at my dooyoo profile I realised that this was one album of his I had not reviewed yet. So I thought what better way to remember him than to listen to his music and write a review on the album.
Dangerous was released on 26th November 1991 as the follow up to his 1987 album Bad. If you include the solo albums he made while he was recording with his brothers then Dangerous is the eighth solo album he released. Dangerous was co produced by the legendary Teddy Riley and Bill Botrell. The album has now sold over 32m copies with that figure set to rise with the news that many of his albums have climbed into the charts due to people buying his albums after his death.
This track opens with a window smashing and then the funky up-tempo beat comes in. This is quite a fast paced track with a great beat and hooks so it is a good one to dance to. I like the flow of Michael Jackson's vocal performance in this track. This is a great start to the album and one of the best up-tempo tracks on Dangerous.
2.) Why You Wanna Trip on Me
This track opens with some great guitar work from Slash and then the beat comes in with the percussion. Then comes a different guitar melody which is joined by the beat. This track finds Jackson questioning why people were having a go at him when there are so many things going on in the world that are far more of a problem.
3.) In The Closet
This track starts with gentle piano and a woman's voice. Soon the beat comes in to change the feel of the track and the result is a very funky catchy track, the track is about keeping a relationship secret between lovers. It was also Jackson's effort to silence critics who questioned his sexuality. With the lyrics "Don't hide our love/ Woman to man." he tried to put the rumours to bed.
4.) She Drives Me Wild
This is one of the most flowing tracks on the album and continues the up-tempo nature of these opening tracks. This track is about what a woman does to drive you wild. This is one of the best tracks musically on the first half of the album.
5.) Remember The Time
This moves the album into a slightly different feel. This has a more R&B feel than the previous tracks and was a huge single when it was released in January of 1992. This is about telling your partner to look back to when things were great in the relationship and how they felt about each other in the beginning.
6.) Can't Let Her Get Away
This was co written by Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley and has a funky hip hop feel. With some great hooks and a very good bassline this track really moves along well especially with the vocals from Jackson. This funky uptempo track is about not wanting to lose someone and to keep the relationship alive. Jackson moves to his sweet falsetto very well.
7.) Heal the World
This is one of his most beautiful and inspiring tracks, It opens beautifully with very gentle piano and strings and then once it develops it blends into a classic ballad about wanting the world to be a better place. Jackson's voice is brilliant on this track and this is one of the greatest songs of the 1990's. A real classic track which is loved all around the world.
8.) Black or White
This was the first single released from the album and is one of the best on the album. This track has a similar theme to Heal the world and is about Races living in harmony together. This just shows the brilliance of Michael Jackson aswell as the musical variety he used in his songs. This has elements of hard rock, dance and rap. Another one of his classic hits.
9.) Who Is It
This is a really exceptional track which has a slightly dark feel to it, The relentless bass hook is a great feature of this track as it stops you dead in your tracks. I love the way that Michael Jackson sings this track as his voice starts off mellow but then gradually gets stronger and more emotive. This is a very very good track indeed.
10.) Give Into Me
This is an exceptional Rock classic with some incredible guitar work from Slash. This is a full on rock track which is another one of the incredible tracks on Dangerous which is just so timeless. Bill Botrell shows off his versatility with credits on production aswell as Guitar, Bass, Drums and Mellotron on this track. Proves that greats have other fine people around them. This track is completed by some Exceptional guitar work from Slash.
11.) Will You Be There
This slows the album down again with a mellow track which has a similar feel to Heal the world in terms of structure. This track is about asking someone if they will be there in your most needy times. An awesome track that is again up there with his best work. Some really beautiful moments on this track musically, lyrically and of course vocally. Oh and it has a beautiful opening.
12.) Keep the Faith
This is one of the least well known tracks from the album but in my opinion it's up there with the best; It's another mellow track which changes pace towards the end just like Heal the world and Will you be there. This track also has a beautiful opening and I really like the punchy beat of the track once it gets going. Just wonderful.
13.) Gone too soon
This is the slowest and most mellow track on the album, It opens with A wonderful Orchestra arrangement and soft piano and then Michael's laid back voice comes in. This is one of his most beautiful and stripped down tracks he ever recorded. Just so touching and effective. An awesome moment on the album.
Now we have the final track and it's the title track Dangerous, This follows the musical theme of the first half of the album with a much more up-tempo feel. This shows that he could do up-tempo or just about anything else when he wanted to. This title track is A good ending to the album.
This album has now sold over 32m copies and is overshadowed due to the extraordinary sales over Thriller which has sold upwards of twice as many copies depending on what you hear. This album contains an amazing nine singles which were released over two years. Dangerous is yet another Michael Jackson album that has gone down in History and it's thanks to in large part the second half of the album which is almost flawless. He died on Thursday but his music will live on for many many many years to come.
"Dangerous" was the eighth solo release from the legend that is Michael Jackson. It dropped in 1991 and found that he would continue performing more work in the style of his classic material, as he blazed out some classic Pop joints, but the late singer would also go on to introduce more of the conscious songs in addition to the inclusion alternative influences, such as Hip Hop.
The album gets going with Michael laying down a funky jam to reintroduce himself into the game, after a far stretch away from it and you see that form this early stage yo hae him working alongside many producers, including (most notably) the Guy and BLACKstreet member Teddy Riley, who chooses to give MJ a bit of a New Jack Swing makeover.
2. "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"
With this you get the material which was found on the tune before it, spilling over onto here as you find that in it you have his iconic beats adapted to suit the new trends in the R&B world with them taking a much more up-beat New jack Swing style and having the song sung as if it was by one of Teddy's groups at the time.
3. "In The Closet"
You get further progression from him as for this one you see that the Pop star moves even further into the Swingbeat material and delivers extremely well as he comes with a style which retains all of what people enjoy most of him music and it has him progressing things as his adlibs sound more and more like beatboxing and he even has a guest rap to show him fully exploring this field.
4. "She Drives Me Wild"
Here you have the beats pounding away even more from him in what can be described as a more contemporary "Billie Jean" style and so those who liked such a classic as that one will be able to feel comforted as he moves on his style to a fair degree and shows just how well he can get down to a track which was composed solely by Teddy and himself.
5. "Remember The Time"
When it comes to Michael and New Jack Swing, this is the most popular song which was done in this style and it has him performing this better than at any other time with him showing the strength of his vocals at the same time that he can work in a much more funky style and get everyone moving again.
6. "Can't Let Her Get Away"
This one has Michael performing in what I have to call the most authentic-sounding New Jack Swing material as although the others are good, what you get from this, as you have him working off heavy Hip Hop beats of the time, he comes with a fly joint which you could actually hav heard from any of the popular acts from this period.
7. "Heal The World"
Following lots of experimentation, Michael shows that "Man In The Mirror" wasn't a one-off track form him and so chooses to do one which has him calming done the R&B in order to get into one where he sings a ballad about how many things in the world need putting right, and he needs everyone's support in order to carry it through. I personally idn't like the song, but I can see the appeal.
8. "Black Or White"
This one came as the first single from the artist on this record and so made a massive impact as the apparent transformation that the artist had gone through once he released with "Bad" was going even further here and with it he chose to come with a track which hits back at racism as he returned looking whiter than ever before. He was joined by the then-Guns N' Roses lead guitarist, Slash and he also gets some more raps (from Bill Bottrell) too.
9. "Who Is It"
He is seen to bring back what was heard early on in the album back for this one, and I thought that it was quite significant as it was the first up to this point which has clear Hip Hop influences, but has it entirely composed by the singer. He had to be the one behind the writing here as it has him dealing with rumours which had plagued his personal life.
10. "Give In To Me"
I felt that with this song you got another dip in the quality of things as you have him performing a tune which you have to liken to "Dirty Diana" from his "Bad" album, where it had him singing in a Rock Ballad style. He does just this here with Slash on his side once more, but in this case, I just wasn't feeling it as it wasn't my thing.
11. "Will You Be There"
Here you have another which has Michael behind it all and I felt that for this one it was seen that he didn't really do all that well with it as he attempts something quite similar to what you get in "Heal The World" as he drops it down to minimal production as appears to make full use of his voice too express this, but really it did nothing for me at all.
12. "Keep The Faith"
By this point in the album, it is as if what was found with all the early songs on the album is completely lost and that he won't return to it. I felt that with this in mind, it really put me off and prevented me from really taking that much notice of this one. It isn't a very memorable one, but I can't say it is weak either as he brings a nice ballad here.
13. "Gone Too Soon"
When the context is taken into account, this is a highly emotive song from Michael and one which you can't dismiss, even if you don't tend to get into this much more gentle material from him as here he is seen to sing in dedication to a young AIDS sufferer it has him coming with a powerful vocal performance and making sure it made the most out of the well-written song.
The album ends with the titular track from the album, with ti you have more from Teddy Riley and so it means that at last you get more up-tempo stuff from MJ, and he is seen to get down to a freaky one to leave the album on a high as he shows that he fits right in with the New Jack Swing seen as the most popular performers of this subgenre.
Personally, I saw this album as a bit of a step down from the artist as you see that in you you have the singer losing the momentum which "Off The Wall" created as he gets to the point where he is forced to make significant changes in his music in order to stay remain current and although to some degree it is done well, it is highly inconsistent to the point where I doubt that anyone could actually say that enjoy each of the songs here.
Back to the Love Mush thats been successful for Jackson in the past. But this time, its different.
Much of it tells a story of a heart-broken Jackson, whether it be true or not.
I consider this to be the most personal album of Jacksons, where his true feelings are shown about this world, how people should be, and his desires of a partner, along with the fall-outs too.
Familiar tracks to outsiders are Black or White, Remember the Time (memorably had Eddie Murphy in the video) and Heal The World.
My personal favourite is Give In To Me, which features legendary guitarist, Slash. Who Is It is also a personal favourite from this album.
The problem with this album is that it was released in 1991, which was after Thriller, and many still expected Michael to reproduce the glory of Thriller, which is something that simply cannot be asked. Not to take anything away from this album, which is still a fantastic album, and still hugely successful. Along with Bad, this album sold over 30m copies, so its far from a failure. This album works for me, as does Bad. The problem is that these albums unfairly live in the shadow of Thriller.
In my opinion this is the second best album my Michael Jackson, only beaten by Thriller which I think will always be my favourite!
I am going to do a small review of each song to give you an idea of the album as whole.
Jam: This is the opening song to the album and has lots of the typical Michael Jackson beats, very funky and upbeat definitely one that you can dance to and a great opener to the album. 8/10
Why You Wanna Trip On Me: This has some amazing guitar rifts and has quite an electronic sound to it. Also very upbeat like a lot of Michael's songs. The lyrics are talking about drug addicition. 7/10
In The Closet: I believe that this song contains spoken lyrics from Naomi Campbell. The lyrics talk about having a secret thats kept in the closet. It begins very calm and slow and then breaks in to the typical Michael Jackson sound. Very funky, lots of oohs and ahhs and the sound of breaking glass etc. 7/10
She Drives Me Wild: Great beginning, very 80s sounding with lots of car noises and horns etc. Just singing about a fine woman and this has lots of passion in it and a great beat in the background. 9/10
Remember The Time: This is a very fast paced dancy kind of song and has great lyrics "do you remember the time, when we fell in love" and is singing all about romance and about being young and innocent. Great song to sing along to and very easy to pick up the words to this song. My favourite on the whole album! 10/10
Can't Let Her Get Away: Starts off very space age and then gets very funky, lots of electronical noises and beats pumping away in the background. Like quite a few songs on this album it is singing about a woman but this time about not letting her get away and how men will change the way that they act for a woman. 7/10
Heal The World: A very calming, soulful song, talking about healing the world and making it a better place. Probably the best known song from the whole abum. It has a great piano vibe throughout the song and Michael's voice is a lot calmer in this song and without quite as much as his loud passion that you normally get. "Heal the world, make it a better place" it also has some children talking on the song about making the future a better place too and about our children's children etc. I adore this song 10/10.
Black Or White: Great beat from the second the song starts, a brilliant guitar kicks in too and this is followed by a parent smashing on a childs door and yelling at them to turn the music down, which naturally, kids being kids, it gets turned back up! Then the real song kicks in singing about how it doesn't matter if you're black or white. This is another song that was released in to the charts and did very well. 9/10
Who Is It: Very operatic still beginning with a choir. Then the beat comes in and Michael is singing about a woman (again!), this is a very passionate song that is great to sing along to, a real power ballad for men and women like! 8/10
Give In To Me: Powerful song, Michael seems to be singing his heart about, singing about craving something and wanting it so bad. Great guitar in parts, absolutely fantastic song! 9/10
Will You Be There: This has a choir in the beginning but more powerful than 'Who Is It' and the song has a very simple tune to it with some percussion and a keyboard in the background. The lyrics sing about somebody being there for you and questionining whether in your darkest hours they will be there to hold and support you. 6/10
Keep The Faith: Quite a calm song, probably my least favourite from the whole abum. The lyrics are about never giving up on love. 4/10
Gone Too Soon: Takes a good few seconds for the real song to begin and the first few seconds are very soothing and calming and the entire song is very soothing and its just talking about something or someone being gone too soon and all the similarities "like a comet blazing across the evening sky". Not a bad song, definitely a bit to slow and soppy for my liking. Probably a fairly commonly picked song for funerals as the words would be very fitting if somebody was taken too soon. 5/10
Dangerous: The last song on the album, the funky beats from the earlier songs appear to be making a comeback here. Lots of piano playing too and the typical Michael Jackson clapping type sounds with lots of electronic funky beats, the song talks about a woman being dangerous. 6/10
Overall there isn't one song on the album that I completely dislike or would get up to skip if the CD was playing which is always good.
Most of the album talks about relationships with women or the world and the state of things and how we need to all work to make it better.
Even know the words in the songs are still very current, the world isn't in the best state but then it never really has been.
I still enjoy putting this CD on and having a good song along, it has to be played really loud of course!
I would definitely recommend this CD to anybody who is a fan of Michael Jackson and let's be honest, theres a fan inside most of us just desperate to practice the moonwalk and the Jackson moves! Plus his voice is pretty amazing.
I purchased this CD from amazon for £2.98 in their January sale (2009).
Michael Jackson gets a lot of coverage in the press but unfortunately the reasons are not musical and his talents are often overlooked these days and when I bought the 'Dangerous' album I realised what a talented individual he actually is.
Now this is my first ever review of a CD so if it isn't very good them please leave some tips in the comments section if you wouldn't mind so that I can take note and make future opinions better.
The Album is 77 minutes long and contains 14 songs some of which I had heard before and many that I had not. Each song is different and there is a good blend of Pop and Ballads and covers many different issues although the majority appear to be about women.
Jam - This is a great opening track with a really funky beat that just makes you want to get up and dance. The song is about the issues that are happening in the world and focuses on the fact that many people just let them be and ignore them. The main concept of the song is that we all get off our behinds and help change the world for the better by helping each other.
Why You Wanna Trip On Me - Long title but basically explains what the song is all about. Similarly to Jam it focuses on what is happening in the world such as poverty and starvation and puts them into perspective. MJ is trying to tell the press to get off his case and stop harassing his private life when there are more important things that they should concentrate on. This song is another good song and has a really good beat.
In The Closet - This song is about a boy who is sleeping with a girl but they choose to keep their relationship a secret by ' Keeping it in the Closet'. The song seems to focus on the strong sexual desires of MJ and his lady friend. The song was released by MJ and his video featured Naomi Campbell as the girl in the song and she dances rather well as she parades her body.
She Drives Me Wild - A song about another girl and is a relatively short song by MJ's standards at a measly 3 min 40 seconds despite its short length it is a very good song. The song is basically about a girl that he has seen and who he has fallen deeply in love with. He his probably singing this song to one of his mates as he tells them that the girl will be his but we don't actually if he gets her. This song is another good pop song and like most of his songs has a brilliant beat behind it.
Remember The Time - A song in which he reminisces the good times that he has had with a lady friend who he has now broken up with. The song is brilliant and makes you just want to dance. This song was also released and MJ spent a fortune on the video that had a host of celebrities and went along with the Egyptian Theme.
Cant Let Her Get Away - Another song about yeah you've guessed it... a girl. This song is about him messing around with a girl and she has had enough and wants out and he doesn't. Another great song with a brilliant beat.
Heal The World - Well the title says it all a song about saving the planet. This song is the first ballad on the album and contains the voices of some kids telling the grown ups that they need to look after the earth as they want their children to enjoy. The song has a similar message to that of Jam but in a much more peaceful way. MJ has come up with a superb ballad here and if you listen to the lyrics you will appreciate what a wonderful song it really is.
Black Or White - In my opinion this is the best song on the album and is one of his best songs ever. The beat in the song gets everyone dancing and the intro to the song consists of a boy turning up his music and letting rip with a brilliant song just to spite his dad. The song is about racism and MJ is basically saying that we should treat everyone the same and embrace all the cultures of the world rather than discriminate against each other. The song is a brilliant choice to dance to and the intro from Guns 'n' Roses man Slash is awesome.
Who Is It - another song about a woman. This time his girl has been cheating on him. He cant understand why especially as he has treated her so well. He then wonders who it is who she has ran of with and relises that he wont get her back and he gets
very emotional towards the end.
Give Into Me - MJ is trying to get a girl to ' Give into me' and unfortunately for him she is having none of it. He tells of how she would never fall for him and how she used him. Another song which features Slash and the guitar dominates the track and shows what a talent both men have.
Will You Be There - A real Gospel song which probably comes from his black background ( yeah he is Actually black amazing I know but its true even though he looks a little paler nowadays.)
This song is about making sure that you are always looking out for someone and making sure that someone is looking out for you. This song is a really uplifting song although the intro of 1min 40 is a bit to long you may just have to fast forward it a little.
Keep The Faith - a real motivator of a song which as the title suggests tells people to believe in themselves and eventually everything will turn good and just to ignore anyone who puts you down. This is a brilliantly written song and like Heal The World the lyrics are amazing.
Gone Too Soon - Now this song really lets the album down and the fact that he didn't write it makes me question why he put it on the album at all as it is really bad. The song has no beat and it is more like a poem./ please don't even listen to the song just press skip
Dangerous - Now all my MJ mates really like this song but it doesn't really do anything for me. Another song about a girl however this one suggests that not all women are good news and that some may in fact be 'dangerous'. The beat is ok but its quite hard to get your groove on to.
This album is amazing and if you are a MJ fan them it's a must in your collection and if you are a DJ then add it to your collection as it has loads of great songs that you can dance to.
I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson. I own all his albums, and I'm just waiting for the day when he will announce a concert in the UK, however, until then I'm content with listening to some of the masterpieces. Dangerous is, in my view, Michaels best album. What about Thriller? I hear you ask. Well, I like that album as well, but it doesn't really do it for me the way that Dangerous does. Perhaps the most famous track to be released from this album was "Black or White", a great song featuring Slash from Guns and Roses on guitar. However, not many people know that also on the album is one of Michaels greatest songs ever, "Give In To Me", also featuring Slash. The overall sound of the album is rather housey, much different from his earlier work which was more funky, but this suits me fine. To be honest I prefer his newer stuff to the tracks found on Thriller and Off The Wall, although having said that I listen to all the albums just the same. Heres a rundown of the tracklisting: 1 - Jam...A really "jammin" track, built from a catchy drum pattern and simple vocals. 2 - Why you wanna trip on me...Features a distinctive guitar riff throughout the track and another catchy chorus. 3 - In the Closet...A similar track to #2 but different enough to be listenable. A deep bassline with another great hook vocal line. 4 - She Drives me Wild...Again, different from the rest but another superb track. 5 - Remember The Time...Most people have heard this track or seen the Egyptian style video where Michael turns himself into sand. Fantastic. 6 - Can't Let Her Get Away...Very 90's, very funky, and another great track. 7 - Heal The World...Once again, there can't be many people who haven't heard this song. A soft ballad that brings a tear to the eye. 8 - Black Or White...The most famous song from the album featuring Slash on guitar.
A brilliant song. 9 - Who Is It...A deep bassline similar to In The Closet. Great vocals once again. 10 - Give In To Me...My personal favourite from the album, everything fits together perfectly. Have a listen! 11 - Will You Be There...A softer style track with a gospel accompanyment. Easy listening. 12 - Keep The Faith...Another track with gospel accompanyment, a bit funky. 13 - Gone Too Soon...A ballad that you can relax to. A soft tune with soft vocals. 14 - Dangerous...The title track from the album, another of my favourites, very dancey. As I said before, in my opinion this is the finest album produced by Jackson, and when you listen you will see why. 10/10!
Another Michael review? Yes, I am on a roll so I thought that I would keep going whilst I have the motivation to revisit some of his material. This time it is the 1991 release 'Dangerous', which in my eyes was release just before he started to act unacceptably in the eyes of the media and also the watching public. It was a time when the emphasis was on his music and not on his personal life. The cover of the album is based around a pair of eyes which I am sure belong to the man himself above a gate with lots of animals surrounding the centrepiece. The opening track is 'Jam'. A funky dance song which opens to the sound of breaking glass. Once the song gets going (the vocals take a while to kick in over the background singers), the influence of R&B supremo Teddy Riley is unmistakable. There is a rap section performed by Heavy D (Remember Heavy D & The Boyz with Now That We've Found Love in the early 90's?). It is a good strong start to the album with a really catchy chorus, and certainly is a good song to entice the listener into the rest of the album. 'Why You Wanna Trip On Me?' is not far removed from the opening track, and again that is almost certainly down to the involvement of Teddy Riley. If you have never listened to any Blackstreet material then you should as Teddy Riley is a genius and creates brilliant music. This was the start of Michael's pleas to the press hidden within his songs. Here he expresses his dismay at the press attention he receives when there are other more life changing events going on in the world at the same time. 'In The Closet' is not about what it first appears. The start of this song is focused on an unnamed woman who never receives a name check for her part in the song (although I am sure I remember Naomi Campbell being involved in some way, shape or form). Again, Teddy Riley has an input, and this is what he does best. It is a sexy seductive song which puts you fi
rmly in the mood for love. It reminds me a lot of 'Liberian Girl' when the opening bars sound, but then after half a minute or so the tempo rockets, and it is a really fierce track in comparison to the other tracks on the album. 'She Drives Me Wild' is the 4th song in a row to benefit from the Riley/Jackson partnership, and I am sure that this is why the CD has got off to such a strong start. It is also another track to have sound effects at the start. This time it is a car engine revving up, a horn sounding and a car door closing. It is a loud track where Jackson has to adapt and give an almost angry vocal performance about a woman who has captured his heart, but he is not sure is he is the one for me, and he sings about how she makes him feel. Single release 'Remember The Time' did very well, and it had a star packed video to accompany it which featured Eddie Murphy and model Iman. The special effects certainly added to the feel of the song. It is a love song, albeit not in a standard ballad form, but it works so well, and it is the strongest track on the album by far. Not sure if this is based on experience, but this time we hear Jackson looking back at a time in his life when he thought he had his ideal woman, but the relationship failed, and he is trying to get her to remember how good they were together. 'Can't Let Her Get Away' is the weakest track on the album. It pales into insignificance sandwiched between the songs that it is. It follows the mood of the last song, and is again about a doomed relationship. It is troubling to think that when he recorded this album he was in his mid thirties, and his experience with the opposite sex was somewhat limited, but he still manages to write and sing so convincingly about the scenario that we have to presume he has a very vivid imagination, or is he a dark horse so to speak? 'Heal The World' was a massive hit, and has been rammed down ou
r throats many a time since whenever there is disharmony in the world, or when television programmes want to attack our consciences. On first listen it is a gentle enough song, but it is like fine chocolate, the first few bites are nice, but after a while it is just too sickly sweet to stomach anymore. It is the typical American cheesy protest/charity song that is seen as being politically correct, when in reality nobody really takes the lyrics deep enough into their heart for it to make a difference. The video for 'Black & White' starred child star and friend of Jackson, Macauley Culkin as a spoilt brat who terrorises his parents with his guitar playing. It is a song which was written to highlight the problem of racisim. It is a clever enough and enjoyable song, but it has backfired badly, and now whenever anyone wants to ridicule him because of his frequently changing skin colour. The track starts off with a strong beat, and it certainly has a memorable hook, but it is such a shame that the shine has been taken off the song somewhat. 'Who Is It' was another single release from this album. When I first heard the song I was totally indifferent to it, but it is without doubt a grower, and it is a song that I enjoy more than I used to. Listen to it carefully, and you will hear that this time Jackson has taken on the role of the jealous lover who is convinced that he is being cheated on. A really good strong track, certainly not a classic but it would feature in my Top 10 Michael Jackson songs, as it has some qualities which make it memorable. Michael Jackson does rock with 'Give In To Me', and he even joined forces with ex Guns n Roses guitarist Slash. It is a very strong song, and my clear second favourite on the album. The rock feel is very similar to 'Dirty Diana'. I like Jackson's vocals when he tries for a harder sound, and I would like to hear him go down this route more often rather the stilted, hig
h pitched singing we have become so accustomed to on many of his other tracks, and which is honestly becoming too much to bear for me. 'Will You Be There' is a track which leans on the use of a choir rather than just the lead vocals of Michael Jackson. It is a very subtle laidback song. The album is starting wind down, and the mood is clearly changing, but the enthusiasm seems to be waning too, as the following two tracks, 'Keep The Faith' and 'Gone Too Soon' are noticeably below par. Title track 'Dangerous' closes the album, and again the influence of Riley is instantly apparent. So there you are, another Jackson review over and done with, and it is certainly a better album than some of his later releases in the 90's. It has a good balance in terms of mood and tempo.
I was reading the paper today and I noticed that there is a programme on about Michael Jackson on, on Sunday evening and as I worship him I thought that I would do another opinion on his music. This time I shall warn you all as before that I will try and be objective but it is difficult!! With this album Michael Jackson certainly retains his position as the King! This time I bring you: DANGEROUS The album was released in 1991 and has some of the best songs of all time on it. A Dangerous tour was also done at this time but I was too young to go and no one would take me (That’s why in July 1997 I just HAD to go). If I remember correctly it cost me about £12.99 but I’m sure that today you could get it for much cheaper. The picture on the front of the CD is very busy! It is a mixture of colour and pictures. The focal point is Michael Jackson’s eye’s with his name written above them. There are lots of different animals in the picture to represent those that Michael Jackson has in his zoo in the grounds of his home in California. It is a wonderful piece of artwork and I can spend ages looking for new hidden images that I missed the last time I looked at it. The Tracks: #1 – Jam. It begins with the sound of glass being smashed and goes into a very catchy beat that I find myself humming for days! The song and lyrics written by Michael Jackson and others that helped with the music were Bruce Swedien, Rene Moore and Teddy Riley. Michael sings all the main lyrics but there is a rap performed by Heavy D (whoever he is). It ends suddenly and is quite a heavy track. 7/10 ‘Nation to nation all the world must get together, face the problems that we see. Then maybe somehow we can work it out.’ #2 – Why you wanna trip on me. This song starts with some solo guitaring and the breaks into another catchy beat. This song is written and composed by teddy Riley and B
ernard Belle. Michael Jackson produced the song and sings both lead and background vocals. His voice almost sounds like a husky whisper until the chorus when it is his familiar tones. I always find myself rocking from side to side during this one, as the music is so catchy. The main point of this song is basically asking the question as to why people bother Michael Jackson when there are other things to worry about in the world. 7/10 ‘They say I’m different. They don’t understand, but there’s a bigger problem that’s much more in demand. You’ve got world hunger, not enough to eat, so there’s really no time to be trippin’ on me.’ #3 – In the closet. A woman whispering with gentle music is the introduction to this song. This continues for the first 36 seconds and then faster beat starts as the original music completely stops along with the woman whispering. Michael Jackson and Teddy Riley composed this and the girl who does the duet with Michael is not named. In fact she is labelled as the ‘Mystery Girl.’ I find this to be a rather sexy song and I have found myself grinding to this with partners a few times. 8/10 ‘It’s just a feeling, you have to soothe it, you can’t neglect it, you can’t abuse it. It’s just desire; you can not waste it. Then, if you want it, then won’t you taste it.’ #4 – She drives me wild. Written and composed by Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley and A. Davidson, this song begins with a car starting, a door closing and a car horn sounding. This then leads into a beat that continues throughout the song. Michael Jackson does all the lead vocals and there is a rap but I am not sure who does it, as they are not named. This is not really one of the most memorable songs on the album. 6/10 ‘She composition, she statistical fact, she got it ready for the willing, got it sweaty in the ba
ck.’ #5 – Remember the time. This song is probably best remembered for the Egyptian video, which had Eddie Murphy, Iman (Mrs David Bowie) and Shaquile O’Neil in it (if I remember correctly). This song is very relaxed and the lyrics are very catchy. I always find my toes tapping to this one. Michael Jackson was one of three people who wrote and composed this and he also does all vocals. 8/10 ‘Do you remember when we fell in love, we were so young and innocent then. Do you remember how it all began it just seemed like heaven, so why did it end.’ #6 – Can’t let her get away. This song to start with sounds really daunting for the first 18 seconds but then the beat kicks in, which is just so completely different, as the beat is strong and quite fast. Michael Jackson’s voice is at times rather high pitched but in a gentle way and he does all the lead vocals. This song was also written and composed by Michael Jackson (and Teddy Riley). It is one of those songs that would be fitting to background music. 7/10 ‘I tried so hard to love you, some things take time and shame. I think the whole world of you.’ #7 – Heal the world. This song is amazing! It is a gentle meaningful song that should be a ‘world anthem.’ It begins with a child talking about the children being our future generations. Michael’s voice is gentle and wonderful. This song was written and composed by Michael Jackson only, which is not surprising when, you take into account his plight to help save the world. The words are so profound that I find it hard to pick out just on verse. 10/10 ‘Heal the world, make it a better place, for you and for me and the entire human race. There are people dying if you care enough for the living, make a better place for you and for me.’ #8 – Black or white. This song does not really need too much s
aid about it as so many of you will know it already. Today, the song title is used in jokes to put down Michael Jackson due to his change in skin colour. But this song was written by Michael Jackson to try and make people understand that colour does not matter to him and it should not be an issue in any case. There is a rap by Bill Bottrell but Michael does all the other lyrics. The video stars Mackaulay Culkin, which is probably another reason most people would remember this song. It is a very catchy song and I even sang it karaoke in Spain once! 10/10 ‘See, its not about races, just places, faces, where your blood comes from, is where your space is. I’ve seen the bright get duller, I’m not going to spend my life being a colour.’ #9 – Who is it. This is one of my favourites. I saw Michael Jackson use just his mouth to re-create the beat to this song and to say the least it blew me away! Oprah Winfrey surprised him by asking him to do it during an interview – fantastic! I always sing along to this so try and make sure I am not having a conversation when I play it! Michael Jackson wrote and composed it, and his voice is very strong throughout the song. I find this to be quite a powerful song as it seems to be sung with an element of malice, as Michael asks who the other man is in his lover’s life. 10/10 ‘I am the damned, I am the dead, I am the agony inside the dying head. This is injustice woe unto thee. I pray this punishment would have mercy on me.’ #10 - Give in to me. I love to have this song as loud as possible. It could be classed as ‘rock’ maybe as Slash from Guns ‘n’ Roses does the guitaring, which is unforgettable! Michael Jackson wrote and composed this and he sings this with power and feeling. The overall sound of the music teamed with Michael’s voice makes this one amazing track! 10/10 ‘Love is a feeling, give it
when I want it, ‘cause I’m on fire, quench my desire. Give it when I want it, talk to me woman. Give in to me, give in to me.’ #11 – Will you be there. This song starts with the sound of a choir singing for one minute and seven seconds and as the choir peaks a softer sound breaks through. The actual song starts after 2 minutes and it is a joyful song. Michael’s voice is soft and fits perfectly with the choir'’ background vocals. This is another song written and composed by Michael Jackson himself. Every time I hear this my feet start to tap, I sing along and I even clap along with the choir and beat at certain points. This song has a build up and near the end I even find myself up and dancing as the song reaches its peak. The end is mellow as Michael Jackson talks through the end of the song to bring it to a relaxing finish. 10/10 ‘But they told me, a man should be faithful and walk when not able, and fight till the end but I’m only human.’ #12 – Keep the faith. The title explains this song pretty well and Michael Jackson once again had a hand in writing and composing this song. The introduction is very short as Michael starts singing almost immediately. The temp changes quite often from calm and mellow to upbeat. This is one of those songs that the words are easy to learn and you soon find yourself singing along to it. Michael Jackson does the lead vocals but three quarters of the way through a choir is also introduced which adds a different element to a good song. 8/10 ‘But, the powers in believing, so give yourself a chance. ‘cause you can climb the highest mountain, swim the deepest sea. All you need is the will to want it and a little self-esteem, so keep the faith.’ #13 – Gone too soon. This song was written by Larry Grossman and starts off with a gentle introduction. I have always felt this was a sad song that makes
me think of how I felt when my Granddad died. Michael Jackson does all the vocals, which is basically a solo throughout the song. This is definitely a thought provoking song. 9/10 ‘Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye, Gone too soon. Shiny and sparkly and splendidly bright, here one day, gone one night. Like the loss of sunlight on a cloudy afternoon, Gone too soon.’ #14 – Dangerous. It always puzzled me why the title track was in fact the last song in the album, but I am sure there is a good reason for it. This is a very busy almost ‘hectic’ song written and composed by Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell and Teddy Riley. The beat is prominent almost from the start and continues throughout the song. Michael Jackson talks at the start and sings all vocals. During this you can hear his trademark vocal sounds and overall it is a good song. 8/10 ‘As she stalked the room, I could feel the aura of her presence, every head turned feeling passion and lust. The girl was persuasive, the girl I could not trust. The girl was bad, the girl was dangerous.’ I personally feel that this album is fantastic, but then I am biased. Overall I would give this album 10/10. There is a good mixture of songs from ballads to the heavier one’s, but most of them have a deep message. A lot of thought has gone in to this album and it’s songs and this just once again shows the genius that is: Michael Jackson.
Ok, this is my overall judgement of Dangerous: An outstanding musical masterpiece that edges and pushes much further than Bad but still doesn't manage to pass Thrillers line of brillance. There are some obvious winners on this album,that are: Remember The Time, Heal The World, Black Or White, Who Is It, Will You Be There and Keep The Faith. And obviously, there's always a few let downs that you always skip: Jam, She Drives Me Wild. Finally, there are those above average but not especially gifted tunes like In The Closet, Gone Too soon and the albums title track Dangerous which do sink lower than usual. We are greeted with a lot of pleasant suprises and improvements on Dangerous such as: The pure skill and quality of Gospel Music mixed with a beating r and b rhythm (Will You Be There, Keep The Faith). That on the edge rock sound that produces a more than satisfying listen (Give In To Me, Black Or White). Long, quiet turned loud ballads like Heal The World, which is one hell of a brilliant song. A skilful and beautiful start to Who Is It. The sound of sweet choir melodies is enough to make anyone listen on. And, the industrial clanging which was new to the pop era in 1991 which sprung up in Dangerous. There are also some lower problems that could of been fixed: I know Michael Jackson likes to make very long songs, but Jam and In The Closet just get terribly boring. All that happens for the last three unsatisfying minutes is the chorus repeated over and over. A strange familar sound to Why You Wanna Trip On Me, She Drives Me Wild and I Can't Let Her Get Away. Must be somethin about those average tracks that makes them sound so similar.. Some people may put this as a strong point, but I feel rap music doesn't fit in anywhere in any of Michael Jackson's albums except possibly This Time Around (On the History album). This was a worthy comeback album after t
he less pleasing Bad album but some tracks needed a bit more work doing on them. Luckily, certain songs make up vastly for those errors so i'd strongly advise u buy this!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Why You Wanna Trip On Me
3 In The Closet
4 She Drives Me Wild
5 Remember The Time
6 Can't Let Her Get Away
7 Heal The World
8 Black Or White
9 Who Is It
10 Give In To Me
11 Will You Be There
12 Keep The Faith
13 Gone Too Soon