Music : Pop : Lossless
1987 Bad (Special Edition 2001) FLAC
Michael Jackson had the insurmountable task of following up what was not only the biggest selling album of time, but a real cultural phenomenon. Thriller was released in late 1982 and due to its success it took Mr. Jackson five years to release its follow-up. While Bad obviously was not half as big as Thriller in terms of sales, it is still a great record. The title track finds Mr. Jackson taking a defiant stance and instead of running away from trouble as he did in "Beat It", he stakes it head-on. "The Way You Make Me Feel" is a bright and sunny song that has an incredibly infectious groove. "Just Good Friends" is a real treat as he duets with Stevie Wonder and you get to hear two masters at work. "Man In the Mirror" is a spiritual song that begs one to look at themselves and see that we can all make a difference. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is a good ballad that is a duet with Siediah Garrett, the songs writer. It was original written to be sung with Whitney Houston, but when she was unavailable, Ms. Garrett stepped in and does a nice good. "Dirty Diana" is a blazing rocker and "Leave Me Alone" is angry tirade against the circus atmosphere that his life had become due to the media. "Smooth Criminal" is a pumping track that has vicious beat and tremendous vocal. Bad does hold one record over Thriller, it became the first album to produce five number one singles ("I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "Dirty Diana", "Man In the Mirror" & "The Way You Make Me Feel"). The remastered version has an excellent song that is making its first appearance anywhere, "Streetwalker". The song would have easily fit on the album and fits Mr. Jackson's persona of the time perfectly. "Fly Away" is solid, while the Spanish version of "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" is worth a listen for curiosity's sake, but doesn't offer much else.
By Thomas Magnum