A Short Review Of Each Of Michael Jacksons Solo Albums
A Short Review Of Each Of Michael Jackson's Solo Albums
by Marvin Markus
During his solo career as an adult (which began in 1979) Michael Jackson released a total of six studio albums up through his untimely death in 2009. In this article you'll find a short review of each of those six albums.
Off the Wall - This is the album that made Jackson a star on his own (without the rest of the Jacksons.) "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You" were the first two tracks on the album and they were also both #1 singles. "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" was actually the only song on the album written by Jackson himself.
Thriller - Still the biggest selling album ever (both in the US & worldwide.) Beyond it's incredible success commercial, the album also represents a big step forward for Jackson as a songwriter as he wrote four of the albums nine tracks: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "The Girl Is Mine," "Beat It," & "Billy Jean." Each of these four songs were released as singles and they all reached the top 5 in the US with "Beat It" and "Billy Jean" both reaching #1.
Bad - This album included an amazing five #1 singles: "Bad," "The Way You Make Me Feel," "Just Can't Stop Loving You," "Man in the Mirror," & "Dirty Diana." It also featured other hits like "Smooth Criminal" which has gone on to be one of his best loved songs.
Dangerous - While it didn't sell as many copies as Thriller (of course no other album has either) or contain as many #1 singles as Bad, it was still an extremely successful album which included many MJ classics including the #1 single "Black or White," "Heal the World," "Remember the Time," "Give in to Me," & "Will You Be There."
HIStory - This album sometimes gets forgotten because it's a double album and one half of it is actually a "greatest hits" album, but the other half is a proper studio album which contains many memorable songs such as "Strangers in Moscow" and "They Don't Really Care About Us" along with the #1 hit "You Are Not Alone."
Invincible - While I do agree with the critics that Invincible is Michael Jackson's worst studio album, I disagree with just how lowly many people rate this album. I think it has quite a few redeeming moments that make it worthy of a listen. "Break of Dawn," "Butterflies," "Speechless," & "Threatened" are among my favorites.
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