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Dance & Electronic and Pop album by Michael Jackson

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A man whose creativity and talent was without end

  • Aug 12, 2009
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Michael Jackson's album Dangerous lead into what would become the greatest world tour of its time and the song follows his path of improving and changing styles. This album features a hard-rock single and it also is the first time Jackson would insert rapping interludes- I'm not one for rap, but Jackson always made sure they fit into the song.

This is one of the greatest selling albums of all time, just barely beating out Bad as Jackson's second biggest selling album. People said in Dangerous that Jackson had become a mechanical entertainer, but I strongly disagree. I find his work in Dangerous just as good as previous albums even though its highlight singles may not be on the level of some of his previous songs.

Album Highlights Include:

Jam - A very fast paced tune from the King of Pop provides an exciting start to this excellent album, and features a very fun tune and rap interlude. Like other fast-paced songs from Jackson the lyrics are spoken at a machinegun pace and are hard to get if you don't pay attention. The music video featured the other MJ: the King of Ball (Basketball, to be exact) Michael Jordon.

In The Closet - A smooth, sexually suggestive song with a crisp beat and lyrics. Some may remember its sexually stimulating music video.

Remember The Time - Another crisp, smooth love song from Michael. The music video was set in Ancient Egypt.

Heal the World - The song written to launch Jackson's Heal the World charity which continues to operate `til this day. It is in the style of his previous "change the world" song Man in the Mirror.

Black Or White - The song's most infamous single is exciting and expresses strongly the desire for race equality. This unedited version includes an introduction similar to that of the Black Or White video with Macaulay Culkin. With guitar solos provided by the infamous Slash the song is incredible.

Give In To Me - What I believe to be Michael Jackson's most underrated song this Rock & Roll piece (Once more featuring guitarist Slash) worth looking into by not just fans of Michael Jackson or pop, but people who enjoy real Rock music. For me, this song proved that Michael Jackson could succeed in whichever genre he wished to perform- in fact, this song makes me hope that we'll see rock songs in his unreleased archive.

Will You Be There - A sweet, moving song that is a must have.

Gone Too Soon - A loving tribute to those who had to leave this Earth that if it doesn't hit any emotions I'd have to say you've never lost someone.
It was truly fitting for it to have been sung at the late King's funeral.

Dangerous - Now the song is good but not as good as many of the others. Also, having grown up on his stage performance version of the song I'd have to say I prefer the lyric arrangements in the stage-performance version over the actual song. Still, a good piece nonetheless.

Going to some of the critical complaints of Dangerous and later Invincible were the length of these albums. A ridiculous thing, because when I spend my money on a CD I'm happy to know that Jackson always made sure you got plenty of bang for your buck. Dangerous contains fourteen tracks, and sure, the arrangement and transition between pieces may be a tad off, but at the same time -considering Jackson so rarely released albums- I'm relieved that he always made sure to respect the buyer by making sure their dollar would buy more than most other CDs which average 8-12 tracks.

Dangerous is not as diverse an album as some of his other works (Thriller, Bad, Invincible), but it defiantly contains the King's spark of creativity in every second of its running time.

Also: Make sure to check out Michael Jackson's DVD concert 'Michael Jackson - Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour'. It will blow you away!

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Michael Jackson was still going for pop hits with 1991'sDangerous, but he also front-loaded the album with six straight Teddy Riley-assisted cuts. This half-hour swoop of tense, aggressive, often angular funk was Jackson's most interesting music sinceThriller, and still sounds, well,invincibleon this remastered edition. After that, the record's uneven, but there's nothing embarrassing about it, either. "Gone Too Soon," a non-Jackson composition about teen AIDS casualty Ryan White, is a quiet statement (particularly played next to the choir-laden "Heal the World," "Keep the Faith," and "Will You Be There") showing that the star doesn't always have to get showy. The sprightly "Black or White" is explicitly pro-interracial romance, an angle its video didn't go near, and the urgent "Give In to Me" is almost scary. Scary good, that is.--Rickey Wright
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Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic
Release Date: October 16, 2001
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