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Off the Wall (Spec)

Dance & Electronic and Pop album by Michael Jackson

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The most excitingly fun Jackson album

  • Aug 22, 2009
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With unmatchable pacing and manic energy Michael Jackson's Off The Wall is one of the best albums ever released, and out of all the Disco era music I've heard this album has probably aged the best of them all. Perhaps the defining aspect of this album's success is the excited tone Jackson puts into every single, this being before he became one of the world's most iconic figures and before he became the Tabloid's favorite target. This makes Off The Wall his most excitingly fun album. It is free of his `Save the World' messages and loneliness so it just makes the album a lot of fun to listen to from start to finish.

Songs Include
Don't Stop `Til you Get Enough - The most infamous of the album's singles Don't Stop `Til You Get Enough is one of Jackson's best. This song is just exciting one of many on this album that make you want to take to the dance floor.

Rock With You - A lovely ballad that is one of Jackson's best slow-dance songs. The song is sweet, tender, and has an undeniable great beat.

Workin' Day and Night - Another in a series of songs that just about force you onto the dance floor.

Off The Wall - This is probably Jackson's best title song of an album. It's serious in lyrics, yet at the same time it has a fun tune that gets your body moving.

She's Out of My Life - One of his famous concert songs it is sweet and heart wrenching. Many people who understand a break-up, or even if you have never gone through one should feel the emotion of this song's tune and lyrics.

All the songs on this album and it's the most exciting of Jackson's albums. It isn't his best album but it certainly is the most free-spirited of his albums. You can tell that he had fun recording the album and that this was treated more as an experiment than a profession. It falls behind Thriller on the chart of Jackson's great albums and with a low-price you are insane not to have this album in your collection.

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Given the pace of Michael Jackson's post-Thrillerrelease schedule, it's striking thatOff the Wallappeared between two albums with his brothers,Destiny(1978) andTriumph(1980), on which the twentysomething phenomenon was also fully engaged. Aided by richly detailed but not overdone production,Off the Wallredefined how much Michael might do.

Tracks like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Rock with You," the title cut (all Top 10 singles), and "Burn this Disco Out" not only consolidated his dance-floor power, but showed just how soulful and varied his vocals could get on uptempo material. Artistic role models like James Brown and Jackie Wilson echo through the mixes, but these were Jackson's leaps forward. The addition of pure pop confection--Paul McCartney's "Girlfriend," Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It"--further fleshed out the star's young-adult persona and helped make Off the Wall among the most fondly remembered of all his solo work. This special edition features two magic home demos and entertaining, insightful interviews of producer Quincy Jones and "Rock with You" composer Rod Temperton. --Rickey Wright

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Label: Sony
Artist: Michael Jackson
Genre: Pop, Dance & Electronic
Release Date: October 16, 2001
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