“Thriller” by Michael Jackson - album review

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TJR says

The seventh album from the 24-year-old was delivered in November, 1982, and it'd be fair to say it was a game changer for him, spending THIRTY SEVEN WEEKS at the top of the Billboard 100 over the course of the next 14 months, a phenomenon. 32 million copies had been shifted worldwide during that period, easily making it the best-selling album of all-time, an accolade which it holds to this day. Incredibly, they were able to lift seven singles from the nine (the world was spared “Baby Be Mine” and “The Lady In My Life”), and all of these made the Top 10 stateside. Ok, so it's quite good fun to do the “ma ma se, ma ma sa, ma ma coo sa” funky chicken, and giving it your best Vincent Price (“and whosoever shall be found, without the soul for getting down, must stand and face the hounds of hell, and rot inside a corpse's shell”) is hard-to-beat at Halloween. I'll even admit that the juicy goss of “Billie Jean is not my lover, She's just a girl who claims that I am the one, But the kid is not my son” keeps things interesting in a nosey-parker sort of way. However, when you drill right down into it, the amount of pop drivel within, not to mention the occasional false rock God, make this an album which is impossible to love. Don't believe the hype.

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A1 [06:02] 5.2.png Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (Michael Jackson) Disco / Funk
A2 [04:20] 2.0.png Michael Jackson - Baby Be Mine (Rod Temperton) R n B
A3 [03:41] 1.8.png Michael Jackson featuring Paul McCartney - The Girl Is Mine (Michael Jackson) Pop Ballad
A4 [05:57] 8.0.png Michael Jackson - Thriller (Rod Temperton) Disco / Funk
B1 [04:18] 3.3.png Michael Jackson featuring Eddie Van Halen - Beat It (Michael Jackson) Pop
B2 [04:54] 5.3.png Michael Jackson - Billie Jean (Michael Jackson) Pop
B3 [04:05] 1.9.png Michael Jackson - Human Nature (Steve Porcaro, John Bettis) Pop Ballad
B4 [03:58] 2.4.png Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (James Ingram, Quincy Jones) Disco / Funk
B5 [04:59] 0.5.png Michael Jackson - The Lady In My Life (Rod Temperton) Pop Ballad

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