Reviews in 200 Words

Bad by Michael Jackson, 1987

In Album (Throw-back) on September 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Michael Jackson owned the 80’s, but something about Bad really stepped up his game. Certainly Jackson was forced to grow up at a young age, but the songs on Bad seem to define him as finally beyond his childhood. And no matter what you think about the waves of Jackson’s career, there’s no denying that he not only changed the world of music, he changed the world of dance, pop-culture and artistic success. One might even go as far as to say, he changed the world. Why isn’t Michael Jackson on Mount Rushmore? The list of artists who could name him as an influence is unending. “Bad” gave us that phenomenal video that was played over and over on MTV, back when MTV was still about music. Everyone in the world wanted to be in that gang, dancing next to MJ.  “Dirty Diana,” “The Way you Make Me Feel,” “Smooth Criminal;” these songs are grown-up and charged and serious. It’s okay to admit that, “Man in the Mirror,” still inspires you, every time you hear it. These songs make you want to move like Michael; these songs make you want to be the one “who’s bad.”  

-Micah (Jackson) Ling


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