Given the sudden death of Michael Jackson on June 25th 2009, I found it only fitting to write a review on this CD which was the best selling album of all time - and now will probably fly off the shelves once more as band-wagoners and old fans alike fight for the prize!
Love him or hate him, we cannot deny that Michael Jackson was the consumate performer and was the initiator of many dance and music styles seens today. As an 11 year old girl back in 1982, I was crazy about the "gloved one" and to this day could not tell you what color my wallpaper was, other than MJ was plastered over every square inch. As a 38 year old, I feel differently, but that is personal opinion on personal discretions - lets stay with the topic!
As a youngster, this was my all time favorite album and I still find it enjoyable to this day, although not much listened to until recently! Released in 1982, this was Jacksons 6th album and was to go on to be the most accredited album of all time. Yes, it certainly DID thrill the listener. Why? Lyrically I cannot honestly state that the man was a genius, but he wrote music one could dance to - it was the videos that made the tracks! With only 9 songs, it didn't pack the largest amount of tracks, but each one was enjoyable and many went on to be huge hits for Jackson. This was probably the instigator of Jacksons superstardom at that time, but honestly, would it have been so recordbreaking had it not been for the mass hysteria created by marketing wizards and the super-hyped and groundbreaking video to accompany the title track? Probably not!
Wanna Be Startin' Something, Baby Be Mine, The Girl Is Mine (with Sir Paul McCartney - they also joined forces on the track Say, Say, Say... different album for another review!), Thriller (did you know that Vincent Price was the narrator?) - this was just under 6 minutes long but the video was stretched to an incredible 20 minutes or so long - I still love it to this day!!, Beat It, Billie Jean, Human Nature, PYT (Pretty Young Thing - this was my fav when I was 11!) and The Lady In My Life.
Out of these 9 tracks, seven went on to be released as singles and three of them were chart toppers. That speaks volumes in and of itself!
I could bore you with all the details of the album background, but that can be found anywhere. Basically, this is an album that is a must have for any Jackson fan and will surely be found at the top of the charts once more since Jacksons passing.
I would buy it for sentimental value purposes and enjoy it for the great tracks. Personal feelings aside, I still like this one and I strongly recommend the purchase! Piggy back your purchase with the Making Of Thriller Video!