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Michael Jackson: Dangerous

Track List

>Why You Wanna Trip on Me
>In the Closet
>She Drives Me Wild
>Remember the Time
>Can't Let Her Get Away
>Heal the World
>Black or White
>Who Is It
>Give in to Me
>Will You Be There
>Keep the Faith
>Gone Too Soon

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone (1/9/92, p.50) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...DANGEROUS rises to the impossible challenge set by THRILLER..."

Spin (p.84) - "Teddy Riley produced the first half...juicing 'Can't Let Her Get Awy' with exhilarating disco propulsion, and corralling Heavy D for a roly-poly rap in 'Jam.'"

Q (1/93, p.69) - Included in Q's list of the 50 Best Albums Of 1992.

Q (Magazine) (p.127) - "[The production] spurred him to his breathless best on urban dance numbers 'Jam' and 'Remember The Time.'"

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Michael Jackson, Heavy D, Christa Larson (vocals); Teddy Riley (guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, drums); Paul Jackson, Jr., Tim Pierce, David Williams, Slash (guitar); Larry Corbett (cello); Jai Winding (piano, keyboards, programming, bass); David Paich (keyboards, synthesizers, programming); Steve Porcaro (keyboards, synthesizers, programming); Rene Moore, Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Bryan Loren (Moog synthesizer, drums, percussion); Abraham Laboriel (bass); Jeff Porcaro (drums); Wayne Cobham (sequencing, programming); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Siedah Garrett, Shanice Wilson, The John Bahler Singers, The Andrae Crouch Singers (background vocals).

Producers: Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley, Bruce Swedien, Bill Bottrell.

Engineers include: Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley, Matt Forger.

Principally recorded at Record One Studios & Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, California. Originally released on Epic/Sony (45400).

Digitally remastered by Bernie Grundman (Bernie Grundman Mastering, Los Angeles, California).

Despite the success of Bad, it was hard not to view it as a bit of a letdown, since it presented a cleaner, colder, calculated version of Thriller -- something that delivered what it should on the surface, but wound up offering less in the long run. So, it was time for a change-up, something even a superstar as huge as Michael Jackson realized, so he left Quincy Jones behind, hired Guy mastermind Teddy Riley as the main producer, and worked with a variety of other producers, arrangers, and writers, most notably Bruce Swedien and Bill Bottrell. The end result of this is a much sharper, harder, riskier album than Bad, one that has its eyes on the street, even if its heart gets middle-class soft on "Heal the World." The shift in direction and change of collaborators has liberated Jackson, and he's written a set of songs that is considerably stronger than Bad, often approaching the consistency of Off the Wall and Thriller. If it is hardly as effervescent or joyous as either of those records, chalk it up to his suffocating stardom, which results in a set of songs without much real emotional center, either in their substance or performance. But, there's a lot to be said for professional craftsmanship at its peak, and Dangerous has plenty of that, not just on such fine singles as "In the Closet," "Remember the Time," or the blistering "Jam," but on album tracks like "Why You Wanna Trip on Me." No, it's not perfect -- it has a terrible cover, a couple of slow spots, and suffers from CD-era ailments of the early '90s, such as its overly long running time and its deadening Q Sound production, which sounds like somebody forgot to take the Surround Sound button off. Even so, Dangerous captures Jackson at a near-peak, delivering an album that would have ruled the pop charts surely and smoothly if it had arrived just a year earlier. But it didn't -- it arrived along with grunge, which changed the rules of the game nearly as much as Thriller itself. Consequently, it's the rare multi-platinum, number one album that qualifies as a nearly forgotten, underappreciated record. [Dangerous was re-released on CD in 2015.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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