Thursday, December 06, 2007

450. Michael "Wacko Jacko" Jackson - Off The Wall (1979)

Track Listing

1. Don't Stop Till You Get Enough
2. Rock With You
3. Working Day And Night
4. Get On The Floor
5. Off The Wall
6. Girlfriend
7. She's Out Of My Life
8. I Can't Help It
9. It's The Falling In Love
10. Burn This Disco Out


So someone has been listening to Stevie Wonder... but all that political stuff is really too much so he decided to make it funkier and dumb it down. Well there is nothing wrong with that, in fact this is an album that touches your inner child. Sometimes that child is touched inappropriately, because the challenge to your manliness that comes from prancing around the house in your boxer shorts (laundry day) dancing to Wacko Jacko is substantial.

So this is a fun album, with a little interlude of a ballad in She's Out Of My Life that although it sounds heartfelt sounds slightly out of place in what is such an upbeat album.

So if you like fun, don't turn your nose up to this. Nose... get it? Nose. So yeah I enjoyed it a the most basic level of music, the fact that it makes you happy and dancy but really doesn't demand anymore from you. But that music has its place and if it is done as competently as it is here it deserves to be respected and listened to. This is a perfectly produced album of pure fun, and a trip back to a time when Jackson was a great singer and performer.

Track Highlights

1. Don;t Stop 'Til You Get Enough
2. Off The Wall
3. Rock With You
4. Burn This Disco Out

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Despite its commercial success, Jackson felt the album should have made a much bigger impact. In particular, Jackson was angry that he had won "only" one Grammy Award at the Grammy Awards of 1980 (Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough"), losing the Grammy Award for Best Disco Recording to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". He became determined to exceed everybody's expectations with his next album. Even Jackson couldn't have prepared himself for the phenomenon that followed. (Though his personal vow was fulfilled at the Grammy Awards of 1984 when he swept the ceremony, taking home a record-breaking 8 awards). Then he made sweet love to Macaulay Culkin.

Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough:

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