Michael Jackson – “Thriller” (1982)

June 25, 2010 at 8:02 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

One year ago today, MJ passed away. The Beat Patrol posts this review (and one of Off the Wall) by Christopher Connelly from the pages of Rolling Stone, Jan. 20, 1983.
It’s always interesting to see what critics thought of an album at the time of its release. Keep in mind, that at the time,
Thriller had a lot to live up to, following up the massive-selling Off the Wall (which was already 3 years old), and there was no way to predict that Thriller would go on to become the biggest-selling album of all time. Most people probably thought it could and would never match Off the Wall’s sales. We take for granted now that it dwarfed the sales of Off the Wall, and everything in its wake…  

In the three years since Michael Jackson’s first solo album, Off the Wall, sold 7 million copies and spawned four hit singles, black music has veered away from the danceable but ultraslick style that Off the Wall epitomized. From Prince to Marvin Gave, from rap to Rick James, black artists have incorporated increasingly mature and adventurous themes–culture, sex, politics–into grittier, gutsier music. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michael Jackson – “Off the Wall” (1979)

June 25, 2010 at 7:11 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)


On the first year anniversary of MJ’s passing, The Beat Patrol posts this review by Stephen Holden (Rolling Stone — Nov. 1, 1979) of his excellent Off the Wall album. Can’t believe a whole year has gone by already since his, and Farrah Fawcett’s passing…   


Like many an aging child star, Michael Jackson has had to grow up gracefully in public in order to survive. Until now, he’s understandably clung to the remnants of his original Peter Pan of Motown image while cautiously considering the role of the young prince. Off the Wall marks Jackson’s first decisive step toward a mature show-business personality, and except for some so-so material, it’s a complete success. Read the rest of this entry »

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