MusicAddiction In The Mix: Michael Jackson

September 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM | Posted in !InTheMix!, Michael Jackson | Leave a comment

I decided to add a new kind of post to MusicAddiction to spice things up a bit: MusicAddiction In The Mix. In these posts, I’m creating 6 minutes mixes including songs with a certain theme. That theme could be an artist, a word, feeling or even a season, but the mix eventually forms one big song. It’s really fun so I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I do!

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of his seventh studio album Bad, the first theme of the Mix is Michael Jackson. Since I’m not only including songs from that album (the album review will come soon, a ‘Bad-overflow’ would be too much), this mix will include songs from the last 30 years of his career. That is, the Off The Wall era (1979) to one song from Thriller 25 (2008). These songs are the ones I enjoy most out of his entire discography, and I’ll explain to you why for each individual song below.

Listen to the mix here:

One More Chance
(00:00 – 00:30)

Opening the mix, we have the song One More Chance, which was the new song on his greatest hits album Number Ones (2003). Ever since I first heard this song I fell in love with the genuine lyrics and the softness of the music. It’s so much more melodic than Michael’s usual disco/pop style, and with that it actually was quite a breath of fresh air. Being a ballad, it’s almost autimatically one of his best tracks since Michael wasn’t only the King of Pop, he was also the King of Ballads to me. I included this song in the mix because it’s one of his most underrated songs in my opinion.

Whatever Happens (feat. Carlos Santana)
(00:30 – 01:00)
Another underrated song in Michael’s discography is from the likewise underrated album Invinceable (2001). That album features some very nice songs, some which feature a great oldschool beat and others being heartfelt. This one stays inbetween, since it’s a midtempo song with a nice beat but it’s lyrics are very pretty too. The best thing about this track is that it features the best guitar player ever: Carlos Santana. The magical chemistry between that man and his acoustic guitar is amazing, it gives the song such an unexpected Spanish flavor.

Rock With You
(01:00 – 01:30)
Being one of Michael’s most-loved songs ever, this one had to be included ofcourse. Released in November 1979 it definitely reflects the musical hype of that time: disco. With some influences of rock it creates one of the best tracks on his 1979 album Off The Wall. The arrangement includes bass, beats, synths and even some low pitched brass instruments every now and then to add a little extra to an otherwise standard Jackson song. Definitely one of his most enjoyable tracks.

Billie Jean
(01:30 – 02:00)
Do I have to explain myself with this one? I mean, it’s quite obvious why Billie Jean is featured here. Apart from that addictive bass line being some kind of a Hall and Oates copy (I Cant’t Go For That (No Can Do)), it’s one of the best songs in the category of simple arrangements. There’s simply the same music all the time, but something happens that makes it special. Groovy guitar riffs, that bass line and Michael’s vocals make Billie Jean an unforgettable addition to this mix.

Bad
(02:00 – 02:30)
Ofcourse, there’s the title track to this year’s big anniversary edition of Bad. The story behind this song is a startling one, since it’s about a boy from the hood that went to public school, returned during Thanksgiving and got killed by his jealous friends. His quote: ‘I’m bad, you’re bad, who’s bad, who’s the best?’ led to Michael writing this track. It became one of his best agressive tracks with a lot of oomph to it, and I love the fire that goes on.

Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
(02:30 – 03:00)
I don’t think I’m gonna have to tell you guys what this song is like. Everyone that has heard a couple of Michael Jackson songs in his or her life knows this one, his first big break as a solo artist and therefore a milestone in his career. One of the best disco-funk songs ever, there’s no way I can ever get enough of this one. Michael displays his vocal tics a lot if you know what I mean, but that makes it even groovier.

Thriller
(03:00 – 03:30)
Probably his most original concept to date, and that includes the amazing short movie clip (definitely look it up on YouTube, it blows your mind). It’s so creepy with all the grizzly nighttime effects and Vincent Price’s scary vocals as he claims that ‘creatures crawl in search of blood to terrorize your neighbourhood’. I literally get shivers from this track but it’s in a good way, Michael’s music has never been better. Thriller was his definite peak.

Man In The Mirror
(03:30 – 04:00)
Michael’s own favorite song had to be included ofcourse, and it’s one of mine too, naturally. One of his gorgeous ballads, the message in this R&B/gospel inspired track is beautiful: ‘If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and then make that change’. As the song progresses into this big arrangement with a lot of beautiful background vocals, I get some serious goosebumps and sometimes even a tear in my eye.

Earth Song
(04:00 – 04:30)
A song that can even loosen some more tears is the socially conscious Earth Song, a song everyone can sing along too thanks to the simple yet effective chorus. This is Michael’s plea to God about all the wrongs in the world, in which he sings about ‘this crying Earth, its weeping shores’. It has been my favorite Michael Jackson ballad ever since I was just a toddler, I remember always wanting to watch the video when it came up on MTV so this brings back some personal memories as well.

Smooth Criminal
(04:30 – 05:00)
My favorite uptempo, no doubt about it. The lyrics are pretty lame, true, I mean… Annie is not okay Michael x] BUT. The song is funky dance/pop at its best with a lot of hard beats and catchy basslines. Michael hits some amazing notes near the end of the song, and his overall vocals are simply the best. I can’t help but being a fangirl about this one. Not even the lyrics can ruin that, haha.

Scream (feat. Janet Jackson)
(05:00 – 05:30)
Michael didn’t do many collaborations, but when he did them they featured some of the best artists in the business: Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and ofcourse his own sister Janet Jackson. The latter is featured in this song, and since they’re siblings their vocals sound so stunning together. Both felt right at home in this track, made during a difficult time when Michael had a bad relationship with the tabloid, that started calling him ‘Wacko Jacko’. I’d say: TELL EM MICHAEL. Tell em how it really is.

For All Time
(05:30 – 06:00)
Ending the mix, there is the beautiful ballad from the Thriller 25 album. I still can’t see why Michael didn’t feature this track on the original Thriller album, it’s so beautiful, sincere and emotional! I know some only love the Jackson songs with a lot of beats and bass, but don’t underestimate his ballad qualities. They come out best in this one and I’m so glad we eventually got to hear it on the anniversary edition of Thriller. I’d like to dedicate the addition of this song in the mix to Michael himself, the world misses him.

So these were my absolute favorites, ofcourse this wasn’t everything, there are too many Michael Jackson song to choose from. Yet these aren’t just my favorites some of them were very important songs in his career and they deserved their spot in this mix. I united them all to show the relation between them, Jade style. Is this a personal mix? Yes, it is. Everyone’s mixes can be different. This one shows how I generally feel about Michael’s music. Listen and feel for yourself to see if you agree with me or not ❤
As for Michael: rest in peace fellow, you were amazing.

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