POP GOES THE DECADE- A totally rad look back at the glorious 80's and all the flicks, fashions, tunes, and TV shows that made the decade so cool and memorable in the first place. Like, for sure!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

RETRO ALBUM REVIEW- Thriller by Michael Jackson


      What can possibly be said today about Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" album that hasn't already been said to death?  Nothing.  It was simply THE album of the 80's- we all owned a copy, admit it.  Released in November of 1982, this ground-breaking album would go on to garner an amazing seven top 10 singles and currently remains the best selling album of all time.

     Michael Jackson pretty much owned 1983.  From his groundbreaking "moonwalk" on the Motown 25th Anniversary special in May to the release of the iconic "Thriller" video in December- MJ was everywhere.  Often cited as Jackson's greatest album of all time, it's simply a must-have for any serious music collector or pop culture lover.

     There's never a dull moment to be found on "Thriller".  It manages to be all around entertaining, and crosses all musical genres and boundaries.  Michael Jackson was able to transcend all race, age, and labels with this album as well.  This album had humongous mass appeal - it really didn't matter who you were. Everybody had this record.  He became the King of Pop with this album.  Very much like Madonna and Prince, Michael Jackson put out great albums in a decade where there was tons of great songs, but lots of one-hit wonders. This is a great album.  "Beat It", "Wanna Be Startin' Something", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" are white-hot tracks, and will be packing dance floors all over the galaxy for thousands of years to come.  It's timeless. Epic.  This album WAS the 1980s. "Thriller" is Jackson's triumph- forever iconic, influential, ground-breaking, and immortal.

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