The eighth, and the second best-selling, album from the late American singer-songwriter and musician which reached #1 on the Billboard 200. The album features the singles 'Black Or White', 'Remember the Time', 'In the Closet', 'Jam', 'Who Is It', 'Heal the World', 'Give in to Me', 'Will You Be There' and 'Gone Too Soon'.
Michael Jackson was still going for pop hits with 1991's Dangerous
, but he also front-loaded the album with six straight Teddy Riley-assisted cuts. This half-hour swoop of tense, aggressive, often angular funk was Jackson's most interesting music since Thriller
, and still sounds, well, invincible
on this remastered edition. After that, the record's uneven, but there's nothing embarrassing about it, either. "Gone Too Soon", a non-Jackson composition about teen AIDS casualty Ryan White, is a quiet statement (particularly played next to the choir-laden "Heal the World", "Keep the Faith", and "Will You Be There") showing that the star doesn't always have to get showy. The sprightly "Black or White" is explicitly pro-interracial romance, an angle its video didn't go near, and the urgent "Give In to Me" is almost scary. Scary good, that is. --Rickey Wright