Originally Posted by mc_squared
Not true. His last album "Invincible" flopped big time, and sucked hugely. It ended up in the "bargain bucket" section in double-quick time. And prior to that his albums had been getting more and more "MOR" and self-obsessed. He also started concentrating far too much on the "show" and not enough on the music.
I saw him in concert once and it was more like a circus then a music event. It was a huge disappointment.
So has Elton John - but HE hasn't created anything good for years, either. It's as if all the energy has been sucked out of him.
Well firstly, Elton John is pretty old...wtf is he supposed to be doing at this point?
It's doesn't matter of all three of them totally quit tomorrow. They still did. Typcially irrelevant artists don't do that.
Secondly, if any other artist today had released an album with the results that Michael's last album had, no one would have called it a flop. The two singles that were released charted in the Top 20, and the first single in the Top 10. No, it wasn't Thriller
...but if it were anyone else...people would most
definately be treating it differently. Some of the popular artists of today aren't even fairing as well as that on the charts, but no one is eating them alive for it.
Any article you see says, 'Jackson's last studio album sold 4 million as opposed to the 50 million his 1982 Thriller moved.'
How stupid is that. How many years did it take for Thriller to accumulate sales of this sort first of all and secondly...as if an album will ever sell that much again. Entire albums are on the internet sometimes months before their release.
When it comes to Michael Jackson these days there is alway a tendency for people to try and belittle everything. I'd give him credit. Despite all the bullshit about him and that's been said...he's been at it since he was 10. I'm not sure I can think of any other artist that's been around for that long that can still do even the little that people think Invincible did. Can you?
Every artist has his or her, or their peak. It's usually a pattern. They release some good albums, then...they release that one
album that defines their career, usually sales wise. People either hail it as the best thing ever...or they accuse them of selling out. Then after that...sales decline and people start acting like they suck completely. After that, everyone looks to their older albums and hails anything after 'the old stuff' as garbage. (IE: See Coldplay)
Off the Wall is a great album, so is Thriller...but I think Thriller is overrated. It had huge sales yeah, but so do a lot of crappy albums too. I'm not saying it's a bad album, but that's my honest opinion. I think people love Thriller so much because of the nostalgic feeling it brings and because of how huge it was at the time. But musically, I don't think it's the best thing ever
. It was a BIG album in all aspects, but I don't think bigger is better.
There is always, always a tedency for people to discredit anything he did after the Thriller album because after that it's when people decided he wasn't as cool. But Michael's albums have always been on the surface side of things...talking about love and whatever else pop singers usually sing about. Self-obsessed? I have all the albums. Bad has nothing of the sort, Dangerous has nothing of the sort, HIS
tory was an album about...well his story
, it was almost a complete retaliation to everything that had been said about him until that point. It was spelled a certain way for a reason.
Invincible is probably the only album that would be called self-obsessed, given the title and some of the songs, but still...the theme was overcoming adversity. I'll agree with you that the album was very...not that good.
Every artist writes personal songs, even him. Songs about how they felt when this or that happened...or about overcoming adversity, which I guess he writes about often because he's always put in that situation. If that counts as being self-obsessed...well
. Before Invincible I can't think of any song where he hails himself as the best, mostly he just pleads with people to leave him the hell alone.
My favorite Michael Jackson songs don't come from either of his first two major albums. I think songs like, Stranger in Moscow, Who is It, and Earth Song are way better than anything on the Thriller album, people don't seem to know these songs. I'm a sucker for a good set of lyrics, and nothing on Thriller especially is anything to scream over lyrically.
Ahh whatever. I think both of the artists mentioned are great...despite anything and everything. You can't be THE BEST forever.