"I can honestly say that Dangerous is MJ's most daring work since Thriller.The reason it's not a 5-star masterpiece is that like Bad it tries too hard to top Thriller.The first problem is that this is his first CD album where he fills up the entire 77+ minute playing time.Second,Quincy Jones is replaced by Teddy Riley.Where the work with Q was groundbreaking, this collaboration with "Ted" seems like chasing trends than setting them(that includes the appearence of rapper Heavy D).Where Q would've made a well balanced collection of songs,the album feels schitzo due to the fact that Teddy's production's dominates the first half,while MJ's sole production dominates the other.Though there are some great songs in this collaboration(Jam,In The Closet,and the classic Remember The Time)the new jack production sounds redundent after a while.The best songs (along with the aforementioned Remember The Time)is MJ's own productions.The atmospheric drama of Who is It and Give In To Me displays the true brilliance of Michael.Black or White is short & snappy(but the intro and that whack rap should be edited out on future pressings),while Heal the World & Keep The Faith may mean well,they're obvious copies of past songs(We Are The World and Man In The Mirror respectivly).The two tracks that really lift this album is the trancending Will You Be There & the sweet but sad Gone Too Soon.Like most CDs these days, Dangerous is a belabored album to listen to.It takes way too long to get to the best songs.You can always program your player, but always remember,great albums are listen to as a whole,not pieces."
Dangerous: The Greatest POP Album Ever Recorded
David M. Sulkers | 11/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though this album may already be eight years old, it still plays up there with the recent trend in musical style. This album is amazing! From the begining we ae taking on a tour of the singers smost creative side, his darkest side and his warmest side. The album shines with brilliant production, fantastic songwriting and beautiful orchestration. 'Jam' begins the album on a heavey note, not because it is emotionally raw but because the song's driving beats and rhythms are unforgetable. 'In The Closet' raves up to the ultimate climax, a song which was originally intended as a duet with Madonna, has no problem making the grade without her (it is hard to imagine her here!) 'Remember The Time' is a wonderfull up-tempo song filled with lip-smacking beats and a great chorus, pure genius. The hits 'Black Or White' and 'Heal The World' never sound out of date but rather define the time they were huge on the POP charts. 'Who Is It' (my favorite on the entire album, and let me tell you it is hard to come up with one! ) is so pure, but angry in its beat that you can't stop listening. That is the whole effect of this album, you can't stop listening! 'Will You Be There'? Do I have to say more, Beethoven would be proud! 'Keep The Faith' is the second time Jackson, collaborated with Alanis Morisette hit maker Glen Ballard and the result was amazing! The greatest album on the face of the planet, well the greatest POP album. The singers ultimate perfection, though his new release in 2000 may prove otherwise, he reached his creative climax (so far, maybe not though with the first five songs off 'Blood On The Dance Floor'!)with this album. Everyone should buy a copy, becuase here is michael jackson at his best. Not the Michael Jackson that we've come to know (or think we know) through the tabloids, but the Michael Jackson we came to love through the music. If I could give this album six or seven or higher out of five I would! Five out of Five."
The break-through album of the 90s by MJ
Hassan Galadari | Boston, MA USA | 12/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Much publicity was met through when this album came out. The first being the release of the single Black or White, being the most widely watched song to be viewed by an audience at the same time. After it was released came the controversy of the last part of the video in which MJ goes berserk and simply creams a car and smash through windows before becoming this big cat. The single also stirred up some issues about colr and why was it that Michael was including this topic at a time in which he was really becoming whiter by the minute. The album is a really good listen. There are some privately honed songs, but they can also be related to others as well and not attributed to the singer or the issues going through his head. My favorite two songs in the album were rightfully put back to back on the cd release. "Who is it?" and "Give in to me". The first song was mellow and had a very haunting beat throughout that made you sink deep so low at the times when you just broke up with someone or simply brushed off by others. Give in to me has a similar beat in the background that comes apparent when the song is on the verge of ending. That song has the same feel as the first, but makes you brush off that loss by acquiring a power of your own destiny. In general, most of the songs are really great. Jackson goes a long way in terms of production and refining the sound of the album. Though it is not Thriller, but I see that throughout each album released by MJ, his music stem through a different originality everytime."
David M. Sulkers | 08/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I recently went through some old stuff from my childhood, and amongst other things I found a Michael Jackson poster,and some tapes(Dangerous, Thriller, off the Wall) and I rememmbered how big a fan I was! I put Dangerous in the tape player and suddenly I was back in 1991-92.. Disregard what others say, this is such a great album, not only the music, but the way it makes you feel. All the song are great, but Black and White, Heal the World, In the Closet, and Rememmber the Time are really excellent!No matter how hard certain people try to diss Michael, it's impossible not to respect this madly talented artist! The Michael haters, are the young teeny boppers, who are to young to rememmber the time when Michael rocked the world!!Two words 'buy it'!!"
Dangerous is a crown jewelled masterpiece!
Chris Douglas | Michigan, USA | 12/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When most people think of Michael Jackson's music, the first thing that comes to mind is, "Thriller." Not to berate this album or all that it has done for Michael, his career and the music world in general, but the "Dangerous" album is by far one of Michael Jackson's best efforts to date!With Michael's decision to part ways with Quincy Jones, he opened the door to a more raw, aggressive, gritty sound. This decision has morphed Michael from a 1980's icon into a 1990's mega-star! Michael's 1982 effort, "Thriller" and 1987's "BAD" albums were excellent musical efforts by all music standards, but were heavily pop influenced! Jackson's decision to recruit singer/songwriter/producer, Teddy Riley allowed Michael to reconnect to his R&B roots and garnish a new legion of fans that he would not have obtained by relying on the same formula that he and Quincy Jones had produced for over a decade.Some of the hightlights from this album would be tracks such as "Jam," "Why You Wanna Trip On Me," "Remember The Time'" "Can't Let Her Get Away," and my all-time favorite, "Who Is It." Don't take my word for it, 7 million music lovers can't be wrong!"