The Underrated: Michael Jackson's Off The Wall

By @TrueGodImmortal

1. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough
2. Rock With You
3. Working Day And Night
4. Get On The Floor
5. Off The Wall
6. Girlfriend
7. She's Out Of My Life
8. I Can't Help It
9. It's The Falling In Love
10. Burn This Disco Out

I know what you're thinking... is it possible to actually have an underrated Michael Jackson album? Yes, it is. Off The Wall, to me, is his 2nd best album in the string of 4 consecutive classics. No, I don't have Thriller as his BEST album, though it is easily his greatest album(overall) and one of the greatest albums of all time, just on impact. I think Bad is his best album, and Off The Wall is his 2nd best album ever. The disco element was heavy throughout, with splashes of funk and soul, and I have always loved them. Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson together were absolutely brilliant and this album was the first taste of that union.

From the beginning of the album, with the hit singles "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You", you knew this would be something special. Michael effortlessly carries "Rock With You" with his flawless vocals as the smooth beat invites all listeners to dance. The upbeat "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" was a great introduction for this album and alludes to the dance hits that Michael would have on the album later.

"Working Day And Night" tells the struggle of an everyday man, and the upbeat disco vibes make for a smooth listen while invoking more dancing yet again. My favorite song on this album however, is the funky yet almost soulful "Get On The Floor", which I feel is the prequel to the classic Jacksons song "Everybody" from their Triumph album. The song is similar in style and tempo and Michael absolutely kills it.

The period between "Get On The Floor" and "I Can't Help It" is absolutely masterful, as Michael provides us with classic after classic. I find myself singing along to "Girlfriend" often, as Michael made magic and flawlessly coasted over the McCartney track. Rod Temperton doesn't get enough credit overall for his work with Michael as he penned the title track and assisted Quincy with production. Another great track on the album has to be the Stevie Wonder penned "I Can't Help It", which is the smoothest track and most soulful on the album.

Check Michael's rendition of "She's Out Of My Life", as he gets very emotional near the end of the song which is always good to see authentic emotion in music. Michael and Patti Austin combine for one of the closing tracks "It's The Falling In Love", a nice disco ballad of sorts, and then you have the "Burn This Disco Out" finale, which I'm not the hugest fan of, but the song is still quite fun.

All in all, I truly feel as if Michael created something magical with this album and even 36 years later, the legacy is still strong and the music is easy to listen to as if it just released today. Classic.



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