Moose’s Guide To The Jacksons

26 08 2010

Over a year after losing Michael Jackson, the core of not only the Jackson family but much of pop music of the past 40 years, I find myself combing over the brood’s vast family catalog putting together my half of the next Moosebox Night at Wild Pug and being more impressed than one would expect.

So, I’ve put together a quick guide to the Jackson Family to save you some time and heartbreak

  • Michael: You’d think that everything is sacred with this one. Beloved icon, father, philanthropist, dead. But no, nothing is too sacred for me. I’m telling it like it is. Obviously Thriller and Off the Wall are key. Not a bad track between the two. And Dangerous, while not as well loved as others, is pretty brilliant. My pitfall is the multiplatinum Bad, full of more misses than hits and the transition from hot young man, to frightened man-boy.
  • Janet: Watching her albums come out have been like watching a steady slide down the bunny slope of quality. After 2 albums under her father’s thumb, Beat Street and Janet, both which she pretends don’t exist, she came full fledge with the classic Control and stayed hard and strong through Rhythm Nation, Janet and Velvet Rope. All great, but declining in quality. After that, I’ll leave you to pick through on iTunes for the good tracks off the last few. Time and time again, each album delves deeper into her woman parts and despair. And each is touted as a return to classic Janet, but they’ve all lied.
  • Jacksons and Jackson 5: I’m going to come right out and say it. They’re not an album family. The brother’s output is strong, but go for their best of comps. Can’t go wrong with ABC, Can’t You Feel It, or Dancing Machine.
  • And to round it out, touch on Jermaine. He’s got about 3 strong kitchy songs. Rebbie has the timelessly campy Centipede and Latoya is good for a few You Tube laughs.

Good or bad, you put them all together and they have days more hits than your family ever will.

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