February 21, 2008

Test Spin: Michael Jackson

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Despite all of his legal troubles, it’s impossible to think of Michael Jackson without recalling his glory days of musical wonder. After all, in 1982, Jackson brought forth unto the world Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. Now, 25 years later, many of his classics from this infamous album Thriller, have been remixed by present day artists like wil.i.am, Fergie, Akon, and Kanye West to create Thriller 25. This album is fused with heavy hip-hop beats to form modern tunes, bringing the King of Pop’s music closer to the R&B genre of 2008.

Being a diehard MJ fan, it almost feels sacrilegious to listen to the new versions of his songs. Tracks that proved themselves timeless a quarter of a century ago now have hip-hop artists attempting to warp them. It’s a tough call whether or not the remixes do the original songs from Thriller any justice or not, but Thriller 25 is definitely an album worth checking out for the new Michael Jackson experience alone.