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Michael Jackson

Bad: 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition

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October 5, 2012

Twenty-five years on, Bad sounds less like Thriller's underachieving follow-up than a masterpiece of pure pop. The deep cuts rule, from the clamorous electro-soul of "Speed Demon" to the harrowing "Leave Me Alone," whose thump can't disguise the song's core loneliness. The treat here is the rarities disc, with demos that reveal MJ's creative process – an ingenious mad scientist, live from his lab.

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