Album OTW: Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall

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35 years ago this week, “Rock With You” from Michael Jackson was the number one song in the country. It was taken from the album “Off the Wall,” a groundbreaking departure from Jackson’s previous work with Motown and his famous brothers, fusing funk, disco, jazz and pop. It eventually became the first album by a solo artist to produce four top ten singles, and firmly established Michael Jackson as a star in his own right. Reviewing a special edition of the album in 2001, AllMusic called it “vibrant and giddily exciting, years after its release,” and we agree. Listen as much as you want to “Off the Wall” from Michael Jackson, our Album of the Week.

Aidan Gille

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