Bad 25 The three discs and one DVD of live, remixed, and remastered material here are a potent reminder of just how much Bad 's pulsing pop… Bad 25 The three discs and one DVD of live, remixed, and remastered material here are a potent reminder of just how much Bad 's pulsing pop… 2012-09-18 Michael Jackson Pop Legacy
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Bad 25 (2012)

STILL 'BAD' The CD/DVD collection offers remastered material from Bad as well as a set of unfinished tracks
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STILL 'BAD' The CD/DVD collection offers remastered material from Bad as well as a set of unfinished tracks
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Sep 18, 2012; Lead Performance: Michael Jackson; Genre: Pop; Production: Legacy

The three discs and one DVD of live, remixed, and remastered material here are a potent reminder of just how much Bad's pulsing pop holds up. But the real treasures are the six previously unreleased tracks: Noticeably unfinished (refreshingly so, given Bad 25's hermetic polish) numbers like rhythmic earworm ''Don't Be Messin' Around'' and tender ''I'm So Blue'' shine, while ''Al Capone,'' an early sketch for ''Smooth Criminal,'' is strong enough to stand alone as its own single. A

Best Tracks:
I'm So Blue
Messin' Around
Originally posted Sep 05, 2012 Published in issue #1224-1225 Sep 21, 2012 Order article reprints