Artist: "Michael Jackson"
Album: "Thriller 25"
Genre: Pop
Label: Epic, Legacy Recordings

Reviewer: Dr. Boogie
Posted: 9/14/2008

Review: Some twenty five years after the release of the original Thriller album, we have... the same album. Even so, youíd be hard pressed to find a pop music album with as much appeal as Thriller.

The main difference with Thriller 25, apart from new cover art, is the addition of several re-recordings of the tracks with contemporary singers like Kanye West and Fergie. I canít say that Iím a fan of any of the new artists, but I guess it you need something different to keep this from being just another repackage.

Mediocre remakes aside, the album is still packed with some of Jacksonís most memorable hits. And who could forget the Thriller video? Not the CDís creators, as youíll find the video, along with videos for "Beat It" and "Billie Jean", on the included DVD. Youíll even find a little bonus recording track of Vincent Price from Thriller.

Say what you will about his screwy personal life, the man could write some great music. Not so much now, really, but Thriller, that one was something else.

Overall rating: WholeWholeWholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

That damn kid
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:49 AM
Meh, I'll just get the songs I want from i-tunes.
Official Punching Bag
Sep 15th, 2008, 09:08 AM
Thriller: I've never had this album, has it got filler?
Sep 15th, 2008, 10:48 AM
The only filler on this set is the terrible cover versions. The rest is great
Pickled Patriarch
Sep 15th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Agreed... why "artists" (and I use that term extremely loosely) such as Fergie are on this 25th anniversary album is beyond me. I'm sure they're trying to connect with a younger generation, but fuck that. You don't need to add onto one of the greatest albums ever produced. "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean"... that's more than enough. Plus the additional Vincent Price outtakes is a nice extra.
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:07 PM
I love how Thriller actually has Vincent Price saying "ya'll".
Retardedly Handsome
Sep 15th, 2008, 04:36 PM
I'm sure they're trying to connect with a younger generation
Michael has been trying to connect himself with a younger generation for a long time, that's why he needs to put out these crap-tastic albums, to pay for his legal fees.

Thats right I'm classy.
lurking on the walls
Sep 15th, 2008, 05:37 PM
I have the album, and i gotta say, Thriller is like one of the classic songs i hear every Halloween, and it'd be weird if i never heard it at least once a Halloween, you know?

Like how "Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas" from Tales from the Crypt is one of my favorite Christmas albums, it took me seven years to find it, and i listen to it at least once or twice each Christmas.

you should review that this Christmas i think it'd be funny hearing the Crypt eeper singing traditional songs with a morbid twist, once more, and yur opinion on it
Sep 15th, 2008, 06:31 PM
Original album: awesome. This album: un-awesome. I was just playing Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for genesis for the graveyard level to do the Thriller dance with the Zombies.
The Goddamned Batman
Sep 21st, 2008, 10:54 AM
The original version of this album is definitely well worth buying.
Who? Me?
Dec 10th, 2008, 08:44 PM
Without a doubt, Thriller is possibly one of the biggest achievements in pop music--heck, it IS the world's bestselling album, after all.

I've especially always loved Billie Jean. The music video is pretty awesome, too.