Dangerous or history

Do you like dangerous or history better


  • Total voters
    40
  • Poll closed .

AO98

Proud Member
Joined
Jun 7, 2016
Messages
114
Points
0
Location
Delaware
Dangerous. I love all of Michael's albums and I definitely love History. But Dangerous is just slightly better IMO. I love every - and I mean EVERY - song on that album.
 

MJsBollywoodGirl7

Proud Member
Joined
Nov 12, 2007
Messages
13,386
Points
0
Location
In eternal paradise with Michael
I can't vote since both albums contains 2 of the most incredible songs Michael has ever done. Which is Who Is It and Stranger In Moscow. And how can I choose between them? Though I always did say at one time that Dangerous is my number 1 favorite album. I guess it is because it is the cover of the album that always made me say that.
 
Joined
Feb 6, 2008
Messages
10,193
Points
0
Location
Mexico
Both of them are masterpieces in their own right but I love HIStory has a more cohesive concept and sometimes depending on my mood I just skip YANA while on Dangerous I skip WYWTOM and Keep The Faith.
 

Antwort

Proud Member
Joined
May 22, 2014
Messages
1,184
Points
48
Can't I just vote for either or both against the Quincy Jones triade? lol This was actually a bit of a tough call since I think they are both brilliant. For the longest time, I've considered HIStory to be Michael's best and most personal album. Same as sooo many others, I saw it as the closest he had come to making a concept album. There was structure, honesty and a lottt of anger and sadness at the injustice he had been subjected to.

However, I ended up voting for Dangerous now because I believes it contains a most welcome balance between the heavy themes and the lighter ones, the public service and awareness raising component of his music, as well as the exploration of romance and sensuality. What others may see as a fault - the diversity of issues covered, I see as an advantage. There is far too much sorrow and heartache attached to most of HIStory, in spite of its seemingly hopeful ending with Smile. I hate to think that it represents the closest connection between Michael's music and his life. It is extremely important because it represents Michael's brilliant, artistic answer to the horrid accusations leveled against him, but still......that one issue cannot and should not define all of his life and career. We are so much more than the sum of our struggles, or of ours conquests. However terrible it may sound, I am not that big of a fan of his 80s success, which I believe was engulfed in a rather big layer of shallowness. I believe the essence of the man was neither in the amount of Grammys he won, the gazillion sells of Thriller and definitely not in the heinous lies he was terrorized with. HIStory represented his side of that particular, sordid story, his side which also happened to be the truth, but it did not capture the story of his entire life.

It is my sincere opinion that beneath and beyond all the success and public turmoil, there was a most talented man deeply interested in the welfare of the many. And along side all that goodwill for all mankind and most especially the most vulnerable among us, he was also a man with a most conventional, if not downright traditionalist approach to the private sphere, someone with a boundless sensuality which he unleashed mostly on record and on stage due to the extraordinary circumstances of his life. And that is why I believe Dangerous reflects very well the two essential sides to Michael: the public consciousness and duty combined with the quest of private bliss. I now realize that HIStory was too much on the dark side for me. There is much evil in this world and plenty of reasons to feel down and out about humanity and Michael had some very persuasive arguments in 1993 and 2005 to feel that way, but I like to think that light is greater than darkness and evil can be defeated and overcome by love.
 
Last edited:

MJJA

Proud Member
Joined
May 9, 2013
Messages
122
Points
0
Dangerous from beginning to end however History features four really incredible songs in SIM, Earth Song, Little Susie and TDCA.
 

Hess

Proud Member
Joined
Nov 8, 2006
Messages
11,156
Points
63
I ended up voting Dangerous.

HIStory has soo many unique and great songs too though.
 

MJTruth

Proud Member
Joined
Aug 1, 2016
Messages
872
Points
0
Hmm, I think my favourite is HIStory but I could argue that (despite my own preference) Dangerous is overall a better album...
 

Cesuoh65

Proud Member
Joined
Jul 5, 2017
Messages
10
Points
1
I believe that HIStory has some of Michael's best overall songs, but it's just not as consistent to me as Dangerous. I don't find myself going back to it quite as much, either.
 

Themidwestcowboy

Proud Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2011
Messages
5,633
Points
63
Can't I just vote for either or both against the Quincy Jones triade? lol This was actually a bit of a tough call since I think they are both brilliant. For the longest time, I've considered HIStory to be Michael's best and most personal album. Same as sooo many others, I saw it as the closest he had come to making a concept album. There was structure, honesty and a lottt of anger and sadness at the injustice he had been subjected to.

However, I ended up voting for Dangerous now because I believes it contains a most welcome balance between the heavy themes and the lighter ones, the public service and awareness raising component of his music, as well as the exploration of romance and sensuality. What others may see as a fault - the diversity of issues covered, I see as an advantage. There is far too much sorrow and heartache attached to most of HIStory, in spite of its seemingly hopeful ending with Smile. I hate to think that it represents the closest connection between Michael's music and his life. It is extremely important because it represents Michael's brilliant, artistic answer to the horrid accusations leveled against him, but still......that one issue cannot and should not define all of his life and career. We are so much more than the sum of our struggles, or of ours conquests. However terrible it may sound, I am not that big of a fan of his 80s success, which I believe was engulfed in a rather big layer of shallowness. I believe the essence of the man was neither in the amount of Grammys he won, the gazillion sells of Thriller and definitely not in the heinous lies he was terrorized with. HIStory represented his side of that particular, sordid story, his side which also happened to be the truth, but it did not capture the story of his entire life.

It is my sincere opinion that beneath and beyond all the success and public turmoil, there was a most talented man deeply interested in the welfare of the many. And along side all that goodwill for all mankind and most especially the most vulnerable among us, he was also a man with a most conventional, if not downright traditionalist approach to the private sphere, someone with a boundless sensuality which he unleashed mostly on record and on stage due to the extraordinary circumstances of his life. And that is why I believe Dangerous reflects very well the two essential sides to Michael: the public consciousness and duty combined with the quest of private bliss. I now realize that HIStory was too much on the dark side for me. There is much evil in this world and plenty of reasons to feel down and out about humanity and Michael had some very persuasive arguments in 1993 and 2005 to feel that way, but I like to think that light is greater than darkness and evil can be defeated and overcome by love.

Love this post and I agree with you! Thank you for posting this
 

mjprince1976

Proud Member
Joined
Jul 15, 2015
Messages
685
Points
0
Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Dangerous, the consummate album. He was tackling bigger issues and still delivering with the funky dance numbers, seamless pop and sexy ballads. Plus he was moving into rap and gave a first rate gospel performance, with will you be there.

It was the most influential album for me and in some ways his creative peak (Of course he never lost it), but I was like 15/16 when this was hot and that was like my most enduring memory of the time.
 

KOPV

Proud Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2011
Messages
12,880
Points
63
They are both strong in different ways... The instramentals in a couple of the songs on Dangerous are so for the time.. ie. 90's where as HIStory, every track sounds present.. However Dangerous, every track is strong with rhythms.. If I did track by track Dangerous in that regard may win on a track.. mayybe two.. But lets not forget how honest and autobiographical HIStory is..

And the title of HIStory is freaking awesome to me.. double meaning of it for each CD is awesome..

In that regard they are equal with different strengths.
 

dmehta

Proud Member
Joined
Jul 25, 2011
Messages
670
Points
0
Location
London, UK
Dangerous has it all - rock, rnb, new jack swing, pop, gospel.

Give In To Me is the ultimate MJ rock song. Slash's guitar work is better than Van Halen's on Beat It and better than Steve Stevens's on Dirty Diana. This is the sort of song that is missing on HIStory. DS as a "rock" song doesn't come close.

Musically, Dangerous is far and away above History. Just listen to the flute solo on Who Is It - genius.

Will You Be There is epic from start to finish - which other pop star has incorporated gospel as well as this?

The rnb songs on Dangerous also beat the ones on History - songs like Jam and Dangerous are far more hard hitting. Remember The Time sounds soulful, WYWTOM combines new jack with rock guitar. Even the "lesser" songs such as She Drives Me Wild and CLHGA have an edge to them.


As for History, it is criminally underrated by critics and is a very good album. Lyrically it's probably MJs best album and songs like Stranger In Moscow and They Don't Care About Us rank up with some of his best - musically and lyrically.

As an album though, Dangerous has a lot more to offer in my opinion. MJ was able to draw on more musical influences and it's a journey from start to finish. The run of songs on side 2 from Who Is It to Dangerous is simply incredible.
 

StaceyMJ

Proud Member
Joined
Feb 19, 2006
Messages
9,124
Points
63
Dangerous...by a whisker. I adore HIStory and Stranger In Moscow Is my favourite MJ song of all time. But overall it has to be Dangerous. Great post above this by dmehta, swung it for me to pick it!
 
Top