Love MJ, but I never could connect with this album. I only really love the single tracks...it wasn't for me up to his usual standard. I barely have 40 plays of the album in my chart :\\. It's weird because I LOVEEEE New Jack Swing, but for some reason, I'm just not with it.
Although MJ overextended himself on Dangerous, considering what he did do he could have mixed shit up a little more. The new jack swing sound is almost solely designated to the tracks intended as singles (generally the up/mid-tempos) while the sort of (underutilized) progressive/adult contemporary sound is reserved for the ballads etc. Drawing a line like that is risky business. Dangerous is kind of like MJ's answer to Prince's Sign "O" The Times and Madonna's Like A Prayer - except he doesn't quite get the balance right between outright pop and, if y'all will, art pop. It's as if he wasn't sure whether he wanted to recreate Bad for the '90s or follow through with that bold personal statement. If this was truly the dilemma MJ faced, then a lopsided compromise was struck. The finished product is still a borderline classic for me though. Dangerous contains some of MJ's best, and most unique, material.