Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Can You Feel It" by The Jacksons

Song#:  0585
Date:  05/02/1981
Debut:  89
Peak:  77
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  The Jackson's "Triumph" album already spawned two Top 30 singles and that helped the album reach the Top 10 - their first since 1972. It was also their first #1 R&B album since 1971. This third single didn't do as well at pop or R&B (#30), but it did reach #6 in the UK and Top 10 in other countries.

ReduxReview:  It took me a few listens to get into this song. Once I did, I kind of liked it. It's the sections with Michael on lead that make the song come to life. The rest kind of falls a bit flat. This probably could be a killer song as a Michael solo song with a more amped-up arrangement. I don't remember the video of this at all (see below) and after viewing it, I'm sure I would have remembered. Like a lot of what Michael did later in his career, it's way over the top and is some kind of message thing that I can't quite figure out.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  A concept and story for a video was developed by Michael Jackson and it was filmed with lots of special effects and sounds. It was more of a mini-movie lasting over 7 minutes (over 9 if you count the credit roll). The song kind of gets overpowered by the sound effects and visuals, but it was considered a bit groundbreaking at the time. For MTV's 20th anniversary (2001), they issued a list of the 100 best videos and this one was included.


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