I neither liked Michael's ballads nor his soft slow songs. For example 'Heal the World' is not on my top 5 songs within Dangerous. And this album is littered with slow songs. There is no rhythmic Smooth Criminal, 3-D, They don't care about Us, Ghosts, Jam, Beat-it equivalent in this album. and that is what I'd pick as an aspect that I missed the most as far as this album not having the MJ's touch goes. The variety in the album could have been better.
Now to the songs - my top 2 songs of the album are 'Hollywood' and ' Another Day'. Hollywood is a pacy song that has a fantastic chorus piece. It is a song about a woman lusting after a Hollywood career and how she'd sell herself to get there. The traditional notebook accompanying the CD case has MJ's handwriting that tells us that 'This is based on a true story'. Another Day - is a combined effort with Lenny Kravitz. And this song surprised me. As the prophetic opening lines "My Life has taken me beyond the planets and the stars" plays out - I had no idea it would turn into a beautiful chorus "I walked away but I was wrong..". This should have been the first single of the album. Another impressive song was "The way you Love Me". Which has a splendid opening and a cool tune. My fourth Favorite song was 'Monster' - which is Michael's go at the paparazzi (One of the two media bashing songs in the album - and that aspect alone makes it worth a buy). There were a few moments in that song that made me nostalgic.
Outside of the four mentioned above there aren't many 'chart buster' type of songs that can be classified as good ol' pop music. People who like his slow songs may like this album more. It does feature the several different voices of MJ which is a usual feature in most of his albums. And one of the most endearing aspects of his albums. The last page of the notebook has this in his own handwriting "We only live once. Since we are given the gift of life it should be our persistent endeavour to immortalize ourselves. No matter what field of endeavour we choose. M.J"