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Bad 25

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September 07, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT

The three discs and one DVD of live, remixed, and remastered material here are a potent reminder of just how much Bad‘s pulsing pop holds up. But the real treasures are the six previously unreleased tracks: Noticeably unfinished (refreshingly so, given Bad 25‘s hermetic polish) numbers like rhythmic earworm ”Don’t Be Messin’ Around” and tender ”I’m So Blue” shine, while ”Al Capone,” an early sketch for ”Smooth Criminal,” is strong enough to stand alone as its own single. A

Best Tracks:
I’m So Blue
Messin’ Around

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