Michael Jackson

Blood on the Dance Floor

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The decline of Michael Jackson as a commercial force seemed confirmed by the disappointing response to his 1997 remix album, Blood on the Dance Floor/HIStory in the Mix, which missed the Top Ten, while its title single, one of five new songs on the disc, peaked outside the Top 40. While blame for the diminishing success might be attributed to Jackson's ongoing public relations problems, there is also a problem in the grooves. "Blood on the Dance Floor" is an up-tempo Jackson song in the increasingly hysterical tradition of "Billie Jean" and "Smooth Criminal," with Jackson huffing, puffing, and yelping through some nonsense about a stabbing (including the unfortunate phrase "seven inches in") over a fairly generic electronic dance track. The two remixes, one by Tony Moran ("TM's Switchblade Mix") and the other by Farley & Heller ("Fire Island Vocal Mix") typically stretch out the original version with added programming, but fail to improve the song. The single is completed with Roger Sanchez's unnecessary remix of the 1991 Jackson track "Dangerous."

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