Review: Michael Jackson – Ben

Michael Jackson brings us joy and enchantment on the Ben album with production help from the famous record label Motown. Each and every track on this particular album is memorable. Ben features Michael Jackson in the spotlight of course. Most of the Ben album is geared towards a cheerful mood as that’s what pop star Michael Jackson is known for. You have amazing pop classics such as Ben, Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool, Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day, People Make the World Go Round, and In Our Small Way. 1972 proved to be a good year for Michael Jackson as he had a string of No. 1 hits.

The song Ben is about a rat that is loved by an abused child, which is Michael Jackson, and the rat returns his love. The rat, Ben, isn’t welcome or accepted by many as he is constantly searching for a place to find acceptance and approval. People don’t understand the value of Ben though.

Ben was a reflection of himself. Ben was his only friend since he didn’t get to have a childhood. The song captures all of those deep emotions of a mature singer. That is the beauty of this song. There is something about the beauty of a boy and his rat that gets people emotional. You’ll start to cry whenever you hear this song.

Ben is the best song written about a rat in the history of music. No one can sing a song about a rat the way Michael Jackson can and could. Even at such a young age, Michael had such an amazing voice. Michael was a prodigy. Michael Jackson captured deep emotions at a young age where most child singers don’t until they’re adults.

The song Ben was the theme song for the 1972 movie Ben. Michael Jackson wrote the song for the 1972 movie Ben. He also sung the theme song for that movie. The movie and single helped Ben become Michael Jackson’s first No. 1 hit.

Here is an interesting fact about this song. “You’ve got a friend in me” were the lyrics later used in Randy Newman’s song You’ve Got A Friend In Me that was used in the Toy Story movies series. Randy Newman gave Michael Jackson credit of course.

People Make the World Go Round addresses the political issues and social issues the world faces. The song also addresses environmental upheaval as a result of human nature. This song isn’t about love as many people would’ve you think or believe it to be.

Michael Jackson was right on point for his time when he sung the lyrics for this song. Even at a young age he was fighting for the world to be a better place and he was fighting for equality. He also addressed the issue of environmental upheaval as a result of human nature coincidentally as well. Michael just wanted the world to become a better place.

Read the lyrics below to get an understanding.

[Verse 1]
Teachers on strike, no more school today
They want more money but the board won’t pay
Everybody is talking about ecology
The air is so polluted that it is hard to breathe

[Verse 2]
Old folks judge you by the clothes you wear
They swear you’re a hippy if you have long hair
Young politicians fight for poverty
While people still cry for equality

Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day has that Jackson flavor to it with help and production by Motown prodigy Stevie Wonder. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day is cover of Stevie Wonder – Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day. Berry Gordy and Stevie Wonder were geniuses for writing this song. The Motown prodigy collaboration is purely genius! Results prove otherwise.

The pop ballad surely displays its mood in a seldom cheerful manner. As a musical prodigy, his music brings us joy and enchantment. The song uses the elements of jazz, pop, and soul.

In Our Small Way is cute, special, and moving. Not to mention the cheerful mood. After all, this is a Michael Jackson song that features Michael in the spotlight of course. Michael Jackson and Beatrice Verdi wrote a portion of the lyrics.

The song teaches us that a smile makes all the difference in the world. He changes the world in a small way through smiles. Love is all we need. This Michael Jackson stands out because the amount of positivity inside of the lyrics.

These lyrics in Verse 3 say it all. “Just a little time is all it takes/What a difference just a smile can make, you will see/Love is all we need” Love and smiles are what we need. This is the song summarized in nut shell.

So do these lyrics. “Maybe you and I cannot do great things/We may not change the world in one day/But we still can change some things today/In our small way” “In despair we will be the hope/And the prayer that frees the soul/We will be there to share each lonely road/Because we love, I know/We care enough”

The Greatest Show On Earth is a song about love. You know what they say. Love is like a circus and carnival that is beautiful to see. Love can turn your mind around like ferry wheels and spinning carousels. You will be a part of the world of make believe. Flying high like a man on a trapeze.

Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool shines light to the audience as a love song. Despite that, the lyrics don’t sound very convincing as they are not very happy. The sound quality is perfect though.

I rate this album 5/5*****!

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