Soft rock of ages

Perhaps this year’s second most interesting article indirectly related to soft-rock music was published in today’s New York Times Magazine. (The first, for our money, is Eric Harvey’s Pitchfork essay “The Quiet Storm.”) It’s one of what will be many welcome beats in the countdown to this fall’s 30th anniversary of the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” (We found it through this Atlantic Wire post noting Daryl Hall and John Oates’ role.)

Once you get past the absence of Toto, and the “stimulus-package” description (not just for the  comparison to be made between it and a more recent high-profile one, and related political context to be teased out), there’s lots of food for thought about the landmark album as Jackson’s best, the pop-chart arms-race competition he and Prince gave each other, and the present and future prospects of one Adele Laurie Blue Adkins.

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