snoqueen wrote:Michael Jackson.
I'd agree. To pick a nit I'm not sure he's acclaimed as an artist as much as a performer or for sheer sales. But close enough.
I'd take a step further and include all of Motown. MJ's the best example of the slick but kinda dull stuff that I hear when I listen to Motown.
Very little on Motown has ever caught my ear the same way pretty much anything on Stax or Atlantic does. Motown wanted to capture a white audience and they did just that but in the process they knocked too many rough edges off for me.
Motown is one of the few labels I blow right past when digging thru records as I've yet to hear anything that make's me want more.