Q (Magazine) - p.127
"[T]hey struck gold with this disco-inspired set, driven by the irresistible pulse of 'Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.66
"[O]n the dazzling 'Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground), Michael's future was being mapped."
Blender (Magazine) - p.854 stars out of 5
-- "[The] high-def funk and sophisticated balladry proved the adult brothers were a force to be reckoned with."
The Jacksons: Tito Jackson (vocals, guitar); Michael Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jackie Jackson (vocals); Randy Jackson (percussion, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Michael Sembello, Roland Bautista, Paul Jackson (guitar); Greg Phillinganes (keyboards); Nathan Watts, Gary King (bass); Rick Marotta (drums, percussion); Ricky Lawson, Ed Green (drums); Laudir DeOliveira, Claudio Slon, Paulinho Da Costa (percussion).
Recorded at Cherokee Recording Studios, Total Experience, Helders/Flimways, Record Plant and Dawnbreakers, Los Angeles, California.
After DESTINY'S opening thumping baseline, funky guitar chords, and Michael Jackson's hiccuping "heeee-heee-heeee," there's only one sensible thing to do--blame it on the boogie. Or blame it on the Jacksons' 1978 platinum-selling album for being so damn good. The tenor of the times was finally right for the band, and everyone involved is on top form. With songs all written and produced by the Jacksons, the emphasis is on booty-shaking music with heart and real soul. Within a year Michael Jackson's OFF THE WALL album, on the charts for 52 weeks, would make him a force to be reckoned with. But on DESTINY, Michael's passion and desire is palpable, giving the album its real power and edge.
Besides "Blame it on the Boogie," DESTINY also features the disco-combustible "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)." Just about all the songs here are superlative, with standouts including Michael's delicately displayed anguish on the tender "Push Me Away," and the surprisingly poignant soul-searching "Destiny" which presciently foretells the situation the boys were soon to face as Michael's popularity soared.