Michael Jackson - Michael Album Review

Michael Jackson Michael Album

Review of Michael Album by Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson. King of Pop. After his untimely death back in 2009, long-standing fans can rejoice with this posthumous release of unreleased music. As the album cover suggests, Michael Jackson has had one stellar of a musical career. Destroyer of various world records, pop icon over five decades, and with various public scandals in tow; no one can deny the magnitude of Michael Jackson's impact upon the music scene. Whilst cynics may dismiss this LP for an attempt of milking the potential cash machine, the result is actually a decent and solid offering that reminds us why the world fell in love with this still-reigning King of Pop.

The route back down nostalgia lane starts off with Hold My Hand, a track, bittersweet all the way up to the final piano notes, that is truly beautiful. Michael's sweet vocals, both literally and metaphorically, haunt us. Whilst this is sure to become a new fan favourite, this track was released as an official single yet it didn't actually chart well across the world, and thus probably telling us something about Michael's future posthumous fate. Michael adopts the token choir that brings the track to a stunning end, as similarly seen in the mid-tempo Keep Your Head Up, which exemplifies how Michael still harbours his great vocal skills, even if he is singing sickly lyrics such as 'all you need is love' - but to be fair, this is what he has always made sound cool.

From the traditional RnB tracks, to the retro pop, Michael still seems to hold the capability to effortlessly transgress music genres. His duet with Lenny Kravitz, Another Day, is an average rock pop track that alludes to Michael's later 90s sound and contains the clichéd 'hoo-hoo' that will certainly raise hairs upon your arms. Hollywood Tonight is a great, albeit 90s sounding pop track that is extremely catchy. With its staple repetitive chorus, it really feels like we have all taken a trip on a time machine back to Michael's music catalogues of the early 90s. Monster, likewise, sounds like the lovechild of his two colossal hits Thriller and Scream to create what probably would have been a huge world hit if Michael was still alive today, especially with the addition of 50 Cent. The only criticism one may make here is the fact that these tracks sometimes come across a bit too out-dated, and thus if this really is the 'best' of the unreleased tracks out there, the Jackson camp may start finding it difficult to construct decent-enough future posthumous releases. This is further highlighted by the presence of some real filler tracks such as Best of Joy and Behind the Mask that really bring nothing to the collection.

It wouldn't be a decent Jackson record if it wasn't surrounded by controversy. Breaking News is a great track that touches upon the media's obsession with the pop icon; ironically a track further surrounded by dispute as fans have claimed that it may not even be Jackson's own voice on the track. Furthermore, both Jackson's lawyer and other Pop stars such as Will.I.Am have deemed it disrespectful that these tracks have been released, particularly when Michael was so adamant that they shouldn't be. Either way, even in death, Michael Jackson is still establishing himself as a talking point. There is no doubt that fans will lap this up. The result is decent and it would, dead or alive, stand as a great addition to what looks to be a very lengthy back-catalogue. As Michael Jackson's sleek vocals haunt us, there is no denying in this fundamental fact; Michael Jackson really was something.

4 / 5

Nima Baniamer




Official Site - http://www.michaeljackson.com


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godsavedsiu

This is a pretty good review on 'Michael" compare to most of the others. I laugh at the people quote Michael music as "outdated". Most of the kids today don't even know what music is. I would rather to listen to great "outdated" music than the now-a-day garbadge with no meanings and melodies.

3 years 2 months ago
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Alice Jackson Walker

That last line just really got me. 'He really was something' if you haven't realised it yet, you will reading that.

3 years 2 months ago
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Young Chicken

I love the song Hold My Hand, I just wish radio stations would have given it a fair shot. My other favorites are Much Too Soon, Monster, Breaking News and Keep Your Head Up. I look forward to hearing more music from Michael's vault.

2 years 9 months ago
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LUVUMORE

I just got the album (took me a while to decide whether to buy it or not). I'm a 48 years old female that has grown up with MJ's music. The first impression when I heard the album was "this is not MJ" but, as always, it grew into me and although with a different voice sound you can still feel Micheal Jackson. No matter what they say, I believe he still had a great career to live for!I just hope that his family are able to keep his Legacy.LuvUmore

3 years 1 month ago
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Cat lady 9

I asked for and received this album for Christmas. I'm a 65 yr. old white female. I love the whole album. No one could do it like Michael from the time he started singing with the Jackson 5. His voice is so pure. "Singers" of today (most can't really sing)should listen and learn. He was his music. To the tabloids and trash talking people, i.e. Diane Dimond, listen to Breaking News and Monster. Karma can be a bitch and I hope all the haters get theirs soon. This is a wonderful album to play in the car and just to sing along to. R.I.P. MJ.

3 years 2 months ago
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Yoginy

Having got the album for months, my 1st favorite is "Keep Your Head Up" than and I also like "Hold My Hand", "Hollywood Tonight", "Best of Joy" & "Much too Soon" followed by the rest of them. In a nutshell, I love them all and wonder why the review named the songs "outdated". To me and the majority, all of Michael's songs are timeless. It is hard to figure "Michael was something". He's a genius. No one has ever come near to his talent and performances. Who will break the #1 best selling record? No one and I don't think there will be. This is certainly not just something but so much bigger ... In fact, he's mega in life or death.

2 years 11 months ago
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LEP

I would have to agree with this: "Michael Jackson really was something".

2 years 5 months ago
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djcamarsue

BEHIND THE MASK is the #1 Song on this album. I heard that it was recorded around 1979 and the voice sounds like a young MICHAEL JACKSON, but his voice is timeless.

2 years 10 months ago
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djcamarsue

"Breaking News" and "Hollywood Tonight" are my favorites I am a 43 yr old female..."Hold My Hand" and "Keep Your Head Up" is my 8 yr old daughter favorites and "Monster" is my 14 yr old son favorite and "Another Day" is my 22 your old favorite......That's Michael jackson for you, something for everyone...

3 years 1 month ago
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shell517nj

I think behind the mask is a great song. love the sax. I get several inquires when I play this song in public. it does have a touch of nostalgia that truly works.

3 years 2 months ago
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