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Michael Jackson was born on the 29th of August 1958. He has 8 siblings: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, Rebbie, Janet and La-Toya Jackson.

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music
  • ASIN: B004ASO3W4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Behind The Mask
2. Hold My Hand
3. Hollywood Tonight
4. Keep Your Head Up
5. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
6. Monster
7. Best Of Joy
8. Breaking News
9. (I Can't Make It) Another Day
10. Behind The Mask
11. Much Too Soon

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Michael is the first release in nine years of new material by one of music's most beloved icons whose artistry continues to touch new generations of fans. The album contains ten tracks, produced by an esteemed group of producers along with Michael Jackson. While primarily focused on songs that Michael worked on recently, there are also earlier compelling tracks.

BBC Review

For a man who’s now been dead just over a year, Michael Jackson has been awfully productive lately. This is his sixth posthumous release since he collapsed and died on June 25 last year, his body coursing with Propofol and Lorazepam, midway through rehearsals for the This Is It tour. Yet Michael is notable for being the first release thus far with any legitimate claim to containing new, original material. Biographer Ian Halperin claimed that in the March before he died Jackson had recorded over 100 songs he didn’t want released until after he died. The first set of new songs, then; but almost certainly not the last.

Not that it’s a given proud perfectionist Jackson would have wanted many of these songs to have seen the light of day even when he had expired. New, it should be noted, is a word open for manipulation when it comes to deceased multibillion-selling artists. Syrupy closer Too Much Too Soon hails from the Thriller era; Hollywood Tonight, meanwhile, is a scrap of a song dusted off and tarted up from 2001’s Invincible sessions. If there is a heaven, and if Tupac, Cobain, Presley et al made it through the gates, chances are they’re consoling a wincing, visibly embarrassed Jackson, cursing his inability to bolt the demos drawer in Neverland’s vaults just that little bit tighter.

Michael is also a release notable for its special guests. 50 Cent turns up on Monster, a song which is essentially Thriller stripped of everything that’s brilliant about the tune, while Jackson and Akon battle it out to be the dominant force on opener Hold My Hand. Somewhere beneath the Senegalese-American’s "woos" and "yeahs" there’s a passable Michael Jackson B side, but anything that’s good about it spends the entirety of the songs running time battling to break through. Marginally better is the Lenny Kravitz collaboration (I Can’t Make It) Another Day, thanks largely to just how energised Jackson sounds. Though the guitarist does his best to sully matters by noodling all over the top of it.

Last month Jackson’s mother Katherine claimed that many of the songs on Michael contain vocals that belong to voices that aren’t her son’s. Record label Sony refute the claims, assembling a team of former associates – studio engineers and the like – to give creditability to their defence. But for anyone who feels passionately about the legacy of Michael Jackson, his mother’s caution is certainly worth consideration based on the content here, regardless of the facts.

--James McMahon

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2014
Format: Audio CD
Michael (Album).

Product Info.
1xCD
Posthumous Album
11 Tracks

Track Listings.

1. Behind The Mask
2. Hold My Hand
3. Hollywood Tonight
4. Keep Your Head Up
5. (I Like) The Way You Love Me
6. Monster
7. Best Of Joy
8. Breaking News
9. (I Can't Make It) Another Day
10. Behind The Mask
11. Much Too Soon

Timelord Thoughts.
25th June 2009 & the legendary king of pop Michael Jackson is found dead at his home in Neverland & as the world mourned his passing & fan's including myself celebrated his musical achievements, however Sony Music decided to release a posthumous album in December 2010 that features unreleased demos & vocals from Michaels 2001’s 'Invincible' sessions that have now been spruced up & remixed that feature collaborations with musical artists 50 Cent, Akon & Lenny Kravitz to name but a few.

Given what a musical perfectionist Michael Jackson was I'm not certain he would've appreciated this release as these songs obviously wasn't up to the king of pops high standards & it's doubtful many of these songs to have seen the light of day even if he hadn't died.

The songs aren't quite up to the high standards of Michaels previous albums & without the king of pop's musical creative input this is essentially just a remix album & someone else's vision, these tracks feel more like B' sides than hit singles & it's easy to see why Michael never included them on his previous albums although to be fair 'Much Too Soon' is a beautiful country type song that includes a wonderful acoustic guitar sound by the excellent Tommy Emmanuel while '(I Can't Make It) Another Day' is another gem enhanced by Lenny Kravitz superb guitar solo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE on 12 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
Criticised by just about everyone on release, and with a seemingly endless list of mediocre or down right bad reviews I decided not to purchase this album and did not add it to my collection until only a few weeks ago. This is a perfectly good Michael Jackson album with perfectly good songs. Hold My Hand with Akon is just beautiful and so poignant, just listen closely to the opening line. The remaining 9 songs, are perhaps best described as 95% songs, all good songs but not perhaps polished and then finished to MJ standards. That being said, as far as I am concerned there isn't a bad song on the whole album and that can't be said about many albums including some MJ albums.

To sum up, if you're an MJ fan you probably already have this, however if you're not buying it because of bad press and comments, think again. At less than £2 it's fabulous value for money. Go on you know you want to!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Spaceboy on 7 Jun 2012
Format: Audio CD
In 1984 at the height of Michael Jackson's post thriller career, his former record label Motown released an album called Farewell My Summer Love which consisted of songs recording in the 70's overdubbed by an 80's sounding band, presumably in an attempt to pass it off as a new Michael Jackson album. The Producers of "Michael" have attempted the same conceit.

Like Farewell My Summer Love, "Michael" is technically a decent album. It seems to cover all the bases and sounds like how you might imagine a Michael Jackson album to sound. Unfortunately, the listener is left with a rather hollow feeling because a vital element is missing - Michael himself. This is not his vision, he did not make any artistic decisions. As fans know, he would agonise over every note of every album. The fact that he did not do that here means that he is simply being used as a product. This is essentially a remix album - someone else's vision.

This may have been a more interesting album if the producers had provided a bonus disc with the raw tracks that they had used so that listeners are able to identify how the album was put together.

It would always be inevitable that Sony would be issuing posthumous material, particularly given the riches that apparently remain in the vaults. However I would have preferred an album of tracks written and produced by Michael alone. After his collaborations with Quincy Jones and then several other producers, this would have been a more fitting final album rather than a gathering of producers guessing what Michael would have done.

It is encouraging that fans have not responded overwhelmingly to this album and is perhaps a lesson to Sony that Michael's fans are not simply going to buy into everything that they slap Michael's name on.
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44 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Ziggywatters on 13 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you listened to the media, the music press, you'd be inclined to think this album is appalling.

It's not appalling. It is a somewhat patchy record but on first hearing it's certainly more than merely listenable and is sprinkled with catchy hooks and typical Jackson pop.

Clearly there are many ethical arguments against the album. This isn't the first time though an artists been treated in this way after death, so at some point we have to just accept it and listen to the music.

The ten tracks serve as a sample of all that MJ does musically. There's a gospel track, an anti press track, a ghost and ghouls track, a rock track etc etc.. they've covered all bases basically. As I say, most the tracks are good. Not exceptional, but good.

Hold My Hands fine, if a bit Akon heavy for me. Clearly trying to dip into the Man in the mirror feel it's very run of the mill in comparison but more than listenable.

Hollywood Tonights a more upbeat track, quite a late 90's boy band sound. It has some nice hooks but essentially the chorus becomes a little repetitive. Its a good jack swing beat though.

Keep Your Head Up is one of those Jackson good will songs, featuring a gospel choir, it reminds you of Cry or On The line. It builds to a heartwarming gospel and strings play out but as a song, it never quite hits the heights of something like Will You Be There.

I Like The Way You Love Me is a very easy listening pop song. Like Best of Joy, later in the album, it really reminds me of a Janet Jackson track.. like Whoops Now or others from that time.. it maybe has a key change or two too many but is essentially a fine background track but nothing ground breaking.. its pleasant.. no more no less.

Monster reminds me of 2000 Watts most.
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