5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I'm a huge MJ fan and impressed with all the songs on the album including the first track. Got the album at a great price.
Published 8 months ago by DaveC2003
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3.0 out of 5 stars is it him at all?
Its amazing they could only find one track for the this is it album, and yet a year later another ten have been found.Fans of Jackson like Madonna can not bare anything being said against the artist even if it turns out to be true, I like both but like to judge things fairly and honestly.for myself. However with all the chat on the internet, I personally and as a fan...
Published on 17 Dec 2010 by Mr. R. G. Prizeman
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3.0 out of 5 stars is it him at all?,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)Its amazing they could only find one track for the this is it album, and yet a year later another ten have been found.Fans of Jackson like Madonna can not bare anything being said against the artist even if it turns out to be true, I like both but like to judge things fairly and honestly.for myself. However with all the chat on the internet, I personally and as a fan think this is a very disrespectful thing for a record company to do, digging up unfinished songs and putting them in the public domain,finished without jackson consent, this is not what Jackson would have wanted, and any true fan would respect that.The authenticity of "Breaking News" has been questioned.Doubts over whether the vocals were actually by Jackson have been raised, reportedly by Katherine Jackson and Jackson's two eldest children, as well as Jackson's sister La Toya, his nephews T.J., Taj, and Taryll, and many of his fans. His brother Randy Jackson posted a series of messages about the album on his Twitter account stating that family members weren't allowed at his studio where the album was being completed. According to Randy, when engineer Teddy Riley played him some of the tracks, "I immediately said it wasn't his voice". In a statement, Sony Music Group countered that it had "complete confidence in the results of our extensive research, as well as the accounts of those who were in the studio with Michael, that the vocals on the new album are his own." Teddy Riley, Frank Dileo and Jackson's estate have since defended Sony's claims that the song is authentic. Producer Teddy Riley who worked on the songs "Hollywood Tonight," "Monster" and "Breaking News", told Reuters the he had to do "more processing to the voice, which is why people were asking about the authenticity of his voice." Said Riley, "With the Melodyne we actually move the stuff up which is the reason why some of the vibrato sounds a little off or processed, over-processed. We truly apologize for that happening, but you are still hearing the true Michael Jackson."Ahead of the album's release, a lawyer for Jackson's father Joe said Jackson "would never have wanted his unfinished material to be released." Will.i.am, who collaborated with Jackson for the album prior to his death, also criticised the release, saying it was "disrespectful" to release the unfinished material because Jackson was not able to give it his blessing. Apparently Jackson dad has signed a new deal with Sony for a further 5 albums, quite amazing for an artist who only managed to release six albums with the label when he was alive.My final question if in years to come it is proved that thus is not Michael Jackson, do we sue Sony for fraud?. So what is the album like, well its no Dangerous, Bad or Thriller and that's fine, but I find myself skipping more tracks than wanting to listen to them. The album just is lacking Jackson' final input, on the production and sound. In terms of sales the album was a flop, hence the very low price tag now. If you really want Michael Jackson and a fan of his music you would keep to the music he recorded when he was alive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Farewell My Summer Love Volume 2,
This review is from: Michael (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. Indeed, even compared to other posthumous releases (eg Queen's Made in Heaven or John Lennon's Milk and Honey) this does not seem to have been the success that Sony may have expected.
It is also encouraging that at the time of writing Sony will be releasing a 25th Anniversary edition of Bad featuring raw (not overdubbed) demos. I hope this is an indication of Sony's future policy - any unreleased music should be used to shed light on the music that Michael released rather than be passed off as the album he would have released had he lived.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as bad as the press say.. again!,
This review is from: Michael (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. Its okay, it isn't great. The rap by 50 Cent isn't terrible.. the raps on Invincible or Dangerous weren't great either but they work I guess don't they?.. They break up the beat and song and, well.. add their 50 Cent (excuse the pun).
Best of Joy is apparently the last track MJ worked on before dying and is, as I said earlier, much like a Janet Jackson track from the 90's.. very easy FM radio from back then.. a "Roll down the windows of the car and drive by the sea with your friends" kind of thing.. It's very middle of the road but sweet enough..
Breaking News is personally my least favourite track. Its also the most contentious, what with the talk of it not being entirely MJ's voice but possibly Jason Malachis... whether it is or isn't, it just isn't that great a track. Its lyrically one of Michaels shouting at the press for talking about him. What started well with Leave Me Alone, the songs of this ilk have got worse with every record.. Why You Wanna Trip On Me was better than Tabloid Junkie and then Privacy was the worst track on Invincible.. and this is the worst track on Michael.
I Can't Make It Another Day with Lenny Kravitz is a good track. It doesn't entirely fulfil it's potential but should of been worked on and put on Invincible back in 2001 for sure. Its got good rock vocals from MJ, a funky groove.. its cool..
Behind The Masks by far the best track for me. The long known about track from the Thriller sessions, this versions full of funk and energy and its just great to hear MJ singing to a classic Disco beat again one last time!! His vocals for the verses are great to hear, when exactly they were recorded I'm not sure but they're great. Full of personality, passion and dripping in class. Its a great track.. the best MJ track released since maybe Blood On The Dance Floor.
Much Too Soon closes the record in a sweet final ditty. A pretty tune with Acoustic accompaniment, the record finishes with MJ almost saying goodbye in that heart tugging falsetto only he seems to get away with.
Overall, as I say, this record is NOT a musical disaster. Indeed I reckon many casual fans will actually far far prefer this record to Invincible. It's certainly been put together as a "something for everyone" record. It won't offend anyone thats for sure, if anything it may be too middle of the road. In a way, I suppose this is the most contrived, aimed at the pop market MJ record since the eighties. Dangerous, History and Invincible had MJ very much steering the ship as to what was on the disc.. this is clearly a record companies record.
As to whether its MJ or Jason Malachi singing Breaking News or Best of Joy.. who knows..
Whether its right or wrong to release these tracks when MJ hasn't had final say on it is neither hear nor there now, they're out I'm afraid..
Personally, as a big Jackson fan I was always going to end up getting these tracks. I don't agree with the record 100% but frankly its inevitable, a precedent hasn't been set by this by any means and to be honest I want to hear whatever there is, he ever created.. good, bad or ugly, they all, for me atleast, help paint a more complete picture of him, the man, the artist.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a classic, But do not be put off by the controversy,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)It almost seems ironic that even in death Michael is able to evoke controversy, And part of me feels cynical that such things are just to help promote the album further but thats neither here now there when it comes to the music.
Firstly the trouble with any artist work thats released after they have died, You can not be certain that they would of wanted the songs to go out to the public in the form they are this album is no different.
Much too soon- Lovely track
( I Like ) The Way You Love Me- Another track with a lot of charm
Behind The Mask- OK a bit over produced but still a amazing song and interesting to compare to the Eric Clapton version
( I Can't Make It ) Another Day- Just works somehow and Lenny Kravitz is on it so what more could you want?
The hype behind the 3 alleged fake tracks, None of which are awful by the way.
Album is too short I am sure there was other tracks that could of made it on the album. I figure they be sold seperately on different albums over next few years.
Judge for yourself guys, Theres enough good stuff on the album to outweigh the controversy over possible fakes and there are far worse albums out there.
I hope Sony is not planning to con the fans with lots more rehashed tracks in the future though, I would rather a box set or something of unreleased tracks etc than Michael's talent abused.
4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jackson - Michael,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)I am a big fan of Michael Jackson and was a little sceptical about this CD but glad I finally bought it as it is very good
3.0 out of 5 stars For fans,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)Nothing special about it. Love it if you are a fan, bought as a present for someone else so not much to say
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than the critics said.,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)I read about this album in many magazines and most of the reviews slated it. There are some who think that Michael didn't sing on all the tracks and some who think that he would not have agreed with the music added to his pre-recorded vocals. I choose to forget the politics behind all that and simply just listen to the album as it is and it is really good. Well written songs and the music is modern and hip. Very good album.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)I'm a huge MJ fan and impressed with all the songs on the album including the first track. Got the album at a great price.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Album is Fantastic!!,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)This album is amazing and such a must for MJ fans to hear the songs that were never released! BRILLIANT!!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!,
This review is from: Michael (Audio CD)MIchael did one more time fantastic work. All the songs one by one is amazing. I think the most incredible is "Hold My Hand" feat Akon.
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