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This review is from: Music and Me (Audio CD)First of all, it is interesting to note that Motown seemed to be exploring Michael's ballad territory with this album, with mixed results. With The Jackson 5ive, Michael always seemed to sing the faster tracks, using his trademark exuberance to full effect. Jermaine was the band member who sung ballads, with his more mature vocals suited to slower work.
Here, maybe because Michael's piping, youthful voice has changed ever so slightly since he made songs such as Got To Be There, Motown try Jackson on a new menu of ballads, inculing cover versions of songs by artists such as Nat King Cole and Jackie Wilson. One of the songs is from the soundtack of Lady Sings the Blues (a Diana Ross film), and another is from the Broadway Show, Pippin. One of the songs, Jackie Wilson's 'Doggin' Around', is an even greater step away from the typical material Jackson was recording at the time - it's a bluesy track, which Jackson sings surpisingly well. Michael's cover of Nat King Cole's Too Young is spolied by the fact that Jackson was at the time, actually tooo young for the subject of the song.
On the whole not a bad album, but Motown were fast losing thier touch with Jackson's ever-growing talent. Not as good as Ben or Got To Be There - both these albums were far more 'solid'.