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Vinyl LP pressing. Michael Jackson is the most successful entertainer and one of the most influential artists of all-time. To date, he has released 13 #1 singles, been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, set Guinness World Records and sold over 1 billion records worldwide. Jackson's sound, style and dance moves continue to inspire today's artists and his fans all over the globe. XSCAPE id being released by Epic Records in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson and was executive produced by L.A. Reid, along with other producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins and John McClain. XSCAPE features eight never-before-heard tracks.
Top Customer Reviews
The opener "Love Never Felt So Good" is a classic, feel good Jackson soul ballad. It is a beautiful song that could have easily been added to "Off the Wall" or "Thriller" as a single, it is that strong.
Another gem is "Loving you" which in remixed form on the standard album sounds well done as an up-tempo dance up and in the context of the album really injects some pace. However Michael's synth driven original is a slow paced "Bad" era ballad that is one the most uplifting, touching songs he has ever written. It is also quite personal and written in the first person, which is actually quite rare for any Jackson song post Bad, as lyrics started to become more impersonal and paranoid.
Chicago is a smooth modern take on the Liberian Girl theme from Bad but with less of the magical visceral fantasy imagery that astounded much of his best work. Another song that struggles for this reason is "Do You Know Where Your Children Are" which is more of a statement of concern than a well crafted piece of pop.
Blue Gangsta and A Place with No Name (especially the acoustic, western inspired deluxe original version) are other high points in a album that is successful on so many levels. Considering how it has been constructed with many different producers over such a protracted time frame it is incredible how complete and diverse it actually feels.Read more ›
Track 1 Love Never Felt So Good:.. An 80s disco vibe, amongst crackling vocals. Love Never Felt So Good was recorded in the 80s, and should've been released in the 80s too. 10-10
Track 2 Chicago:.. Michael sings in a low chord during the verses, before unleashing regret and angst in the chorus. About a girl who was already married.10-10
Track 3 Loving You:.. Another one with an 80s vibe, a love song yet more "poppy" that a ballad would be. 10-10
Track 4 A Place With No Name:.. Using a sample from "A Horse With No Name" comes A Place With No Name. Superb. 10-10
Track 5 Slave To The Rythm:.. A funky disco groove getting at women being treated worse than men. 10-10
Track 6 Do You Know Where Your Children Are:.. About a girl who runs away from her abusing stepdaddy, only to resort to prostitution. A few hehes and you have a song!!! 9-10
Track 7 Blue Gangsta:.. About a girl who makes him angry. Worth noting that his vocal performance is outstanding. 10-10
Track 8 Xscape:.. Another disco groove. Probably the poorest on the album but hey. 8-10...
Gotta get it!!!
Deluxe edition is the way to go. Includes :
A cool poster of MJ,
All songs in their original forms aswell as the remastered versions,
A DVD Documentary on how the album was made,
A booklet of all the songs' lyrics,
And the hit, Love Never Felt So Good remixed with MJ and Justin Timberlake. Two pop stars, great song.
My personal standout tracks are "Chicago" "Slave To The Rythm" "Blue Gangsta" and "Love Never Felt So Good'..
So all in all. GET ITTTTT!!!!!!
"Xscape" represents a bionic Michael Jackson. The voice, the lyrics, the melodies, the feeling, they are all Michael. The rest is all built around this man, who is encased in gleaming technological machinery. MJ, a hopeless perfectionist, was competing with himself, so it is fascinating to compare the "modernised" tracks with the original demos included on the deluxe edition of "Xscape". This edition is really the one to go for, as it offers the essence of the artist behind these songs, plus, the documentary feature is quite interesting ( you, also, get a nice poster).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
MJ at his finest! I've always loved the leaked version of Xscape but this is killer. Love every second of this album.Published 1 month ago by Jacinta
Love this album so I bought this copy for my cousin to play in her car. She loves it too:)Published 2 months ago by Bella