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on 23 November 2000
HIStory starts with fifteen greatest hits, and has the curse that only genius can suffer; there aren't enough! Where is Smooth Criminal, Will You Be There, Leave Me Alone, Who Is It... Some greatest hits albums resort to fillers, but HIStory Begins could have been bigger and better and still left you complaining that it wasn't enough!
HIStory Continues, the second disc, has fifteen new tracks, inlcuding the cover of the Beatles' Come Together, previously only available as a B-side to the Remember The Time single. It's slightly more hit-and-miss than his last two albums; of Bad's eleven tracks, nine were released as singles - how's that for quality? But the best songs on the album are among his best ever. Scream is a monumental comeback single. While it was expected he would brush the recent controversies under the carpet, here he is at his angry best, fighting back. The same can be said of They Don't Care About Us, and potential buyers should be aware that the alleged anti-semitism is a myth. Here, any racist words that appear in the lyrics are used to show the stupidity of racism, not to endorse it. Stranger in Moscow is his most adult song to date, a beautiful and haunting ballad that shows how far this album has moved from his 80s heyday. These first three tracks are by far the best on the album, but there are other highlights: the title track is a messy epic; Childhood is MJ at his most open and honest; Tabloid Junkie and 2Bad kick ass; and Earth Song doesn't need anything more written about it!
His previous albums had a little more balance between the best and the slightly-less-best songs, but this is the most important album Michael Jackson has made. It has an honesty in the lyrics which makes his earlier work seem slightly empty, and will make you realise that "King of Pop" is too narrow a title for this guy. I would recommend this album to everyone. The greatest hits and the new tracks are stunning.
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on 24 July 2009
HIStory is a double album, which is a greatest hits/studio album.

History Begins:-
On disc 1, which is the greatest hits disc, it has the classic songs from Michael Jackson from 1979 - 1991. The songs are very good and features songs from the albums Off The Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987) & Dangerous (1991).

History Continues:-
On disc 2, which is the studio album, which features all of his new material in 1995.

These are the ratings i give the songs and why:-

1. Scream (featuring Janet Jackson) 10/10 - a brilliant song with Michael and sister Janet. It is aimed at the media for the things Michael went through, and it has a good beat and and makes you wanna scream too!

2. They Don't Care About Us 10/10 - This song had some bad reviews over the time, but i think its a great song, got a good reggae style beat, and has powerful lyrics.

3. Stranger In Moscow 10/10 - this is a nice R&B ballad, and has nice verses and has great emotions in it.

4. This Time Around (featuring The Notorious B.I.G) 10/10 - i never thought MJ would collaborate with a rapper, but this Rap/Hip-Hop song really sounds better then most rap songs do, and also has a great chorus and rap verse.

5. Earth Song 10/10 - what a nice song, about wars and stuff what makes our world suck. MJ in this song, really sounds great and it shows such talent in this song, and also the end of the song is BRILLIANT!

6. D.S. 10/10 - sounds like the songs "Dangerous" and "Beat It" bunched together. This song is aimed at Tom Sneddon, who strip searched MJ in 1993, also this song features Slash.

7. Money 9/10 - This song is very different to normal MJ songs, it has a different sound altogether, and it has such a great chorus.

8. Come Together 10/10 - original by the Beatles in the 60s, this song was recorded in 1988, but didn't make it on Bad, so it was made on this album instead. This song is great and i like the guitar in it.

9. You Are Not Alone 10/10 - written by R. Kelly, this song is such a fantastic R&B ballad, this song is just as good as "Shes Out Of My Life" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", it has a great beat and MJ sings this song with passion.

10. Childhood 10/10 - this is a nice ballad, all about his childhood and how hard it was for him to be famous at 6yrs old in the late 60s, has great lyrics.

11. Tabloid Junkie 9/10 - this song is aimed at the media for the stuff he has been accused of, and it has a great chorus, but you can't hear what he says on the verses though.

12. 2 Bad 9/10 - it sounds like a modern version of "Bad", but it has a great beat and lyrics are good to.

13. History (featuring Boyz II Men) 9/10 - this is a good song, but not the greatest by MJ, its more to do with history with the world and how things have changed and stuff, but it has a good chorus.

14. Little Susie 5/10 - this is such a rubbish song, has nothing catchy about it, bores you to death just listening to a girl for almost 3 minutes! This is the worse song on the album and also the worse in his career i think.

15. Smile 10/10 - written by Charlie Chaplin, this is such a great ballad, and MJ has a great voice singing this, and MJ said this is his favourite song.

In overall this album is good, but i would prefer it if it was just a studio album without the greatest hits, because you don't need if you already got it. The album lost 1 star for the rubbish disappointing "Little Susie" song. A good album to get though if you really like Michael Jackson.
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on 10 March 2008
At the time of recording this album Michael Jackson was a very angry man, the Chandler case had been going on and other people in authority were trying their best to ruin him. This was the biggest selling black artist of all time and he was living in Neverland Ranch in a purely white community, people were jealous and wanted his musical career finished.
This album was Michael's answer to them.
The songs Scream, They don't care about us, Stranger in Moscow, This time around, D.S, Money, Childhood, Tabloid Junkie and 2bad all relate to Michael's life at that time, which is why i've given this album 5 stars, this isn't his best album by a long shot but it is still a fantastic and very personal album and the people who give this a low score should sit back with headphones on and really listen to the lyrics which Michael wrote most of and then come back and correct their reviews.
All in all this is another classic album by Michael Jackson and more auto-biographical than any of his previous work. If, like me, you believe in Michael's innocence then I suggest you buy this album and see for yourself how angry a man can get through lies and gossip being constantly spread about him.
I wouldn't like it, would you?
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on 20 July 2017
The baddest hard-edged of all MJs albums,rockier than BAD on the future disc two. The allegations certainly led to compositions not often heard on radio which in fact suggest that MJ should have attempted a rock/rap album
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on 6 September 2017
I love this ,takes me back to my youth , and having mj concert in your own home as and when is excellent, the compilation is exellent
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on 22 July 2017
Michael....the best!
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on 27 June 2017
Legend Person.
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on 4 September 2017
Cd arrived promptly and as described.
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on 11 July 2017
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