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    Default Michael Jackson - Xscape

    was hoping to spin the Black Keys but it's not out there
    so I'll settle for Michael

    enters the Billboard chart this week at #2

    Spotify online listen
    3.5 of 5.0 from allmusic

    skimpy album with 8 tracks
    they're probably holding back for the next one
    leadoff first single written by Paul Anka, cool
    can't say I would buy this
    not as big an MJ fan as most
    albums like this I always think if the artist
    wanted it released he would have released it

    Bio - from allmusic

    nice pic
    you don't have time to read his bio

    Album Review - from allmusic

    Underneath it all, underneath all the keyboards and programmed rhythms designed to bring the music on XSCAPE into the 21st century, is this
    simple fact: the lead single, "Love Never Felt So Good," was co-written by Paul Anka, a superstar of another era who never quite made his
    presence known in the new millennium. Jackson didn't care. MJ loved old show biz and songcraft in equal measure and that love can be heard on
    "Love Never Felt So Good," along with the other seven songs on XSCAPE. Only the second major posthumous release in his catalog -- he passed in
    2009 on the eve of an orchestrated comeback -- XSCAPE delves deep into that past, excavating songs that have been languishing in the vaults for
    various reasons since at least 1983 or perhaps later. Exact dates aren't published because XSCAPE isn't meant to be an archival release, it's
    designed to push Jackson back onto the charts, which means "Love Never Felt So Good" is constructed as a duet with Justin Timberlake, who is as
    eager as a puppy to sing with his idol. That he's not really trading lines with MJ doesn't matter; his presence is endorsement, ensuring chart
    attention which it might not have received. The deluxe edition of XSCAPE contains the original demos of the eight songs on this album -- it's a
    short record by any measure -- and, ultimately, these are fascinating in a way the finished tracks aren't; these spare voice and keyboard
    sketches are nevertheless full-bodied, so it's possible to imagine how the songs would've fit on Bad, Dangerous, or Invincible. Often, the demos
    reveal how strong Jackson's songwriting is -- they're so flexible, they could withstand any number of arrangements, which is why "Love Never
    Felt So Good" is so instructive. In its original voice-and-piano arrangement it's possible to hear its glitzy show biz roots via Anka, but the
    production -- supervised by L.A. Reid and Timbaland -- is clever, accentuating Off the Wall while being spare and clean enough to sound modern.
    This is especially true of the version of "Love," which is a duet with Justin Timberlake -- the show biz kid is happy to create an illusion --
    but the entire affair is savvier than 2010's Michael, which was caught between the twilight of sentiment and commerce. XSCAPE considers
    Jackson's legacy quite carefully, deciding to emphasize the splashy soul and diluted disco of Off the Wall over the triumphant Thriller or any
    of the calculated records that followed in its wake. If he had lived, Jackson likely wouldn't have followed this path -- everything from Bad and
    beyond showed he was acutely aware of pop trends, often to his detriment (he'd hold himself back instead of engage) -- but that's also the
    appeal of XSCAPE. Timbaland and Reid evoke the Michael Jackson we all love and miss, finding songs that are worthy and giving them arrangements
    that are simultaneously nostalgic and modern. It's a difficult trick to pull off but they largely succeed, so XSCAPE is a worthy and memorable
    coda to Jackson's career.

    we already posted the single, so I'll go for this one:

    Track Listing

    1. Love Never Felt So Good
    2. Chicago
    3. Loving You
    4. A Place with No Name
    5. Slave to the Rhythm
    6. Do You Know Where Your Children Are
    7. Blue Gangsta
    8. Xscape
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    I join Music Head in being tepid about MJ. As good as he was, he was a spent force without the guiding hand of the man not much talked about--Quincy Jones. Here's a revealing article about Mr. Jones' thoughts on X scape , the future and the legacy--when Mr. Jones talks, I most definitely pay attention:
    A man accustomed to hear only the echo of his own sentiments, soon bars all the common avenues of delight, and has no part in the general gratification of mankind--Dr. Johnson
    What he said. Amen, Bro--JazzboCR

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    "off the wall","thriller" and "bad" would without a doubt be in my top 20 albums between the years 1979-89.

    after that i dont rate MJ's albums much at all...but he still made some very good tracks after that time.

    i like the single from the new album(the one with Justin Timberlake) and i also like the track linked above.

    i dont agree that without quincy Jones he was a spent force?!!...MJ did have talent but Quincy managed to drag more of it out of him.
    The Beatles were the same,without George Martin they would have simply been "another group from Liverpool", butMartin(like Quincy) pushed the artist over the boundaries of what they could do on their own.

    back to Michael...great pop songwriter, very good vocalist,out of this world dancer and performer on stage, he had no peers at all between 79-89, he was lightyears ahead of anyone else in the game.

    not sure if i'll buy the album, maybe so, if its on special at some point,but not full price!

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