ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Jackson – Xscape
There was a lot of debate and hype around the release of the second Michael Jackson posthumous album and the wait is finally over. “Xscape” delivers a collection of eight previously unreleased songs that have been reworked from their original recordings. No matter what your opinions were on the authorisation of this posthumous release there is no denying the collection of material is mind blowing and some of Jackson’s best work. This album includes songs that were recorded for the albums “Bad”, “Invincible” and “Dangerous” and were cut from the final track listing. The standard of the songs is impressive and it just makes you wonder how many other songs are in hiding that were cut from his previous albums because “they weren’t good enough”. Timbaland and LA Reid executively produced the album and brought the original recordings to life with help from Rodney Jerkins and StarGate. Working together they managed to put a modern day twist to the songs and the final product is impressive. “Chicago” is the standout track on the album, from the vocals to the production it’s a massive improvement from the original version and is the jazz influenced sound the music industry is currently adapting to. “Slave To The Rhythm” is another big production song that will have you singing along. “Love Never Felt So Good” is the song radio are playing to death and for good reason as it’s a brilliant song. The deluxe edition also features the original recordings of the songs as well as the Justin Timberlake version of “Love Never Felt So Good”. “Blue Gangsta” and “Xscape” are the only two songs that I’m unsure about. They are both average tracks that start sounding monotonous and just like every other Michael Jackson song. Putting aside all the politics surrounding this release Michael Jackson delivers incredible and legible vocals that have been remastered by some of the industry’s top producers for an enjoyable listening experience.