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Michael Jackson’s final studio album is a deep dive into his turn-of-the-century psyche. While the building blocks of his funk-pop remain intact, subtle touches—8-bit glitches on the pleading title track, hiccuping synth beats on the sultry “Heartbreaker”—reveal his close study of Y2K-era pop savants like Timbaland and Missy Elliott. The ballads, however, stick to classic soul-pop ideals; “Butterflies” swoons and sparkles, Jackson’s infatuation heightened by the song’s featherlight arrangement, while the steadfast “You Are My Life” focuses on his voice’s ever-potent sweetness.

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Michael Jackson’s final studio album is a deep dive into his turn-of-the-century psyche. While the building blocks of his funk-pop remain intact, subtle touches—8-bit glitches on the pleading title track, hiccuping synth beats on the sultry “Heartbreaker”—reveal his close study of Y2K-era pop savants like Timbaland and Missy Elliott. The ballads, however, stick to classic soul-pop ideals; “Butterflies” swoons and sparkles, Jackson’s infatuation heightened by the song’s featherlight arrangement, while the steadfast “You Are My Life” focuses on his voice’s ever-potent sweetness.

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noel the first ,

Unappreciated Excellence

Unappreciated excellence. I have been a fan for 40 years. This albumn like "Blood is on the Dancefloor" was ignored because it was cool to dislike him at the time. When Motown chief B. Gordy first heard him sing at 8 years old "Who's Lovin You" he said at the time that it was pure genious to be able to sing the blues with such emotion and feel before he was even old enough or mature enough to understand. Perhaps it was foreshadowing for a life where the blues was an unending underscore that played in the background of his whole personal life. Genius is often misunderstood. I hope that this generation can ignore the media circus and learn to appreciate his excellence and genius that is exhibited in every work of art of his 40+ career. Think about that - 40 years! The irony of the album title at his sudden departure from this earth prompted my rare commentary. However his life's work is art that will last well beyond his untimely demise. In his death, perhaps we can listen to his works like "Invicible" and recognize the pain, anguish and his modern excellent expression of the blues. Time will vindicate this work (not that an albumn that sold 7 million copies needs it). It is remarkable that despite the critics, it still managed to do alright. I was looking forward to the next evolution in his creativity. The world and especially me will miss him.

dudeguy ,

The best voice ever...!

no matter what people say about MJ, I don't care because i dont even keep up with all that crap but he has the most amazing voice ever!!!

chicagochuck ,

It didn't BOMB!

Regardless of all the spin(and blatant lies) you may have heard about how much of a commercial failure this album was, fact is it still sold over 7 million albums worldwide. That makes it a platinum selling record 7 TIMES OVER!! I'd give it 5 stars, but there are a few tracks on here that are a little too sappy for my own taste. However, this is still a STRONG album. Songs like 'Butterflies' and 'Whatever Happens' are reminiscent of "Off The Wall" and "Thriller" era Michael without sounding outdated. This record has enough GREAT material on it to take the time to re-familiarize yourself with it!

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