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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 75
    The material on Michael is not by any means a deep dive into the Jackson archives; nearly all the songs are culled from the last five years of his life.
  2. Dec 15, 2010
    70
    The result is shockingly better than might be expected - and in some ways superior to his final regular studio album, 2001's uneven and bloated Invincible.
  3. Dec 14, 2010
    63
    We'll never know what Jackson really would've done with these songs but this is the first of, no doubt, many guesses we'll get that hopefully won't yield diminishing returns.
  4. Dec 10, 2010
    60
    If there is a heaven, and if Tupac, Cobain, Presley et al made it through the gates, chances are they're consoling a wincing, visibly embarrassed Jackson, cursing his inability to bolt the demos drawer in Neverland's vaults just that little bit tighter.
  5. 50
    On the balancing strength of those two songs [Dangerous & Much Too Soon], Michael manages to dodge the bullet enough to be kind of enjoyable. But it's worth remembering that both songs date back to the 1980s.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    50
    It's not that Michael is embarrassing, it's just below par, a warehouse for songs that languished in the vaults for decades because they didn't quite measure up.
  7. Feb 1, 2011
    20
    The problem here isn't sullying Jackson's memory and reputation: he was perfectly capable of doing that himself. The problem is that Michael simply isn't good enough. [Feb. 2011, p. 108]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. Jun 17, 2015
    10
    I see Thriller as the album of a lifetime, because of its lyrics, choreography, production, and the swag it came with. This album reallyI see Thriller as the album of a lifetime, because of its lyrics, choreography, production, and the swag it came with. This album really revolutionized the music world and even till this day Thriller has been embedded into society for what seems like a millennium. The singles that made Thriller so great are often times remixed, covered, and choreographed, because of their unique and exquisite lyrics. You will at least hear one of the songs from Thriller wherever you go. At like concerts, sporting events, talent shows, music auditions or dance auditions, house parties, clubs, and many more. One thing that sets Thriller apart from most hit albums is that it still resonates with its fan from back in 1982, and what’s even more compelling is that it probably gained more fans from people who weren't even born in the time of Thriller’s release. And that’s due to the great production that went into it. The fact that Thriller probably has more fans that are probably 25 years old or younger just goes to show how the greatness of Thriller never faded away, which makes it as special as it is. This is what made Thriller so special and influential, because it had that lasting effect that most albums just don’t have, and the funk will never fade Expand
  2. Dec 24, 2010
    8
    I have always been a huge fan of MJ and when the Estate said they were releasing new music from MJ I was really worried that tracks he may orI have always been a huge fan of MJ and when the Estate said they were releasing new music from MJ I was really worried that tracks he may or may not have finished or released in the first place may somehow diminish the public's view of what a great performer he was. I purchased this CD and tried my best to listen to it as I would any other CD. With Thriller being the best CD ever I would rate it at a 10, Bad 9, Dangerous 8, History 8, Invincible 8 (I realize that it was not as well received as the others but I love this CD and believe many are missing out if they did not give this one a fair shake). Invincible had some tracks with the Bad and Dangerous style but also had a couple of R&B style tracks that was a style he showed more on Off the Wall (8). I think people need to first remember that the estate put this CD out and so I view this CD as Volume 1 of the MJ unfinished library. I did not expect the CD to flow like one put out by any artist because who knows if MJ would have used any of these songs let alone put them on the same CD. So listening to this CD as a taste of some of the tracks and sounds MJ was working on for the past 30 years I will say I have not stopped listening to this CD. It really brought a smile to my face when I heard the second track, Hollywood Tonight, because it starts off with MJâ Expand
  3. Apr 10, 2012
    8
    An 8/10 score for Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is an 8/15 to any other singer and artists. Here is an album full of Jackson's passion forAn 8/10 score for Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is an 8/15 to any other singer and artists. Here is an album full of Jackson's passion for music. It shows his best vocals and his greatness in bringing wonderful music. I would have rated it 10 if it did not include Neyo and Akon in the recording. It would have been better if all the tracks were only sung by Jackson himself. All in all, Michael is a fit posthumous album to Jackson. It would leave us craving for more. P.S. Sony will distribute 10 posthumous albums in the near future which will include Jackson's unreleased songs. Expand
  4. Dec 16, 2010
    7
    I am very open to the newer material of Michael Jackson - my favourite albums of his are his last three (in order) Dangerous, HIStory II andI am very open to the newer material of Michael Jackson - my favourite albums of his are his last three (in order) Dangerous, HIStory II and Invincible - but 'Michael' is not to a standard that Michael Jackson would accept. It's OK and enjoyable to an extent, but almost all the slower songs apart from the lovely album ending 'Much Too Soon' feel like filler, whereas in Invincible the ballads were a special showcase. Considering I love Jacko's venture into Jack Swing, my favourite tracks are the striking 'Breaking News', the wild 'Monster' and especially Jackson's version of 'Behind The Mask', which sounds like the oldest song of the bunch. Definitely buy if you are a fan of Michael Jackson and, like me, just want to hear anything the greatest artist of all time has left us with. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2011
    6
    Nothing here is really memorable (well, duh--it's not like it's any of Michael Jackson's older stuff), but it's all fun, spunky, and itNothing here is really memorable (well, duh--it's not like it's any of Michael Jackson's older stuff), but it's all fun, spunky, and it REMINDS us of his older music. Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2010
    4
    Big fan, I think all all his albums are great, but this just sounds like straight up b-sides. It's definitely okay and enjoyable straightBig fan, I think all all his albums are great, but this just sounds like straight up b-sides. It's definitely okay and enjoyable straight through, but despite some higher points the album fly's pretty low the entire time. I think there is a reason this material was never released while Michael was alive and that reason is that it's a far cry from his "a" game. If you're a fan like me you'll likely enjoy it, but it's not gaining any new fans, and it's definitely not adding any value to his previous releases. It's really just okay. Expand
  7. Feb 14, 2011
    2
    This posthumous album does not withstand any of Michael Jackson's previous materials. The album can be associated to as a compilation of songsThis posthumous album does not withstand any of Michael Jackson's previous materials. The album can be associated to as a compilation of songs from his previous album that did not make the cut. Expand

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