Michael - Michael Jackson
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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: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Apr 25, 2011
    8
    This maybe a generous review if you compare it to the likes of Thriller and Bad, but what you have here is 10 songs which could've been. Maybe not to the perfection of how Michael himself would've wanted it but its certainly a very enjoyable album for any MJ fan! Behind the Mask, Gone Too Soon, Hollywood Tonight and Best of Joy for me are the highlights stringed together with enjoyable songs. Still a must for any MJ fan! Expand
  2. 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 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
  3. Jun 16, 2012
    8
    You know those albums that take your heart away from the first time you hear them? "Michael" is one of them. From the first to the last song in the album you can feel the the amazing voice of Michael Jackson along with simple sweat beats that will take you to a different dimension. When I first heard that this album will be released after Michael's death I didn't have high expectations for it, but it turned out to be one hell of an album and a perfect closure to Michael's career. 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 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. Aug 8, 2013
    6
    terrible!
    worst album by Michael and by any major pop star
    hard to believe that a star who made thriller could make this dreadful album
    a
    shame really Expand
  6. 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 it REMINDS us of his older music. 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 songs from his previous album that did not make the cut. Expand

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