Xscape

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  • Summary: The posthumously released eight-track album from the pop singer features unreleased songs completed between 1983 and 1999 with new production from executive producer L.A. Reid, as well as Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Rodney Jerkins, John McClain, StarGate, and Timbaland. A deluxe edition includesThe posthumously released eight-track album from the pop singer features unreleased songs completed between 1983 and 1999 with new production from executive producer L.A. Reid, as well as Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Rodney Jerkins, John McClain, StarGate, and Timbaland. A deluxe edition includes a disc of songs without the current producers input. Expand
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Love Never Felt So Good
Baby, love never felt so good And I doubt if it ever could Not like you hold me, hold me Oh baby, love never felt so fine And I doubt if it's never... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. May 13, 2014
    90
    Jackson's music mixed celebration and terror, as if he was unable to find, or maintain, the division between the two. His music offered a place to both explore and escape those tensions. On this album, it does again.
  2. There’s nothing here to quite match his finest moments, but nothing stinks and that, I suppose, is the best you can expect.
  3. Jun 4, 2014
    80
    For the most part, Xscape honors [Jackson's] legacy and should help to relieve some of the mistrust that some may have with those in charge of the icon’s estate.
  4. May 12, 2014
    70
    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.
  5. May 14, 2014
    60
    Although rejected by the singer in his lifetime, this is pop, not high art, and it has been handled with considerable care, giving us a glimpse, however illusory, of what this extraordinary talent might actually sound like had he lived.
  6. May 12, 2014
    60
    It's an understandably ad hoc collection that conjures up snatches of wonder from scraps of genius.
  7. 0
    Though the revamps are distractingly overwrought (this project could have been called The 20/20 Xperience), Jackson’s voice, pure and fierce as ever, cuts straight through Timbaland and company’s more-is-more fireworks display.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. May 15, 2014
    10
    Excellent track choices - My two favourites are Blue Gangsta/A Place With No Name - both the Xscape and originals are fantastic as they areExcellent track choices - My two favourites are Blue Gangsta/A Place With No Name - both the Xscape and originals are fantastic as they are carried mainly by the vocals. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2014
    10
    One of the best albums that Michael Jackson has released after Dangerous. This is what the modern MJ would sound like! I just can't believeOne of the best albums that Michael Jackson has released after Dangerous. This is what the modern MJ would sound like! I just can't believe how the producers have been able to create this miracle album! Expand
  3. May 15, 2014
    10
    Excellent MJ vocals (as always), fantastic songs! Producers contemporized the songs did a great job, with respect to Michael Jackson. Plus,Excellent MJ vocals (as always), fantastic songs! Producers contemporized the songs did a great job, with respect to Michael Jackson. Plus, the deluxe version includes the originals as Michael left them. This album is a true gem Expand
  4. May 16, 2014
    9
    I Love All Michael music, but honestly and seriously, this is the best album since Dangerous, better than History and Invicible, and of courseI Love All Michael music, but honestly and seriously, this is the best album since Dangerous, better than History and Invicible, and of course miles away from Michel (2010).
    The vocals, the rhythem, the sound, and the most important the soul of our true Micheal are inside this music. A very respectfull work by LA Reid, Timbaland, Darkchild, J-Roc and Stargate.
    My Highlights: Slave to the Rhythem, Do you know...?, Blue Gangsta, Xscape and A place whit No Name.

    Michael surpases the dead to bring his Magic and show again why is the inmortal King of Pop.
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  5. May 29, 2014
    8
    Yes, there's been a fair amount of controversy regarding this release of MJ material from the vaults; some question whether he wanted itYes, there's been a fair amount of controversy regarding this release of MJ material from the vaults; some question whether he wanted it released at all, that it wasn't up to his standards. Here's my take: even if it wasn't up to par, anything that Jackson discarded is probably better than 80% of pop music today; I also relish the opportunity at being able to see the inner workings of Jackson's musical mind. For the most part, this is a pretty decent set. "Love Never Felt So Good" (both the solo and JT duet) is a standout track, including "Slave to the Rhythm" and "Do You Know Where Your Children Are." The breezy, relaxed vibe of "Loving You" wouldn't sound out of place on today's Top 40, and "Chicago" makes use of present trends with the drum machine. While I wasn't thrilled about paying extra to purchase the deluxe version of the album (with the original demo tracks), I appreciate their inclusion, to hear what sort of musical adventure Jackson might have taken us on. Timbaland's production is strong without being smothering, and sounds relevant, reaching conclusions that Jackson himself might have reached. Expand
  6. May 14, 2014
    7
    MJ's most cohesive and entertaining release since "Dangerous". Some of the re-workings are just as fantastic as the demos and each songMJ's most cohesive and entertaining release since "Dangerous". Some of the re-workings are just as fantastic as the demos and each song sounds as relevant today as it could have been then. Expand
  7. Apr 9, 2017
    2
    This album is awful!There is nothing about being a Michael Jackson album here!There's too much Hip Hop and Electronic Pop sounds specially inThis album is awful!There is nothing about being a Michael Jackson album here!There's too much Hip Hop and Electronic Pop sounds specially in "Do you know where your children are?" , "Chicago" and "Blue Gangsta".
    If you listen to the original version of the songs,you will see that they've gone much too far from where Michael Jackson started it.
    Musical Arrangement is "Not Good"!Everything is sacrificed for a modern album,they have even omitted some vocals and lyrics for that purpose!
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