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  • Summary: The King of Pop's first full album of new material since 1992's 'Dangerous' features 16 tracks.

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Butterflies
Butterflies All you gotta do is walk away and pass me by Don't acknowledge my smile When I try to say hello to you, yeah And all you gotta do is not... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 19
  2. Negative: 4 out of 19
  1. At 78 minutes this is too long, and especially given his history, "The Lost Children" is offensive. But the first three tracks are the Rodney Jerkins of the year, "2000 Watts" is the Teddy Riley of the past five years, and even the prunables offer small surprises.
  2. The mix is such that the saccharine ("You Are My Life" and "Heaven Can Wait") is outweighed by the brilliant ("Whatever Happens" and "The Lost Children"), creating a record that is quite relevant while at the same time being experimental and fresh.
  3. Ultimately, the record runs too long, losing steam halfway through.... Fortunately, Jackson was clever enough to front-load this record, loading the first seven songs with really good, edgy dance numbers.
  4. The fortysomething performer doesn't have the stamina he used to, and the album quickly turns into a long run of listless ballads and silly cries for privacy.
  5. For all of the energy and money that went into it, ''Invincible'' is curiously lacking in excitement or thrills, cheap or otherwise.
  6. 'Invincible' is an album almost unbearably mired in schmaltz.
  7. Mojo
    20
    Tired, frightened-sounding and hopelessly misjudged.... Hugely disappointing. [Dec 2001, p.116]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 59
  2. Negative: 8 out of 59
  1. Holly
    Jul 13, 2007
    10
    I thought it was one of his best albums ever. We have to remember...we are no longer living in the 80's. If he were to release another I thought it was one of his best albums ever. We have to remember...we are no longer living in the 80's. If he were to release another Billie Jean or something, no one would buy it people would think he was crazy. The guy has to adapt to the current time, and I think he did that very well. I thought it was a little long though and to many ballads. But, i still loved it! I'm a huge fan! long live michael jackson1 Expand
  2. Jan 16, 2018
    10
    Você estar até cansado do MJ, ok. Mas achar este álbum ruim, é meio radical, não?! #MJ4Ever
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    10
    Michael Jackson is a legend. And this is an amazing album. From the vocals of the /breaking Dawn to the beat of you rock my world, Michael hasMichael Jackson is a legend. And this is an amazing album. From the vocals of the /breaking Dawn to the beat of you rock my world, Michael has rocked my ears in this album. It is amazing and mindblowing. Expand
  4. Jan 9, 2021
    9
    This is an underrated but overlong album.
    If it had been cut to
    1. Unbreakable 2. Heartbreaker 3. Invincible 4. Break of Dawn 5. Heaven
    This is an underrated but overlong album.
    If it had been cut to
    1. Unbreakable
    2. Heartbreaker
    3. Invincible
    4. Break of Dawn
    5. Heaven Can Wait
    6. You Rock My World
    7. Butterflies
    9. Don't Walk Away
    10. Whatever Happens
    11. Threatened
    12. 2000 Watts
    The only problem was that it had too much filler. Butterflies is a beautiful piece of neo-soul. Jackson's falsetto clearly soars and the ending of the song is pure heaven with Marsha singing with MJ. The chorus is beautiful and vocally stacked, which I love, unilke some idiots. The song is perfectly paced and slow, which is how I like it. Just a perfect song. Heartbreaker is super innovative and electronic, genre-defying and the chorus is awesome. Invincible is one of my favorite tracks on the album. It is the most Dangerous-ish cut on the , with a slower blues tempo and excellent Jackson ad-libs. You Rock My World is classic disco, bass-thumping Michael Jackson with great vocals. Great song. Reminiscent of Off The Wall.
    Break of Dawn and Heaven Can Wait are awesome love songs and Break of Dawn has phenomenal vocals.
    I also love the Latin-tinged, rock-blues ballad with Santana with an excellent guitar solo and phenomenal Jackson ad-libs and just a great vocal performance.
    Threatened and Unbreakable are both bangers and super catchy. Unbreakable is a tad bit too long but still great. Got a Biggie Verse. The piano-driven hip hop beat is just magnetic.
    Don't Walk Away is great, Riley-produced heartbreak soul with a country twinge and phenomenal Jackson vocals.
    Which is dope. Threatened is funk/New Jack Swing and twenty times better than Thriller. I just love the chorus and the beat.
    2000 Watts is interesting enough all though I prefer Shout. I do like Jackson's new vocals. The beat pounds with funk and new jack swing. But its mostly Jackson's voice that is the interesting part of the song.
    Speechless is neo-gospel with reiigious undertones. Unfortunately it is slightly sappy and underdeveloped. Jackson does sing like an angel, tho.
    Then we have You Are My Life, which is sweet, especially since it was written for his kids, but still it is slow and dull and a clear filler.
    Cry is okay, nothing special. The lyrics are okay, but it is not nearly as good as Man in the Mirror or Keep The Faith. The Lost Children is sweet, but again, should have been released on a compilation album.
    And Privacy is more media-bashing, except its done much better on Scream and Tabloid Junkie. Even You Wanna Trip On Me and Leave Me Alone are preferable to this.

    A perfect, but way overlong album which could have been cut to 11-12 tracks.
    Gets way too much hate. The music critics at the time were idiots, They didn't even review the music and just spent much of their reviews attacking his character or reviewing his past musical glories.
    A shame Sony didn't promote this flawed masterpiece.
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  5. Jan 31, 2016
    8
    Its is a more calm approach from Michael because History was lot of anger. So I think he was just switching up his style a little which IIts is a more calm approach from Michael because History was lot of anger. So I think he was just switching up his style a little which I think is good. This is an underrated album when looking from a critics view Expand
  6. JennaN
    Jan 10, 2007
    7
    Well I consider myself a great fan of his work. There is no doubt to how skilled this guy truly is. The reason I gave his album a 7 though is Well I consider myself a great fan of his work. There is no doubt to how skilled this guy truly is. The reason I gave his album a 7 though is because I'm not here to rate his entire career (which would easily be a 10) , only his album, which I thought was lacking the one thing I liked best about his old stuff.. his Michael jackson hee-hees and other random outbursts throughout his songs haha! Don't get me wrong though Michael, this is your music and nobody can really tell you how to do it, I just hope your next album is a little more like what you used to make. Expand
  7. mattt
    Jul 7, 2007
    0
    Can't stand it. Biggest MJ fan up until this point. R & B? Where's the soul and funk, disco and rock? MJ used to lift me up, now Can't stand it. Biggest MJ fan up until this point. R & B? Where's the soul and funk, disco and rock? MJ used to lift me up, now he's just trying to fit in with his contemporary compadre's that he used to stand so far out in front of all those years ago. If that is what makes him happy then so be it. But 15 years on from Dangerous and I still haven't come to terms with the loss of the magical Michael Jackson of the 80's and 90's. It is the true tragedy of our lifetime. RIP Michael Jackson. *cries* Expand

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