In 2009, the world said goodbye to the “King of Pop,” Michael Jackson. The radios blasted with his music, as if to say farewell to the artist that the world watch grow up.
But now, in 2014, Xscape, a new Michael Jackson album, was released. This album has allowed the world to have their last hurrah with Michael, and now the world can settle.
Xscape features eight tracks that let fans remember the artist they love and miss. However, the album is nothing special, except for the fact that it is was released after Jackson’s death. It has the same sound everyone expects, but then again, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
“Love Never Felt So Good,” the lead single of the album, has a fun tune that brings back memories of when Michael would perform. This single is a duet between Jackson and Justin Timberlake. This song was originally recorded with Paul Anka, one of the writers, in 1983. The sound that this song brings lets fans reminisce back to when Jackson was alive and touring.
One of the tracks, “Chicago,” was originally recorded in 1999, but did not make it onto Jackson’s album, Invincible, which was the last album released before his death. This song has a fun tune, but you can see the reason it failed to make it into an album before his death. However, I appreciate the track more now that I know it is the last thing we will ever hear from Jackson.
The track “A Place with No Name,” which was recorded in 1998, has the fun dancing tune that Jackson is known for. The song has finally been released after a snippet was leaked in 2009. This song has the same sound and tune that Jackson was known for, bringing nothing new to the table. But it is a Michael Jackson song nonetheless, so you can’t help but love it. photo courtesy of articles.chicagotribune.com
The reason behind this album’s release has undergone speculation. It’s been heard that they took the time to make this album based on the amount of debt Jackson left; that he spent way more money than he had. However, fans do not seem to care as to why this album exists, they just are enjoying their last chance to say good-bye to Michael Jackson. All they want is to put in their headphones and “xscape.”