Review: Michael Jackson – Invincible

Invincible is one of Michael Jackson’s albums which Sony Music crapped all over by abruptly ending all promotion and not advertising any concerts for. His Invincible album could have easily been another diamond success in the United States alone if Sony Music had not abruptly ended all promotion and actually advertised concerts to promote the album. Sony Music really dropped the ball on this album as only 8 million copies of this album were sold around the world. Internal conflicts are what held the album back and yielded that album from becoming another diamond success in the United States.

One thing that is noticeable with this album is that Michael decided to be more edgier by using multi-genre production. He certainly took another different musical direction on this album than he did his previous albums. The multi-faceted production contributions from several producers is astounding. His album certainly has that platinum sound. Yet somehow the album still sounds like a generic pop album with thin crispy beats. Nevertheless his 2001 album is still worth listening to. The album is still brehsive despite the generic pop production and sound.

The song You Rock My World had that plush platinum sound with thin crispy beats from legendary producer Darkchild. Darkchild does no wrong when it comes to beats and production. His production is what easily made You Rock My World one of the best pop songs of 2001. Think of dance-pop when you listen to this song. The piano gives off a dance hall vibe in a minor way. Michael Jackson killed the song with his starling smooth falsetto and timbred tenor.

The girl Michael lusts for makes him feel different in some type of way that he cannot explain and is unable to express. So he begins to change how he acts because he is nervous. Michael feels overstimulated because he is in love with her. He had searched for the perfect love all of his life. This girl makes him feel wholesome inside. Michael has finally found someone who makes him feel wholesome. He sees a truthful love.

This love is the rarest kind of love. This is such a perfect love that’s awesomely so right. Right? You bet your sweet ass it’s the perfect kind of love. This girl rocked Michael’s world of course.

Michael explored the touchy subject of media criticism from the public in the song called Unbreakable. From the 1980s and 2000s, tabloids have dragged Michael Jackson’s name through the road even to the extent of violating his privacy by being invasive and asking him personal questions. The song Unbreakable was dedicated to the media who tried to destroy his career and persona based off lies, rumors, conspiracy theories, and misinformation.

In Verse 2, he shuts down the media by telling them they cannot bury him with false news and misinformation because he is invincible. “And when you bury me underneath all your pain/I’m steady laughing (Ha), while surfacing”

Michael explored the touchy subject of privacy with his song called Privacy. The song Privacy was dedicated to the media who tried to destroy his career and persona by invading his privacy and invading his personal space. The song was also dedicated to the media who tried to destroy his career and persona based off lies, rumors, conspiracy theories, and misinformation. The song is sort of similar to Unbreakable.

Michael expresses discontent for the paparazzi’s brazened pursuit of him in these lyrics to Verse 1. He asks the media to stop maliciously attacking his integrity.

[Verse 1]
Ain’t the pictures enough, why do you go through so much
To get the stories you need, so you can bury me?
You’ve got the people confused, you tell the stories you choose
You try to get me to lose the man I really am
You keep on stalkin’ me, invading my privacy
Won’t you just let me be?
‘Cause your cameras can’t control, the minds of those who know
That you’ll even sell your soul just to get your story sold

In Verse 2, Michael explains there is a lessoned to be learned about privacy. Michael explains that respect is not given. It’s earned. Respect is not something that is given. Respect is something that has to be earned. That is the lesson of the song Michael wanted people to learn. That is what the lesson and message behind these lyrics mean. “Now there’s a lesson to learn, respect’s not given, it’s earned/Stop maliciously attackin’ my integrity”

Teddy Riley gave 2000 Watts a futuristic feel with his electronic-influenced production that was way ahead of the time. Those modern synthesizers are what gave the song a futuristic feel. Basically the production helps establish a sci-fi inspired feeling. A perfect song for the new millennium. The song also displayed the vocal range Michael had as he sung in a much lower tenor. Michael Jackson certainly gives you enough to make your juices flow because he is everything you need.

I rate this album 4/5****!

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