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Michael jacksons last album is a great addition to any MJ fans collection. The stand out tracks are "You Rock my world" and "Butterflies", "Cry" and also "Threatened. The opening track "unbreakable" is a lively upbeat song which features the late Notorious BIG. It does drag on too much and ends up by the end getting quite boring but ovarall its a decent song. The main song which was also released as a single is the track "You Rock my world" which features also the great Chris Tucker. Its more like an "Off the Wall" track from the 1970s and proves to be an instant hit. You can notice though that jackson is not at his best and his voice strains in parts. There know doubt though that this album, compared to albums of todays artists, is brilliant with a range of songs from spooky songs like "Threatened" and love songs like "Heaven can wait".
Michael Jackson had long been recognised of the King of Pop but following a hugely frustrating break from releasing any brand new studio albums (HIStory saw some new songs, Blood on the Dance Floor was a remix album) his fans finally saw him offer up his comeback with massively anticipated Invincible album. The album was released in 2001 and came in 4 limited edition colours along with the standard silver edition but after so long away had the King of Pop still got what it took to shine?
What did the album offer?
4. Break of Dawn
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. You Rock My World
9. 2000 Watts
10. You Are My Life
12. Don't Walk Away
14. Lost Children
15. Whatever Happens
This album saw Jackson working with those artist who were at the top of their game at the time with the likes of R Kelly offering up production and writing help with the amazing Cry. The biggest and most memorable release from this album was without doubt You Rock My World which once again saw a great music video offered up alongside the terrific track and thankfully for many this is one of the songs that can stand up and be counted in the great company of the likes of Bad, Beat It and more.
The album itself was years in the making and saw Jackson take vocal training to lower his vocals and make the album a much darker and dingy sound to his voice and allow for the dirty scratchy funk sound Jackson desired for this album. Thankfully the changes do not mean an end to Jacksons ballads and so the album stays true to Jackson and his fans whilst also being revolutionary as with all his offerings.
The album was strongly slated by critics and considered by many to be a flop as it did not have the same level of sales as previous albums but this is not something that should be against this album as the King of Pop had gone through a time when album sales were huge and was now going through a time when sales were dropping so lets not all jump on the bandwagon and slate this offering. Listen to the album and truly appreciate the complexity of the songs and the way the album has been worked.
Some albums are like a fine wine and get better with age and for me this is probably going to be the case with this as I think when people look back in years to come they will see how revolutionary this truly was.
So, after a long wait, Michael Jackson released in 2001 what was to be his final album containing new material. In my opinion, Invincible is his weakest album to date as Jackson writes barely any of the songs and he tries to pander to current music trends rather than doing what he does best. Nevertheless, when one considers that the album has sold over ten million copies to date without the usual sleuth of music videos, singles, tours and promotion which is usually help his record-breaking sales (thanks to a fallout between Jackson and Sony), he must have still done something right.
The first track, true to form, is a song about how Jackson is back to the music industry and the song sets the standard high for the rest of the album. 'Unbreakable' has catchy riffs, a neat rap from Notorious B.I.G. and would have been a great dance number. One of the best songs on the album.
'Heartbreaker' however is quite average in my opinion. The song is peppered with extremely irritating industrial sound effects which only have the impact of ruining the vocals. It also has the unfortunate effect of taking the edge of the opening track as the songs which, played successively, merge into one thanks to a similiar sound and tempo. At least the bridge of the song is somewhat redeeming. And then the guest rap from Fats ruins the whole song all over again.
'Invincible', the titular track, is guilty of the same effect as it too is of similar sound and tempo but at least the motif in this song is better than 'Heartbreaker'. The song talks about how a girl is invincible to Jackson's charms (not, as the press were claiming, about Jackson's invincibility in the music industry and in the media). This song could have been better if the song writing team had the balls to be a bit more daring with the vocals and variation in the song. Once again, the bridge is quite possibly the best part of the song thanks to a bit of harmony and more emphasis on vocals and once again, Fats comes along with a rap to completely spoil the thread of the entire song.
Ah, finally a ballad. 'Break of Dawn' is a favourite of mine on the entire album. Although the introduction drags for a tad bit too long, it still sets the scene for the lush vocals. We finally have a change of pace from the opening three songs and I actually like the slow R & B beats for once. Main source of contention for this song is undoubtedly the lyrics - 'Let me groove, let me soothe, let me take you on a cruise'...shamelessly commercial. Then again, I can recall similar lapses in lyrics from Jackson ('Dom Sheldon is cold maaaan' anyone?).
'Heaven Can Wait' is another slow ballad which proves to be too whiny for my liking. Jackson's high vocals are normally so beautiful to listen to and yet this song proves to be occassionally unbearable to listen to. This song is quite saccharine which Jackson can normally pull off but without the normal passion, I often have to skip this song.
'You Rock My World' was the first single to be released from the album which was a fairly good idea. I could have done without the 'humorous' introduction between Jackson and Chris Tucker but the song itself is catchy and an example of some good pop from Jackson. Easy to dance to. The music video however left a lot to be desired as it was effectively a rehash of previous Jackson videos.
'Butterflies' is for me, the best song on the entire track. Writish by British duo Floetry, the song features some of the most beautiful vocals that I've ever heard form Jackson, some lovely instrumentation and definitely is up there with Billie Jean, Man in the Mirror, Beat It etc. etc.
'Speechless', composed by Jackson, shows the true calibre of his songwriting when he can be bothered to do so. An unbelievable a capella introduction is followed by subtle instrumentation but the purpose of this song is to mainly marvel at his vocal prowess. Lovely song.
'2000 Watts' serves a similar effect as the song itself simply reminds me of Physics lessons but we can listen to the deeper range of his voice for once. Otherwise, an average song.
'You Are My Life' is a slow ballad, which too is quite average but luckily is quite sentimental - I presume that the song is dedicated to his children and for that reason alone, the emotion carries the song through.
'Privacy' is not even average in my opinion...a horrendous song about his usual theme and his hate of the media. However, this theme generally has produced some of my favourite songs (Leave Me Alone for example) but this just was sloppy.
'Don't Walk Away' is a song which I feel would fit well in a movie - the instrumentation is quite theatrical and the guitar riff is something extremely typical of rom-com soundtracks. Still, despite the commercialism of the entire song, it's still quite nice to listen to.
'Cry' is penned by R. Kelly and sadly proves to be one of the better songs on the album. A soft ballad, it follows Jackson's humanitarian themes and surprisingly the melody sticks in the head. It's a shame that Jackson didn't do his own harmonies though.
'The Lost Children' is a nice ditty - I'm surprised to see that it made it's way onto the album though. The song is very childlike in most aspects and also average, but nothing special.
'Whatever Happens' however, vies with 'Butterflies' as best track on the album. Jackson teams up with guitar genius Carlos Santana and after 14 tracks, we finally see Jackson pushing his musical comfort zone from pop and R & B to include folk guitar with Spanish guitar. Brilliant, brilliant song which reaffirms that Jackson still knew what he was doing.
'Threatened' is Invincible's Thriller complete with more industrial sound effects and is less appealing to listen to than the 1982 partner, that's for sure. Still, an interesting way to finish the album...
All in all, his weakest album which suffers from too many tracks. If Jackson cut out 4 or 5 of these songs (Heartbreaker, Privacy, Heaven Can Wait, The Lost Children and maybe Threatened), then it would have been a much slicker album.
In 2001 came the final album of brand new material from the late great 'King Of Pop' Michael Jackson as he released "Invincible". It gets the artist continuing once more to progress with the time (after a couple of albums filled with Hip Hop-inspired tunes) this one has him trying out the popular R&B style of this time. It was a big return for the artist (and were turn out to be his last).
Getting the album going here, you have a posthumous appearance from The Notorious B.I.G> (who was featured on the album prior to this in 1995). You find that in this cut you find that immeditaly you are drawn in by a clearly modernised approach from the artist who goes at it hard and shows that he knows what to do with this '00s R&B.
It is highly evident through the production here that he knows exactly what is on-trend at this point for R&B as he jumps on the type of beats which Kandi Burress, Dark Child and Timbaland were coming up with at the time wit the freaky percussion being used and having Michael really make the most out of it.
The titular track from the album finds that although he is clearly attempting to push things forward through the choices in the beats and the way that he goes about singing it in general, the music clearly takes on aspects of such past hits as "Beat It" "Smooth Criminal" and "Bad" to come out with the desired sound here.
4. "Break Of Dawn"
He takes a big change with this one as he gets down into one where he calms down significantly in order to show that he can work with the lighter, more soulful styles which were prominent at this time in the R&B world. It is sung extremely well as he works with Dr. Freeze (who was responsible for Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up".
5. "Heaven Can Wait"
It is found that with this one you get a return of Teddy Riley working with MJ (as he was responsible for lots of what went into "Dangerous"). In this one you get a slow and emotive song from the singing where he continues what was found in the tune prior to this as he blasts it out and makes sure that it stands right out.
6. "You Rock My World"
I saw this, the lead single form the album, to be the best song that the record had to offer listeners as you find that with it, he comes up with a heavy joint which has him acknowledging Chris Tucker's role in bringing back to classic groove in his music (by performing "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" in 'Rush Hour 2') and so following a skit form him, you see Michael doing one of the biggest R&B songs of 2001.
Written by Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius, this was another fairly big single to come from this album and so I felt that it did him justice in support this album and representing it well as he comes up with a calming love song to show that even at this stage he can deliver this sort of thing without effort.
The opening melody of this one bares may similarities to "You Are Not Alone" and so it is bound to appeal to the many who enjoyed the (relatively recent ballads that he brought) as his personally responsible for everything that goes into this one (and the way it is done supports this). I would say that it was the weakest up to this point, but still does its job.
9. "2000 Watts"
The Teddy Riley influence in this is more obvious than almost any other point as he suddenly gets into one where the music makes massive changes once more as he works his ay back towards the much more lively and energetic material and it seems to get the artist changing his vocal approach somewhat to suit the roughness of this joint.
10. "You Are My Life"
Without even taking the actual music into account, you can tell tha it was going to move towards the ballad material as the Quiet Storm singer Babyface comes to help out on this one and so helps by moving back towards this kind of material. I can't say I really felt it, but he still did it well (it just wasn't my thing).
You have another which deals with the issues which he addressed in "Leave Me Alone", "Tabloid Junkie" and "Scream" with this one as he is seen to fight back against the heavy media attention which he receives bring his character down. He sings it in the more Rock-styled manner, and I felt that it was suitable in this case to reinforce its contents.
12. "Don't Walk Away"
He gets into another ballad here and I felt that with it, he turned towards the much less impressive material where it seems to just stand as a rather average tune from the singer and really doesn't do all that much to actually show anything different from him. It seemed like a bit of a filler for me and I wasn't that impressed by it at all.
Just as with "You Are Not Alone", this one gets R. Kelly taking on full writing credits for this song. I personally felt that it wasn't actually doing as much as what was felt before. Although I still have to say that it was a good one when compared to other ballads which feature on the album as it is much more engaging.
14. "The Lost Children"
Michael gets into another here where he is the only act behind what is produced in the song and once again this becomes immediately apparent through the style and approach of the singer as he sings it and chooses to turn his attention to those who require the more attention. It was a bit plain, but I'm sure some will enjoy it.
15. "Whatever Happens"
This song has him up the tempo somewhat in order to show that he still had a bit more to give with this album and so wanted to push through a mid-tempo one in order to convey this as he teases you with one which seems to get him holding back to some degree and showing that he has the potential to do much more, but decides not to give it all away here.
The final track on the album has him showing that the tune prior t this was just a transitional one and so with this final one he would make a massive impact with a funky R&B joint which really draws out all of the things which made the album start off in such a strong manner. It is big one and a good way to end things on.
I felt that this was a strong return album from the artist and it showed that he clearly knew what he needed to do here in order to get the most out of his music and bring it up with the times (whilst still balancing this with the traditional ballad work). It does its job and one that should be overlooked in his career.
Michael Jackson has become a lot like Marmite with many people around the world over the last few years. Some either Hate him or Like me Love him. (Or rather his Musical legacy). With all the bad press I thought we should focus on something positive and With his huge upcoming stand at London's 02 Arena coming up I thought it was time to review the album that is freshest in the memory of Michael Jackson fans and that album is of course his 2001 album Invincible.
It's been eight years since Michael Jackson released this album and that makes his previous gaps between albums seem like an artist who releases an album every year or year and a half where it has always been around four years apart from 1997's Blood on The Dancefloor after 1995's History. Invincible was released by Epic Records and features production from Babyface, R Kelly, Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley and the unknown "Dr Freeze". It was released on 30th October 2001 to mixed reviews from critics and fans alike.
This starts off the album in a superb way with a full on stomper of a track which features a stupendous beat which is accompanied by the many hooks. It also features background vocals from Brandy and a rap sample from Notorious BIG. This is a great start to the album and is a preview of the way the first three tracks go.
This is another uptempo stomper but though not quite as heavy as the opening track it still features a beat that thumps along and some funky hooks. Jackson's vocals start understated then he gradually gets louder as the song progresses. This track is about a relationship that has gone wrong that you knew was going to end this way.
This is a great title track which starts off with some warm sounding hooks and a funky beat. This has a slower pace than the previous tracks but still has a heavier feel than the majority of the album. This is a very impressive track which moves along well and Jackson's vocals are strong and add a great touch to the overall feel of the track.
4.) Break of Dawn
This kicks off the ballads on the album with a very impressive track. The instruments come in slowly and are joined by the beat of the drum which pounds throughout. This track is about a romantic night where you spend time with each other and "make love to the break of dawn" Although this is a ballad it does have a quicker tempo than the other ballads on the album.
5.) Heaven Can Wait
This brings the album back to the more uptempo tracks with a very impressive track, It opens softly with a dark melody which leads into the other instruments kicking in. The drum beat is slightly different than Break of Dawn and Jackson's vocals are on fine form. He shows he still has the vocal prowess later in the track when he erupts into some sensational vocals.
6.) You Rock My World
This was the first single from the album and features an introductory skit with Chris Tucker about seeing a beautiful woman and arguing about being able to get with her. This is a very funky track which has a great beat to dance to. This is one of the most flowing tracks on the album and is a great one to dance to with your mates.
This is an interesting track because although it has a ballad like feel, it has a heavier beat than usual. This works very well against the laid back vocals from Jackson. I love the gentle strings in the background as Jackson sings, they add a subtle yet beautiful touch that really adds to the overall feel. A very good track indeed. It was originally recorded by Floetry.
This is one of the best ballads on the album and really nothing like anything else on the album. At 3 minutes 18 seconds this is quite comfortably the shortest song on the album but also one of the sweetest. Jackson proves he can still sing the pants off anyone with his laid back beautiful vocals. This is a really beautiful track and one of the greatest moments of the album.
9.) 2000 Watts
This brings the album back to full on uptempo stompers as this is a full on thumper of a track. This track features input from Tyrese Gibson and Teddy Riley and this results in a very impressive uptempo track that has a great beat and a great flow. One of the best tracks on the album to dance to as it's just so catchy.
10.) You Are My Life
Back to the Ballads we go for the moment with this tender heartfelt ballad about telling someone what they mean to you. The simple drum machine sequence works well with the other instrumentation and the backing vocals are amongst the best on the album. This is another very impressive ballad indeed. Great stuff.
This is an amazing track about how Michael Jackson feels about the media intrusion he experiences. This features long-time collaborator Slash on Guitar and he provides some incredible guitar work which culminates in a really spectacular guitar solo which needs to be heard. A very impressive track particularly musically.
12.) Don't Walk Away
Back to the Ballads we go after the previous up-tempo track. This starts with gentle guitar and strings and then the percussion comes in softly. Jackson's vocals are tender and emotive and as the song develops his vocals become more centre stage. This features some beautiful backing music which adds a great deal to the emotion of the song.
This is an R Kelly penned track which talks about the problems in the world like the issues and subjects of war, loneliness, lying, changing the world, depression, suicide, miracles, and faith. This is another great Michael Jackson ballad penned by R Kelly. I love the way the song develops until it really erupts towards the end.
14.) The Lost Children
This is maybe the weakest track on the album but is still a very good track indeed. It opens with a gentle piano piece which leads into the vocals from Jackson, The simple beat moves along well. The choir is a feature throught the track and Jackson's vocals really shine towards the end when the track gets to it's climax. It closes with children playing then going home as it's dark.
15.) Whatever Happens
This is an incredible track which features Carlos Santana on guitar. The Beat is another heavy beat and the song flows as well as any track I can think of. Guitar Legend Carlos Santana provides his amazing guitar playing to great effect on this track with several great moments. This is a clear indication why Michael Jackson is the total package.
This is the Thriller for 2001, It's a dark track which features snippets from Rod Serling. This is a very funky uptempo track which features lots of hooks and loops. This closes out the album very well as it shows the mix of ballads and uptempo tracks which feature on the album. Not as good as Thriller but very good all the same.
There we are, 16 tracks feature on this album and there's not one bad track at all. There are certainly some tracks which are up there with anything he has done in his career. Whilst this has certainly not recorded the insane number of sales albums like Thriller, Dangerous and Bad have it is still a great album with great collaborations and one that should live in the same memory as all of Michael Jackson's other albums as it is a great album itself.
Many slated this album. Panned it. Even Jackson felt disappointed by its sales because of the way he felt Sony advertised it. 10 Million copies were sold Worldwide, but this album was deserving of so much more.
Jackson found that when it came to the licenses of his own Albums, which were supposed to revert back to him around the time this album was released, actually werent going to come back to him for some time. This is down, partly, to his Lawyer, who was representing him and Sony, which created somewhat of a Conflict of Interest, and ultimately resulted in a Cut-and-Run ability for Jackson, because Sony had broke the terms of his contract.
Because of this, and the release of this album coinciding, Sony did a very poor job of advertising this album, even though it was going to make them money. Thats the main reason as to why some might have never have heard of this album. No tour was organised, no adverts were put up, and no fanfare was displayed, because Sony refused to fund it. So, in light of this, 10m sales arent bad, but it could have been more if the right thing was done by the Publisher.
The songs are brand spanking new. 6 Years on from History, Jacksons fans finally had something new, and it didnt disapoint again. The album, despite its turmoils, still showed Jacksons fantastic talent.
You Rock My World, the infamous video with Chris Tucker starring with Jackson, is the main track from the album, which sold very well, and become a popular choice among Jacksons fans. It showed the same old Jackson talent we knew and admired, but in a new day and age of sound and feel about the song. The album follows the same trend.
The variety is still there, for different people, there are different songs, and every song has a different story to tell.
I would put this into the Love Album category, as thats the majority of the music on here, however, there is rare appearance of Jacksons sly rib at the press and the invasion of his Privacy.
All in all, its a shame this album and the effort put into making it wasnt promoted, because it deserved a lot more than it got.
It's no lie to say that Michael Jackson's latest album "Invincible" has been very long awaited. But now that we can finally stop sniffing the bouquet and actually drink, what is the album really like? Well the first impression I get is that the album gets off to a good strong start, with tracks like "Unbreakable", "Invincible" and "you rock My World" but the album ultimately seems to lose steam about two thirds of the way through. It then slips into a few boring and easily forgettable tracks until we get to "Cry" (and many people who bought the album may want to do just that). "You Rock My world", on first hearing sounds like a good but slightly average R&B track but almost immediately grows on you and after hearing it for the 12th time, it goes from being ok to mysteriously brilliant and wonderful. "Cry" (which was also released as a single) isn't bad but seems a little predictable and takes a while to really build momentum. The album is certainly a long way off from being Michael's best work but doesn't fail to have a couple of tracks to please most listeners. His change from the old "pop" style to the more R&B feel is probably a wise move, to adapt to the changing tastes of the younger, fired up generation. In conclusion, Invincible certainly isn't anything to hype up but if you're an avid Michael Jackson fan, then it's worth buying. Personally I regret paying 16 quid for it.
Michael Jackson is, for me, the greatest music act of all time, and although this album does not live up to the standards of Dangerous or Thriller, it still beats 99.9% of every other artists under the sun. So you can probably tell I'm a big Jacko fan, what with the review of Dangerous and the picture of a very smooth criminal on my profile. I bought this album as soon as it was released. It was a big secret, nobody knew what to expect, and, as you can imagine, the CD flew off the shelves pretty quick, and I made sure I was there when I did. The first release from the album, "You Rock My World" was a very funky affair in a typical Jackson style, but, of course, took instant criticism. People claimed that he had run out of ideas for the video shoot and tracked back to his successful "Smooth Criminal" video and pretty much copied it. Well, there is a resemblence, but nothing that would ever make me doubt Michael's creativity and imagination. The rest of the album, far from following suit, differs as much as Michael's whole career, incorporating some funky, some housey, some soft, some ballads, and a great track featuring Carlos Santana. Theres something here for anyone who's ever liked a Jackson track, and to be fair I would say that is near enough everybody. If you were to go out and buy the album now, I dare say it wouldn't cost much more than £6/7 with all the clearances and whatnot, and it's definately worth having a look around for. A classic Jackson album. 10/10
For A Album That He did not really write it is ok but still is a great michael jackson album without a doubt. he did write some songs but alot were co-written by alot of unknown writers and it could of done better if ithad been advertised more and was alot more classic michael jackson songs on them. this however is poor sales by michael jacksons standard where as he has sold 30 million bad albums 54 million thriller albums 29 dangerous albums 5 million blood on the dancefloor albums 18 million off the wall and 6 million invincible 19 million for history
The first thing that went through my mind when I heard the very first song: Why was You Rock My World released instead of this?
The same question popped into my many times while I listened to every song, but I still can't figure out why.
Invincible starts off with a sharp, hard-hitting powerful song going by the name Unbreakable. From there the album takes some twists and turns, both good and bad. The good twists are very, very good. The bad turns aren't very, very bad, but they should have been very, very good, but they aren't, unfortunately. I guess I'll use the method adapted by the other reviewers and list the songs going from one to sixteen (yes, it is the largest album I own, thanks for asking). I'll rate the songs in comparison to some of his best.
1-Unbreakable: Starts off with the catchiest tune in the world (a catchy tune that you can't seem to remember properly! Genius!) and continues to impress throughout. The spiteful words and angry screams of Michael are compelling and successfully get the message across, "You can't touch me, you can't break me, you can't stand it because I'm
Unbreakable." I feel this song is aimed at the press and their rubbish, and would have made for a perfect first-release. The attitude has a high velocity, the melody has a strong impact. When you through in a smashing rap by the Notorious B.I.G, and smooth backing vocals by Brandy, this recipe makes for one of the best songs of the album. 10/10.
2-Heartbreaker: Does this track please as much as the first offering? In a word, no. It's not a complete flop but a let down nevertheless. At first, that is. The first time you hear this song you will think, "It really can't get any worse than this, can it?". Fear not, brethren. I wrote this review a good few months ago. Since then the song has grown on me significantly, and to my horror I saw that I had given it a 6/10. This number has been amped to a more decent score. Heartbreaker is pretty funky and the addition of peculiar noises does the job good. The melody is sort of 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-222222s-3. The chorus is repeated a little too often, and since it isn't that good anyway, it can get slightly tedious. The rap is entertaining, albeit a little short. There are some astounding production scenes, i.e. mid-line cuts, sound stabs etc. You really won't realize the significance of this track until you hear it often enough. 8/10
3-Invincible: This is a lavishly delicious song that is so funky I can't believe it. Tapping your foot isn't enough. You have to at least start grooving your shoulders. Two brand new trademark Jacko lines are introduced (others are "ow!" and "dah!"): "well" and "see". it may look funny in writing, but you gotta hear it to believe it. The bridge is ultra-slick: the line "He can't love you like me" and it's correspondants. The chorus afterwards has some surprise notes, and every second of the track is a pleasure. Yet another rap is performed here, by mister Shaquille O' Neill himself. Too short a rap, again, but cool and rhythmic. Another slightly unfortunate thing is that the chorus is repeated FOUR times at the end, which is a bit much, but Jackson's remarkable ad-libs make up for it. 9/10
4-Break of Dawn: When you hear the sound of the meadows and birds singing in the trees at the get-go, you know what you're in for. The song is apparently about the sun's uppy-downy activities, but it's mostly about making sweet love in the hayfields down by the river. This song is more I-want-to-screw-you-rotten than In the Closet. Nearly. It's not a ballad, and it's not a not-ballad, it's an in-between kind of thing. The song will appeal to many, and though it's tune may not appeal to me, I'm fully aware of it's likeyness. "I don't want the sun to shine, I wanna make love". It is a good song, could be better, but a good song that will make you feel all giggly inside when you play it on a warm day. You MIGHT like it, your friend MIGHT like it... so it all depends on taste. Pun intended. 7/10
5-Heaven Can Wait: "Noooooo... I don't wanna leave my baby alooooone... I don't want nobody else to hoooooooo-" Ah shut up. Sorry, I had to say it. The song's drooooooones and mooooooans kind of cut it to pieces. The beat is inappropriate also, which some shocking tap-taptap-tap-tap-tap material trying to act as the... 'rhythm', I suppose you'd call it. It's not an entrirely bad thing, however. There are some charming lyrics and nice set-ups to the chorus, but without Jackson's voice it wouldn't be anything much. It still isn't anything much, but you know what I mean. The verses are actually nice to listen to and Jackson elevates the song to it's full potential. Unfortunately that potential doesn't match that of the other tracks on the album. Who's fault that is out of the many (too many) extra writers, I have no idea. 6/10.
6-You Rock My World: You've all heard it, but for those of you who live on the moon, I'll review it anyway. Attempt at comical intro: successful. Likeable musical intro: successful. Suitable musical chorus: access denied. This song would have been so much more if the chorus was a little better. The rest of the song is pure perfect: the classy music, the flowing notes, the perfectly-produced dance sequence, it's all beautiful. And then you have the chorus, which a two year old could have come up with while playing a touch-and-learn keyboard. It's more or less noteless, but if you're looking for a dance-like chorus that fits into the beat more than anything else, then that is what you get. It's like this: if your favourite aspect of the song is it's brilliant beat, you will like the chorus, as it acts as a rhythm aid anyway. If your favourite aspects are the nicely-varied vocal notes, then you will be slightly bummed. Me, I like to look on the bright side. 8/10
7-Butterflies: "La, da, dadadada, la dada, da, da, da..." Now there's a feel-good intro we haven't heard in a while. Thankfully, the song does it without sounding like a Mary Poppins gig. And feel-good is what you feel throughout this (very) good song. The most romantic song on the album, it's super-high notes and tasty lyrics will make you go weak at the knees. A female singer gives a helping hand in the background vocals. Her name is Marsha Something, as I recall. Great to be of service. The song's chorus goes on to show off some of the best-produced high notes I've ever heard, the kind of notes Mariah Carey is so famous for. The sensuous chorus, soothing tone and heavenly yells of the two singers make this song a favourite for anyone who enjoys Jackson's ballads. The sound is also very different in this song, and has a somewhat urban feel to it. 9/10
8-Speechless: Ah, God, what would we do without you? You present us with such beauty and we repay you by shooting rabbits. Beauty is definetely a word that describes Speechless, a song inspired by Jackson's children. At the start, only his voice is heard, and near the end you are listening to a full choir shouting one of the greatest tunes of all time. The lyrics are as poetic as... the poems that were written... by... that famous poet. The guy with the glasses. And that's a good thing, "I'd go anywhere and do anything, just to touch your face, there's no mountain high I cannot climb, I'm humbled in your grace". See? Poetry, choirs, Michael Jackson's conducting skills and lovely guitar sounds. This masterpiece totally deserves the gold medal (though Jackson's final "I love you" line does not) . You haven't lived until you've listened to it. 10/10
9-2000 Watts: It's about nothing, really. One of those songs that can only be described as an audio feast. Like that Girls Aloud song that makes no sense. This is like that, only a bit better. Here's what I mean, "Compact, steelo, chico, D-Lo, highpost, lady, shorty really wanna be there for me". I think it means, "Give me those small coins so I can wrestle with that whore". I'm probably wrong. Though I'm not wrong when I say that Jackson is totally unrecognisable in this track. His voice is so deep you'd think he had it enhanced (in reality he took singing lessons). The chorus isn't spectacular, but it fits into the song well and sounds good next to Jackson's shouts. The beat is something that should be experienced by the entire population of the world (that's 6 billion. I knew you'd want to know). And once again the production quality shines like a dream when Teddy Riley's voice growls things like "you may now apply your 3D glasses", while Jackson screams and music bangs. Super. 8/10
10-You Are My Life: The video for this song should have someone walking. Because the music suggests a kind of continuous... I don't know... walk? You'll see what I mean when you listen to it. The chorus is good, but there's a twinge to it that makes it sound like it was recorded off the radio. You shouldn't have to hear it three times at the end of the song. The notes are very well written throughout, with a very emotional touch that hangs above you during the track. While it is a nice song, and will be loved by many, it's too Jessica Simpson for the King of Pop. Much more suited to less talented artists like her, who are by no means crap but don't have the impact that Jackson has in his songs. There's a flute-type instrument that wallows in the breeze, and that is a good touch to the track, and makes it stand out. A bit. Overall a nice little ballad but too average for Jackson's standards. 7/10
11-Privacy: Oooooh, that's nasty! Whoa, did that really happen?! These are some reactions you might have to Jackson's latest "I hate tabloids" job. There's no real 'singing' in this track at all, just a kind of spiteful, vicious, angry voice that snarls and spits through the whole thing. A terrible mistake? Lord, no! This fearsome offering is as hard as rock and really "gets the message across" that all tabloids and journalists are ruthless monsters, born out of the depths of hell to destroy everyone's lives and get filthy rich on the suffering of others. That's how Michael sees it, anyway. The oh-so-gorgeous symphony is present, and there are brilliant guitars towards the end. The solos mightn't match Slash's mighty D.S. solo from the HIStory album, but Privacy is excellent nonetheless. 10/10
12- Don't Walk Away: The chorus for this song is one of those which consists of only two lines. It is short but sweet. The song's pace is very slow and deep, probably the slowest song of the album, and you can hear real sadness in Jackson's voice, "I close my eyes, just to try and see your smile one more time, but it's been so long now all I do is cry...". While the song is very relaxing and great for the odd occasion, it doesn't offer as much as some of the other songs do on the album. It's got nothing to contend with Speechless. This song will be the one that you listen to every now and then, just to remember what it's like, and then leave it alone for another month. Jackson again has another singer providing the several background vocals with him at the very end - Something Something, I belive his name was. 7/10
13- Cry: We all knew there was going to be another 'Heal the World' effort in Invincible. This time it's written by R.Kelly, the singer who did Jackson a huge favour when he wrote the awesome You Are Not Alone. But Cry is little compared to the HIStory classic. Yes, this time there is still a massive choir at the end, just like Heal the World and You Are Not Alone. But the writing isn't really anything to be proud of. There are some ooh-I-like-that sounds, and the choir is a very well assembled and conducted, but the song seems to be repeating itself in the sense that nothing changes from start to finish. There's a pretty good sound sting at the very very end, when you hear the lowest note on the piano being hit and Jackson breathing, "Change the world". 7/10
14- The Lost Children: The title seems like it should belong to the next Children of the Corn sequel, but you'll see why in the song. It's not really a Cumbaya-ma-lo'd affair, though it is something that'll be sung around a camping fire. The intro-sequence is extremely favourable, and the chorus suits the style of the song without doing a Heaven Can Wait. When you go into the second verse, a spicy intrument starts. You know, the shaking one that sounds like there's sand inside it. This is a brilliant development to the song, and added extras like these continue to impress all the way. The choir of children at the end is the perfect finish, and the song doesn't go on for too long. 9/10
15- Whatever Happens: The deep voice gets another go in this mix of western and Latin music, complete with professional whistling and Carlos Santana on his trademark guitar. A thrilling song, with some brilliant high-to-low notes that'll have you screaming for more. Santana jabs and rolls through most of the song, with some (I think) female backing vocals providing a kick to boost. The song seems to be about a disfuncional couple trying to make things work. The main chorus is , "Whatever happens... (bit of Santana here)... don't you let go of my hand... (bit of whistling there)". The only gripe I would have about this song is that the chorus is repeated over and over and over again. That's not a totally bad thing though, as Jackson has varied the thing by having different singers do it every time. Sounds like it anway. A great song, most people will love it - but the little comments exchanged between Jackson and Santana to finish are a wee bit too lame, "Thank you, man."
"Thank YOU, Carlos." 9/10
16- Threatened: "Tonight's story is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction..." Cue the mightiest intro I've heard in years. Afterwards, Jackson proceeds to terrify you with wicked statements, aided by the chilling sound of a chair being dragged in the background. This chair-dragging sound is heard every two beats, and is one of the best ideas I've ever encountered. The actual beats sound more like bones breaking than drums drumming, and as always there's the odd BANG!/SHRIEK!/CRASH noise that snaps at you. The chorus is marvellous, as each "threatened" sounds groundbreaking and exciting. This song is one of the best produced works of art ever, as prooven by the rap and the astonishing breakdown near the end. The rap is not done by any rappers. It is done with audio clips of the dead 'Twilight Zone' host, Rod Sterling. Unbelievable? Yes, but you'd better belive it. A hi-tech, nerve-wracking track that slaps Thriller in the face with it's own severed ass. 10/10
Now, before I edited this review, the album's score had been based on the average score of the sixteen songs. Of course, since Heartbreaker has shot from a 6 to an 8, the album should now be rated at five stars instead of four. True, but the album has its problems, and therefore the 5 star status remains untouched. The lows are too low to be ignored, but the highs are tremendously high. Invincible is unmissable.
Just before I start this opinion, I would like to say that I am a devout Michael Jackson fan and yes I may be a touch biased, but I will try and be as critical as possible. The second I found out that Invincible was being released, I rushed to my nearest HMV and pre-booked a copy so that the day it came out I would have my copy ready and waiting (I did warn you!). I have a lot of experience as someone who loves the King, as I have albums starting from Music & Me 1973, up to HIStory and Blood on the dancefloor, plus all his videos and a live performance at Wembley Stadium in July 1997 on his HIStory tour (once again, I did warn you!). So, The Product: Invincible, the new album from the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. It comes in a choice of colours; Blue, orange, white, green and red. I chose the green copy. It is available on cassette and CD. It has 16 tracks on it and is on Epic record label. Michael Jackson also is the Executive Producer. The Tracks: 1) Unbreakable – This song is a bit longwinded as it lasts for 6.25 minutes, which by normal standards is a long time! The intro is catchy and Michael’s voice comes in after about a minute. The song overall is good and I liked the style but the recurring intro piece goes throughout the song and it gets a bit much. 7/10 2) Heartbreaker – This is a funky song but again it’s a long one, 5.10 minutes. Michael starts singing almost straightaway which I thought was better. There is some rapping which is done by Fats (whoever he is). One of those songs that has different levels to it, which I liked. 8/10 3) Invincible – The track the album is named after. Quite unusual to have this track as number 3 as usually the title track is the track that is number 1 and leads you into the album. This one lasts for 4.45 minutes so they get shorter! Once again there is a rap performed by Fats and it is rather catchy. It is about a girl who is ‘Invincible’
. Unfortunately and it pains me to say this but this is similar to the first 2 tracks. 7/10 4) Break of Dawn – The starting to this is beautiful and you could be standing in the middle of a field listening to the birds. It is a gentle song that lasts for 5.32 minutes. A lovely chorus and sang beautifully. It is a wonderful background song. 9/10 5) Heaven can Wait – A gentle start and it begins with the chorus, which is something I have not noticed before with other songs. Again this is quite slow yet rhythmical and catchy. This is one you could catch yourself singing along to. Michael’s voice is strong too. 9/10 6) You rock my World – The first single released from this album as a single and lasts for 5.39 minutes. This is the one that Kylie beat to number one in October 2001. I for one thought that the King should have taken the throne, but hey like I said before I am biased (and I don’t like Kylie lol). It begins with Chris Tucker (comedy actor from Rush hour with Jackie Chan) and Michael playfully arguing over whether Michael could get ‘The’ girl. This is amusing. Then the song starts and I loved it from the minute I heard it. Very catchy and more of a dance track – great stuff 10/10 7) Butterflies – This starts with Michael whispering ‘butterflies’ and is a very gentle, slow intro. I would say that this song, which lasts for 4.40 minutes, is a ballad with a blues overtone. It is a great smooth tune for that romantic evening in. 9/10 8) Speechless – I must say this: This track is AMAZING!! The first second I heard it I turned it up and have sang along to it ever since. It is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. It lasts for 3.18 minutes but as I always have it on repeat, it could go on for hours! It is a fantastic ballad and Michael’s voice is nothing short of wonderful. I actually wanted to walk down the red carpet at my weddin
g to this, but it mentions God and as I am having a civil ceremony I am not allowed to have it! I was devastated, as I love this song, Michael at his best 100/10!! 9) 2000 Watts – Quite a shocking song after track 8! It is harsh and fast! It lasts for 4.24 minutes and is fast from the outset. The beat is great and as I loved ‘Morphine’ from his Blood on the Dancefloor album, I liked this one too. You don’t really hear a lot of Michael in this but it is a great song. 8/10 10) You are my Life – This is another wonderful track lasting for 4.33 minutes this song is inspirational. I am actually using this song as part of my wedding vows as the words are so beautiful: “ You are the sun, You make me shine, Or more like the stars that twinkle at night. You are the moon that glows in my heart, You’re my daytime, my night time, You are my life” What a fantastic ballad 10/10 11) Privacy – This is one of Michael’s ‘have a go at the press’ songs like ‘Leave me alone’ and ‘Tabloid Junkie’ it is not a bad song and I fully support his quest to stop the papers from writing rubbish about him, but this is not one of the best on the album. “ You keep on stalking 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 sell your soul just to get a story sold” The words are poignant and it lasts for 5.05 minutes. 9/10 12) Don’t walk away – This has a very soft beginning and you know it is going to be a ballad type song. One of those songs that you find yourself humming along to or tapping your hand on your knee to the beat. A very soothing song that lasts for 4.25 minutes. 10/10 13) Cry – This was the second song to be released as a single and it was written by R. Kelly. This caught people’s attention, as Michael Jackson doesn
217;t actually appear in the video for this song! It lasts for 5.01 minutes and it is a ‘world’ song. Along similar lines as ‘Heal the World’ as far as the message in the song goes. I like this song and found myself singing along to it, as it is catchy. 10/10 14) The Lost Children – A simple, mellow song that would be good whilst in the bath, candles all around – relaxing. Once again this is a catchy song that lasts for 4 minutes and has a children’s choir featuring in it. 10/10 15) Whatever happens – The sound of someone whistling is the intro to this 4.56-minute song. I would say this song is quite Jazz like in certain parts but on the whole you would probably find your foot tapping away to the infectious beat. Some great solo guitar sections in this, which gives it a Latin feel, performed by Carlos Santana. 9/10 16) Threatened – I was not overly keen on this song, as it is rather similar to invincible. It lasts for 4.19 minutes and Rod Serling does the intro and ‘outro’ I actually do not know who this is but it says: Audio snippets of Rod Serling courtesy of CBS Broadcasting Inc’ So from this I would presume he is dead? 7/10 Overall opinion: I love Michael Jackson, his voice makes me go weak at the knees and from the Jackson five to today he amazes me! I feel that he is the most unfairly treated person ever! Some of the songs on this album did disappoint me as since HIStory I have been longing for the next album. I have been as honest as I can be and I will say that if you are a Michael fan then YES this is worth getting. But if you like a few of his songs and are considering this – then NO I wouldn’t. It cost me £15.99 but I do not regret buying it at all.
I have been a huge MJ fan since I was caught (trying) to do the moonwalk at four years of age. I'm now 21 and have all of his albums, videos, posters and jigsaw puzzle! Like many other fans I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for this album to be released. It kept being put back so that MJ could 'perfect it' some more. Eventually it had a release date that would co-incide with christmas. So on it went at the top of my list. Whilst I bit my nails in excitement 'You rock my world' was released in to the charts. 'What on earth is this c***p' I thought as I listened to it. It had nothing of that pizazz you'd expect from a Michael Jackson song, especially the debut of his new album. It didn't put me off though. I thought it was probably a bad choice of debut song. Christmas eventually came and I put the CD straight into the player. I have to admit that the excitement had shrunk to a small wave of curiosity after such a dizmall first song. My first reaction: 'Whay is Michael Jackson trying to sound like N'Sync?'. There was no classic Michael sound. It was just everyday pop songs that you'd expect from a typical boy band. But not from a man who brought us Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Bad, Man in the Mirror...I listened to it a second and a third time. Hoping that it would grow on me. By the end of christmas day it had been thrown under a pile of wrapping paper. It now lies in the bottom of my wardrobe collecting dust. MJ blames Sony for such poor album sales. Even going as far as to say there was a racist vendetta against him by record bosses. Hello! If you were a record boss wouldn't you be rubbing your hands together at the thought of publishing a MJ album. Especailly after the huge success of History and Black or White. You wouldn't spend 75 million dollars promoting the album if you wanted it to fail. The truth is that this album has none of the spark that made MJ wh
at he is today. Every song sounds the same. Every song sounds like he's trying to copy the 'in-styles' of N'Sync, Brittney and all those other teeny bopper bands. I think he's tried to aim to that young teen audience. Only they dont want him when they've got Justin out of N'Sync. Whilst his older adoring fans have been left with an insignificant album. Well...maybe we can use it as a coffee mat.
Michael has been heavily criticised because of his new music pop sound, which he has brought to the air with the release of thriller. Michael has definitely gone through a transition period, there is no denying that fact but the question that critics posed was, "Is this for the best". Remember Michael Jackson's amazing and record breaking, music changing album Thriller in which he worked alongside producers Quincy Jones and Rod Tempterton. This was an album that truly gave Michael the title, King Of Pop. For many years he has deservedly worn this crown with the admiration of his peers. This was an album in which he not only made a paramount peak album but he also changed the way that videos were to be made forever with the release of the Thriller Video. This was like a short story music movie in which Michael showed his unique attention to detail. In the most part, I believe it was best for Michael to change his approach in the new millennium, he could not keep the same sound he had so long ago with the release of Off The Wall and Thriller, Michael needed to change his image and his music so as not to sound retro and outdated. One could debate that Invincible has been edited to perfection, in part that would be true. There were various artists that were supposed to be working on this album that for some reason or another actually never made the final piece. These artists included the best from both the R 'n' b world and the Hip-Hop world, with artists such as R.Kelly and Boyz II Men dabbling in the workings of the album and even the great Notorious B.I.G (R.I.P). (However it must be noted that Biggie did appear on history) It seems that in Invincible, Michael tried to create an album that would be interesting and captivating to all cultures; ranging from black Americans to Europeans and hard-core fans of pop. I feel that Biggie in a track entitled Unbreakable was slightly exploited. By t
his I mean that his rap was not fully appreciated by the instrumentals. The rap is placed after a short interlude with Michael Jackson who speaks of those that doubted his return to the thrown as the King Of Pop and is taken from Shaq O'Neal song, You Can't Stop The Reign. In saying this unbreakable is an outstanding track, interesting and inspiring; probably one of the best of the album. Rodney Jerkins and Michael also collaborate on a track entitled Heartbreaker. The beats on this track are amazing and really penetrating; on the other hand the lyrics are unique and well thought about. The track is basically about a beautiful girl whom Michael is deeply interested in but the games she is playing are making him look a fool. This is similar to You Rock My World and the lyrics initiating with; "Deceitful eyes, she's got those come get me thighs." Fats, an underground rapper does a piece on this song, but against Michael's harmonious vocals it is not fully appreciated. Another song on the album featuring a collaboration between the two is the title track Invincible, although another track with the disappointing Fats, Michael's musical talents still shine bright. The track is about a girl the Michael is chasing but she doesn't give in and so he label her invincible. These are the most up beat songs on the album along with You Rock My World, the rest of the tracks are slow and soothing. The take a new look at slow jams and they really works well in relaxing when tensed up. A track entitled Break Of Dawn was intended to be released and was on the Michael Jackson website days before the release of the album. This song was aired for play over the Internet to show Michael's development as a slow jam artist. The production on the album is definitely second to none. Michael has accumulated the very best from the present industry from the Neptunes, worked on a song entit
led You Rock My World and who in the past have worked with artists such as P.Diddy, LL Cool J and Ludacris; to North Child currently working on Brandy's new album with the release of "What About Us" The last track on the album leaves the listener with a haunting sensation. The instrumental are soft but well implemented. The softly played guitar and the mellow backing vocals make for an eerie track. Rod Serling does a spoken word outro to great avail. Invincible is Michael's latest album. It takes a fresh new look on pop music and sees the development of Michael as an artist for the Millennium. If you don't like slow relaxing tracks, more Usher style then I would not recommend Invincible because this is a very similar approach. Invincible is an album that has changed the way that I hear music. Being a fan of hip hop, I was more interested in the lyrics and beats but with Michael's music I found myself once again listening for the soothing harmonies and melodies within each track.
With 30 years of music history to his credit, Michael Jackson proves that he is indeed the "King of Pop" and might even be invincible. Few artists could incorporate so many trademark sounds and still manage to sound fresh and current. If nothing more, Michael is at least unique. Most people can't distinguish one hip hop or rap artists from another. All the boy bands seem to be modeled after a record company's idea of what young people should see and hear. As for the current crop of females, most seem to be modeled after Destiny's Child or Britney Spears. The girls look alike, sound alike, and dance alike. The exception is, of course, the inimitable Janet Jackson -- true pop royalty. Whatever he does, Michael sounds like Michael. And, whether one is a fan of his music or not, his music stands out from the overly sampled and overly produced synthesized potpourri that dominate BillBoard's Top 40. "Invincible" works for me because it doesn't ignore Michael's past successes. Yet, to his credit, he does not ignore modern day trends. He integrates the past with the present while also managing to suggest a certain musical vision -- a direction for what we might hear tomorrow. It's understandable that most of the writers who review Michael's music are initially critical. Michael is, after all, always ahead of what everyone else is doing. It's why people who couldn't appreciate "Billie Jean" or "Thriller" when they first came out, can listen it today and find the beat irresistible. And those who once considered "She's Out of My Life," as too syrupy, now respect it as a great and enduring love ballad. I'm not quite certain what Michael did to get the great string sound on "You Rock My World," but it's different from anything he's done in the past, and certainly different from what anyone else is doing. T
here's even a Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling sort of rap in the middle of "Threatened." Another bit of recording magic no one else has even attempted. And let's not forget the guitar virtuosity of Carlos "Supernatural" Santana who once again manages to make his guitar cry -- this time for Michael's ballad, "Whatever Happens." "Butterflies" will be around for a long time. It reminds us all of the innocence of young love -- it's spiritual naivete. No one can deliver a tasteful touch of gospel like Michael. He does it again in "Speechless." A true artist realizes that he or she must experiment to grow. Risks are mandatory -- sensible risks but risks nonetheless. And while NSync, Britney, and other dancing divas have already grown stale, Michael dances on -- if not to a new beat, at lest to his own beat. So, perhaps, all things considered, he is indeed Invincible.
6 years, 4 months and 13 days I waited. Waited for what you may ask??? For this album to be released of course!! That was the length of time between 1995?s "HIStory - Past, Present & Future, Book 1" and this, 2001's "Invincible". My God! I spend my entire teenaged life waiting for a shiny plastic disc! Madness!! OK, I did a whole lot of other things in this time - eating, breathing and sleeping come to mind - but I still waited. I give over large quantities of whatever cash I can get my hands on to the shiny happy people in HMV so that I can fill up every void in my bedroom with these shiny plastic discs. And it is all down to Michael Jackson. His music has touched me like no other. From the exultant pop tunes; to the one's where he cries at the end and the perfectly simplistic numbers; to the multi-laired innovative songs, I love them all. His music caused me to look at music in a completely different way. No longer do I just sing and dance along or whatever. I now listen more to the production, backing vocals and all the rest of it. That's why the release of "Invincible" was such a big deal. I conveniently had the day off college on the 29th of October 2001 (seriously, it was a bank holiday) and made my way to HMV. There it was - in its 5 glorious different covers. After thinking about it for about 3 seconds, I grabbed the red one and ran up to the counter. Why, oh why were the busses so slow that day?? It always happens to me!! Don't worry - I can sense that you are at this point - I got home eventually. And was it worth the wait?? Is the best album in 6 years, 4 months and 13 days?? Hmmm...Not entirely sure about that one. Invincible contains some really innovative, totally modern tracks with superb production. The style is a hybrid of RnB and Pop, something that is becoming very popular of late. Here are the tracks (not in order): "Unbreakable" has
an incredibly catchy beat, great melody and a rap by the late Notorious B.I.G. "Heartbreaker" is very fast, futuristic, has a great chorus and will definitely surprise you when you hear it. "2000Watts"is probably the least "Michael Jackson" song you will ever hear. Yes, dear reader, his voice has finally broken. Another modern RnB track is the first single "You Rock My World" which has production like Toni Braxton's "He Wasn't Man Enough For Me" and a great catchy chorus. The downside to the Michael's latest affair with RnB is the title track "Invincible". If the song were under three minutes long instead of almost five, it would be so much better. Instead it goes on and on and on and on. This album contains a large number of mid-tempo RnB tracks. "Break of Dawn" has a very catchy melody, and a chorus sung by the producer Dr. Freeze, with Michael providing the ad libs. "Heaven Can Wait" is one where you really get to hear the power of Michael's voice at its very best. It is one that I just can't stop listening to -totally infectious. "Butterflies" is the new single at the other side of the pond (that's, the USA, for y'all stateside). Another fabulous melody. Michael sings this song, in large part, in a falsetto voice, but nothing like his 70s hit "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" "Whatever Happens" is another track you would not expect from Michael. It features Carlos Santana on guitar. If this is not released as a single, I will shoot myself. OK maybe not, but it is very radio friendly. This is probably the only rock tinged track on the album. Michael likes to put a few strange tracks on his albums that are catchy, but you couldn?t exactly imagine on Top Of The Pops. This album is no exception. I was very disappointed to hear
the lyrics of "Privacy". It is everything that was bad about HIStory. Its lyrics are another attack on the tabloids and the media. The song does have good points though - the melody of the chorus is very catchy and Michael sings in this great "gritty" voice. Michael also likes to include songs with a horror theme. This time we are treated to "Threatened". It has a great melody and great production. It is in the vein of "Is This Scary" and "Ghosts" from the "Blood on The Dancefloor" remix album project. The final song in the strange category is "The Lost Children". Think Barney goes to church. Only worse. Next up are the ballads. To begin with, "Cry" the second single that absolutely BOMBED. This song is a mixture between Michael's "You Are Not Alone" and R Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" with a touch of "Earth Song" added for good measure. A nice song but a bad choice for a single. "Don't Walk Away" is a song that I didn't really like initially but it has grown on me over the months. It is slow, slushy and romantic. It doesn't really go anywhere, but is nice all the same. "Speechless" is a gem. It starts off with Michael singing A Cappella, then gradually builds up and ends A Cappella. The lyrics are excellent, as is the melody. The only fault I have with this is that Michael cries at the end. Please spare us. "You Are My Life" is another romantic number. It has great lyrics, great backing vocals (by Babyface) and simple production. The tune isn't all that interesting, but it gets better as it goes along. One thing I really like about Michael is that his songs are timeless. Unfortunately, I don't think "Invincible" has the timelessness factor that many of his other albums have. Songs like "Heaven Can Wait" an
d "Heartbreaker" are very NOW, but whether or not they are very ten years time is a totally different question. Despite that, it is an album that I would definitely recommend you check out. Unfortunately, the single choices so far are not the best album tracks. Hopefully "Whatever Happens", "Break of Dawn" and "Unbreakable" will be the other singles released. If you are in anyway interested in buying this CD, you really should. Forget the publicity, forget the gossip. Let the music do the talking. There are sixteen tracks, which is excellent value for money. They are not all gems, but it is certainly above average. Album opinions can be very difficult to do, without loading it down with technical information. I hope I gave you a good insight into the album without doing this. Please leave your comments, criticisms or otherwise!!! Until next time, I'm out!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
4 Break Of Dawn
5 Heaven Can Wait
6 You Rock My World
9 2000 Watts
10 You Are My Life
12 Don't Walk Away
14 The Lost Children
15 Whatever Happens