With Michael Jackson’s untimely passing last year, the international world grieved together as we lost the biggest entertainment star of the last 40 years. His unmatched track record for incredibly innovative albums, iconic videos and sold out world tours set the stage for fans to now take in a new music project by the notoriously known perfectionist. The ten-song set Micheal, MJ’s official posthumous album, teeters on the line of awesome (“Behind The Mask”) and less than amazing (“Breaking News”). Luckily the scale tips toward awesome more times than not.
“Hold My Hand” featuring Akon is a collaboration rumored to have been recorded back in 2007. The tone and delivery sounds like MJ, but rumors are swirling that throughout the album, MJ’s vocals have been overdubbed, switched and/or recorded by someone else all together. With that in mind, it’s hard to distinguish the real MJ from the so-called fakes. But the way songs like “Keep Your Head Up”, speaks about surviving tough times, “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” instructs the producer and listener to groove to love notes and “Best Of Joy” lifts the veil off MJ’s rugged vocals and let’s his light timbre float, you have to believe that this is the best of his last work.