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~Yeah, it's time to Xscape!~,
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Before I even start this, allow me to say this: GET. THIS. NOW! Especially, the Deluxe Edition. When you open it, the CD feels like a throwback to the days of Thriller, with the words included in the middle portion of the case. I did not realize the lyrics were there until I tilted the case to remove the CD out. Each song sounds really, really good, but I think many will prefer the original version of A Place with No Name over the main version.
Love Never Felt So Good is the initial release from Xscape, and of course Michael puts it down, giving us his ability to reach all who listen to him, no matter where you are. Love is the sholl'nuff theme here, hence the title. Surely most have heard this by now. Chicago is a mid~tempo groove that is written quite cleverly about love that should have never been. Loving You starts with strikes of the piano, breaking into an infectious boom! boom! boom! that will surely become a favorite to many. Slave to the Rhythm is a definite dance track, sounding almost robotic at early places, with snippets taken from other previously released music. And the original version sounds more like what MJ prefers, which is exactly why these versions needed to be released as they show him in the light of his genius & mastery. Do You Know Where Your Children Are-the 2 versions are very, very different in sound, and with the question being asked, both productions are a toss up as to which one you'll enjoy more.
Blue Gangsta, I have to give the nod to the original version, and while many of the elements are present in the main version, again, the original feels like Michael and what we expect from him. It seems to be a ode to the gangster, maybe in movies, maybe in real life. His creativity continues to be boundless and once you hear it, you'll wonder just how did he write a song about a gangster and did not include such visual languages of violence normally associated with such thought. Xscape continues the thematic sense MJ brought from his years of experience in making short movies from much of his music, and the original version is one minute and thirty seconds longer. Both sound very good, and Xscape follows such tracks like Leave Me Alone, Scream and Tabloid Junkie-music that made it clear Mike longed for a simpler life than he was accustomed to. I was very, veeeeerrrrry sloooooow to do the pre-order when I learned about it, thinking it would honestly be garbage. I was proven wrong when some of the tracks were leaked on YouTube and after listening, I was all smiles for miles!
Michael is still running the show. When I thought Sony was the entity against Mike, I was absolutely wrong; it was certain people from within. The visuals the cover provides seem cryptic, but a few videos I have seen provided some clarity on it, especially in light of other album covers from him. So in the meantime, Pay & Press Play, enjoy the sounds of MJ and Xscape while you enjoy the rest of your day. ~K.I.S.S'E.S.S~
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Initial post: May 14, 2014 2:38:41 AM PDT
Scarlet Jupiter says:
Enjoyed your review, although I tend to disagree a little. May I suggest that you break it into smaller paragraphs, so it's easier to read. MJ lives on!!
Posted on May 21, 2014 8:13:41 AM PDT
Posted on Jun 11, 2014 10:21:21 AM PDT
Mr. P. says:
You should consider learning proper English before sharing any "truths".
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 3:51:56 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 4:12:21 PM PST
Miss Scarlet, thanks for the suggestion, I have heeded it. Please, start the dialogue with what little you disagree with here. Don't mind that all.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2014 4:16:04 PM PST
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