Michael Jackson’s Michael surfaced on the web today, and although the first few tracks we were treated to lacked the spark (not to mention the vocals) of the King of Pop we knew and loved, the remainder of the compilation album isn’t such a disappointment — MJ’s collaboration with 50 Cent, the thumping track “Monster”, is an aggressive attack on allowing yourself to live a monstrous Hollywood life, while “(I Like) The Way You Love Me” is a sweet tune that should have been released long ago. Listen to both below.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/05-michael_jackson-monster_ft._50_cent_produced_by_teddy_riley_angelikson_and_michael_jackson.mp3" text="Michael Jackson feat. 50 Cent - Monster" dl="0"]
“Everywhere you turn a monster / When you look up into the air there’s a monster / Paparazzi got you scared like a monster,” sings Michael on yet another song called “Monster” to drop in the last year. (Others include Kanye’s and Lady Gaga’s tracks, though we wouldn’t be surprised if there were more out there.)
The tune was produced by Teddy Riley, Angelikson and Michael Jackson, and features Fiddy, rapping at full Eminem speed for her fairly middling verse.
We really like hearing MJ growl when he’s singing about a subject that angers him, but even catchier than “Monster” is the snappy love song “(I Like) The Way You Love Me”, which kicks off with Jackson demonstrating the melody and beat of the tune over the phone:
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All in all, Michael isn’t completely the money-grubbing cash-in we were expecting, since there are a few noteworthy tracks to be found on it. Now just replace “Breaking News” with “Blue Gangsta” on the LP and we’ll be happy.
What do you think of the songs on Michael? Are they unfullfilling leftovers, or is it just nice to hear new songs from the King of Pop?