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Xscape by Michael Jackson
Released: May 2014
Label: Epic/MJJ
Let the critics fuss over Xscape and its relevance in the MJ canon. Does it have any decent songs? Yes, to a point. Timbaland's executive production of the late King of Pop's sundry demos makes Xscape sound like an addendum to his and Justin Timberlake's albums -- call it The 20/20 Experience 2.5 -- and sure enough, JT pops up on "Love Never Felt So Good." Neo-disco girds "Loving You," and "Slave to the Rhythm" is vintage Timbo twerk (if only Missy were on it). The title track finds Jacko brain-deep in paranoia, and we're not sure what a "Blue Gangsta" is.
Mosi Reeves
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