The MJ team just revealed on iTunes, that there will be 17 Tracks on the Deluxe Version of Michael Jackson’s Xscape including 2 Videos, you can already Pre-Order the album now on iTunes, the album is due May 13th. "There are the numbers with the classic, retro feel of Off The Wall, complete with orchestrations. Then there are the tracks where Reid’s ‘contemporising’ comes more into play, with a harder- hitting, electronic backdrop.
With swish disco strings and youthful sounding vocals, two of the first three tracks fall into the former category, harking back to the Seventies and Eighties. Echoes of Jackson’s glory years abound elsewhere: one song adopts a groove similar to the immortal Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’; another track, A Place With No Name, combines glam-rock drums with a bassline reminiscent of the 1987 hit The Way You Make Me Feel."
Two of the more contemporary tracks will be familiar to hardened Jacko-watchers. The busy Slave To The Rhythm was recorded in 1991 and earmarked for the Dangerous album. A Cover Version By Justin Bieber leaked onto the net last year. But, as with many of the funkier tracks here, the booming blend of synths and strings give the song a cluttered feel, suggesting the producers have sometimes gone too far in polishing their rough diamond.
Much the same applies to the album’s title track, beefed up from a version recorded at the same time as 2001’s Invincible. Here, though, a whooping Jackson is in imperious form. When critics were invited to this week’s playback, the attendant email heralded these songs as ‘the best you’ve never heard’. That may be the case. Jackson had reportedly stockpiled more than 200 Unfinished Tracks before his death, but few are likely to possess the quality of these expertly updated period pieces.
Michael Jackson - Xscape (Deluxe) (2014) (May 13th)
- Love Never Felt So Good
- Chicago (Timbaland)
- Lovin’ You
- A Place With No Name
- Slave To The Rhythm (Timbaland)
- Do You Know Where Your Children Are
- Blue Gangsta
- Xscape (Darkchild)
- Love Never Felt So Good (Original)
- Chicago (Original)
- Lovin’ You (Original)
- A Place With No Name (Original)
- Slave To The Rhythm (Original)
- Do You Know Where Your Children Are (Original)
- Blue Gangsta (Original)
- Xscape (Original)
- Untitled (Video)
- Untitled (Video)
Michael Jackson - Slave To The Rhythm (DJ Freakiii x Timbaland Mix) (14')