XSCAPE: Celebrating Michael Jackson’s Life + Deluxe Album Review

As today marks 5 years since Michael Jackson sadly passed away, I wanted to celebrate Michael Jackson’s life for who he was, and how I have come to love the music of someone who was famously known for the famous dance, the moonwalk.

For Michael Jackson, you can definitely say he was the King of Pop, as his music, despite the ongoing claims, allowed everyone to understand what he loved to do the most. As he grew up with making music since the age of 5, because he was with the 5-piece Jackson 5 group, this meant his career, despite it being too early for him to start out, actually proved that he would later on become one of the most successful solo artists on the music scene. Now I know that being forced into the music scene at the age of 5 is not right, given the kind of life Michael went through, but, by making his own music at the age of 20, this gave Michael Jackson the biggest chance to break away from a childhood that was pretty much taken away from him, considering what Joe Jackson did to him in his young years, whipping him regularly if he sung one note out of tune, which is the thing I have come to hate about Joe Jackson.

The albums Michael Jackson did when he became a solo artist was where he made his first proper big break, for example, Motown, because when Motown celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1985, Michael performed the classical tune that will always be played to this day, which was Billie Jean. This song was overall the best highlight of his solo career.

When I found out he died on this day five years ago, it was an awful lot of time for me to take in the news, in honesty, I was actually crying because he was a talented artist, and was mainly the global figure in popular culture which made his career entirely spread over four decades. Everyone paid their tributes, even days, months or even years after he died, and even I, and everyone around the world will always think about him, despite some negativity, he will always remain in my heart and everyone’s hearts, as he was a kind man who gave up something of his own to provide for others around the world that may have been suffering during a difficult period. His foundation: “Heal the World” was a way of raising money for those who were less fortunate than himself, which I thought was the nicest thing he’s done for everyone, because he was giving something back that he never got from his own father, and I admire Michael Jackson for all the hard work he has done. His legacy will live on for many years to come.

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XSCAPE (Deluxe) – Album Review

XSCAPE (Deluxe)
Credit: Michael Jackson, Epic Records, Michael Jackson’s Estate and Rodney Jerkins ©. —XSCAPE Logo Cropped Out to Prevent Copyright Infringement—

When I first heard Michael Jackson’s new posthumous album “XSCAPE”, it blew me away, as this was music that defined the true image of the King of Pop himself. This album was like a journey back in time, as his music overall up to this recent posthumous album defined and enabled me to re-live the experience all over again. It felt like a journey where music would never age, and for Michael Jackson’s albums, even XSCAPE, his music will never age. Despite the 8 tracks that have been contemporised (enhanced to prevent confusion), his music will always be available for many generations to come.

This album, as a whole, was almost unlike the music he would normally make, but this album retain’s his crown as the King of Pop, and will always be the album I listen to. I gave this album its first ever listen on the music-streaming service, Spotify, and now, I have the physical copy of the Deluxe album, which I am over the moon to have as it was a birthday present for my 16th birthday last week :-).

As part of the hard work Michael Jackson has done, I want to give this posthumous album a rating of 10/10 as I believe that for those of you who haven’t heard it yet, you will be blown away, and it will make you want to keep the album on loop.

To your right of the blog page, I have put up the Spotify playlist of Michael Jackson’s XSCAPE (Deluxe) album for your viewing comfort (will remain permanent for this blog) :-).

Thank you for viewing this blog post, this blog post is a fitting tribute to mark the celebration of Michael Jackson’s life, as he has inspired me and everyone around the world to do better, and I thank him for his inspiration. He will always be forever remembered in our hearts for as long as we shall all live.

-Alex Smithson

3 thoughts on “XSCAPE: Celebrating Michael Jackson’s Life + Deluxe Album Review

  1. How crazy! I was just reminded of his death too, and blogged about it. It’s good to see that he lives on in so many hearts, especially those of younger generations. It’s our job to keep his legacy alive! I LOVE his music, and have always been a huge Michael fan. Great post!

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