Michael Jackson ‘Breaking News’

8 Nov

I am a huge Michael Jackson fan and I am also a huge cynic when it comes to any future albums released under his name. ‘Breaking News’ is the first “new” track to be released since his death last year and honestly it sounds nothing like him. I’m no conspiracy theorist (some people online are claiming that this is a sound-alike) but his vocals have clearly been messed with to a fairly horrible extent. The song itself is dire, the production is about 20 years out of date and the lyrics are about how persecuted Michael felt by the press – in the past whenever he went really whiney things got very ugly and this is no different (see also ‘Leave Me Alone’, ‘Tabloid Junkie’ and ‘privacy’. In fairness the song gets better towards the end, the horns sound great and there is a weird synth that pokes its head up every now and then. Maybe Kanye West or Mark Ronson got something better out of MJ but if they didn’t this album could be a big disaster. At least the cover art is good…



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