Invincible

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Let's get the cliched bad joke out of the way to begin with: at the time Michael Jackson released Invincible in the fall of 2001, he hardly seemed "invincible" -- it was more wishful thinking than anything else, since he hadn't really had a genuine hit in ten years, and even that paled in comparison to his total domination of the '80s. That lack of commercial success, combined with a fading reputation as a trailblazer, a truly ugly public scandal, and swirling rumors about his diminishing finances, along with a huge wait between albums (by teaming his Dangerous follow-up with a hits collection, it wound up being overlooked, despite a gaudy publicity push), resulted in Jackson being deep down in the hole, needing to surge back out with a record that not only proved his talents, but his staying power. So, faced with a make-or-break record, what did Jackson do to save his career? What he had done since Dangerous, take a turn toward the street and craft a hard-driving, hard-polished urban soul album, heavy on the dance numbers and sweetened by lugubrious ballads. That's a proven formula for commercial success, but it didn't push his music forward, particularly when compared to the wildly rich, all-encompassing musical vision of Thriller and Bad. Here, he is reined in by a desire to prove himself, so he keeps his focus sharp and narrow, essentially creating a sparkly, post-hip-hop update of Off the Wall. However, the infectious joy and layered craft of that masterpiece have been replaced with a desire to craft something hip enough for the clubs and melodic enough for mainstream radio, thereby confirming his self-proclaimed status as the King of Pop. Since he is exceptionally talented and smart enough to surround himself with first-rate collaborators, this does pay off on occasion, even when it feels a little too calculated or when it feels a little padded. Ultimately, the record runs too long, losing steam halfway through, as it turns to a series of rants about "Privacy" or a deadly stretch of uncomfortably treacly, sub-"Man in the Mirror" songs about "The Lost Children," or when he says that he can't change the world by himself on "Cry." Fortunately, Jackson was clever enough to front-load this record, loading the first seven songs with really good, edgy dance numbers -- even the opening "Unbreakable" isn't sunk by the creepy resurrection of Biggie Smalls -- and lovely ballads, highlighted by "Break of Dawn" and "Butterflies" with its Bacharach-styled horns. Even if these are too self-conscious and a little mechanical, they still have a spark and sound better than anything Jackson did since Dangerous. That's not enough to make Invincible the comeback Jackson needed -- he really would have needed an album that sounded free instead of constrained for that to work -- but it did offer a reminder that he could really craft good pop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

About this item

Let's get the cliched bad joke out of the way to begin with: at the time Michael Jackson released Invincible in the fall of 2001, he hardly seemed "invincible" -- it was more wishful thinking than anything else, since he hadn't really had a genuine hit in ten years, and even that paled in comparison to his total domination of the '80s. That lack of commercial success, combined with a fading reputation as a trailblazer, a truly ugly public scandal, and swirling rumors about his diminishing finances, along with a huge wait between albums (by teaming his Dangerous follow-up with a hits collection, it wound up being overlooked, despite a gaudy publicity push), resulted in Jackson being deep down in the hole, needing to surge back out with a record that not only proved his talents, but his staying power. So, faced with a make-or-break record, what did Jackson do to save his career? What he had done since Dangerous, take a turn toward the street and craft a hard-driving, hard-polished urban soul album, heavy on the dance numbers and sweetened by lugubrious ballads. That's a proven formula for commercial success, but it didn't push his music forward, particularly when compared to the wildly rich, all-encompassing musical vision of Thriller and Bad. Here, he is reined in by a desire to prove himself, so he keeps his focus sharp and narrow, essentially creating a sparkly, post-hip-hop update of Off the Wall. However, the infectious joy and layered craft of that masterpiece have been replaced with a desire to craft something hip enough for the clubs and melodic enough for mainstream radio, thereby confirming his self-proclaimed status as the King of Pop. Since he is exceptionally talented and smart enough to surround himself with first-rate collaborators, this does pay off on occasion, even when it feels a little too calculated or when it feels a little padded. Ultimately, the record runs too long, losing steam halfway through, as it turns to a series of rants about "Privacy" or a deadly stretch of uncomfortably treacly, sub-"Man in the Mirror" songs about "The Lost Children," or when he says that he can't change the world by himself on "Cry." Fortunately, Jackson was clever enough to front-load this record, loading the first seven songs with really good, edgy dance numbers -- even the opening "Unbreakable" isn't sunk by the creepy resurrection of Biggie Smalls -- and lovely ballads, highlighted by "Break of Dawn" and "Butterflies" with its Bacharach-styled horns. Even if these are too self-conscious and a little mechanical, they still have a spark and sound better than anything Jackson did since Dangerous. That's not enough to make Invincible the comeback Jackson needed -- he really would have needed an album that sounded free instead of constrained for that to work -- but it did offer a reminder that he could really craft good pop. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

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Artist: Michael Jackson
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 10/30/2001
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.4 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0007464694002
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Track Listing

1. Unbreakable
2. Heartbreaker
3. Invincible
4. Break Of Dawn
5. Heaven Can Wait
6. You Rock My World
7. Butterflies
8. Speechless
9. 2000 Watts
10. You Are My Life
11. Privacy
12. Don't Walk Away
13. Cry
14. Lost Children
15. Whatever Happens
16. Threatened
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He's the best!! Point......Blank.....PERIOD!!!!!!
7/27/2009

Customer review by Amy3333333

5.0 stars 7/27/2009 by Amy3333333
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This album is so awesome. There is a combination of fast and slow music to groove to. There is no way that you can listen to this album and not move some part of the body. The beats are amazing also.

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Awesome!!
11/28/2008

Customer review by HerbieMyCat

5.0 stars 11/28/2008 by HerbieMyCat
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I love this CD!!! I heard one of the songs on YOUTUBE and I had to get this CD!! If you are a Michael Jackson fan, get this CD!!

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HerbieMyCat
Benton,AR
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
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Gender:Female
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Another Wonderful Album
6/22/2008

Customer review by 012345

5.0 stars 6/22/2008 by 012345
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I like all kinds of music and decided to get it. I was basically blown away by the album. Even tho reviewers, professional ones say this album was a failure i think it would have done realllly well if promotion didnt stop. I still listen to it today. The songs never get old. I would recommend it to everyone.

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012345
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:18 - 24
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Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
Long live the king of pop!!!
3/13/2011

Customer review by RivertonSeven

5.0 stars 3/13/2011 by RivertonSeven
by RivertonSeven

This is a wonderful cd! I loved it! I just got it and I can't stop listening to it! You cannot listen to this without moving your body. I recomend this cd to everyone!!!

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RivertonSeven
Fort Knox, KY
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:14 - 18
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
10/18/2011

Customer review by Robby929292

5.0 stars 10/18/2011 by Robby929292
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this album truly proved to me that Michael Jackson was able to sing any type of music he wanted as well or even better than anybody that professionally sings solely that type of music. Michael truly was the greatest musician of all time.

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Age:14 - 18
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Gender:Male
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