Michael

Common Sense Media says

Posthumous album captures MJ's spirit; fine for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some negative messages about fame, celebrity, and Hollywood. "Hold My Hand" teaches that anything is possible if we work together.

Positive role models

Even in the last tumultous years of his life, MJ was still trying to change the world through music and leave an inspiring anthem. "Keep Your Head Up" says never give up and "Hold My Hand" shows the power of working together.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Not really an issue except in song "Hollywood Tonight," with the lyrics: "She's giving hot tricks to men just to get in, when she was taught that it's not clean because she's only 15."

 

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"Hollywood got you drunk enough to fall."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the first posthumously-released album since Michael Jackson's death, including unfinished, unpolished tracks that were supposedly not ready for release. There's a recurring theme about Hollywood and the fame monster, but overall the content is fine for fans young and old, with clean lyrics.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

MICHAEL contains 10 tracks that Michael Jackson supposedly was working on but never completely finished before his death. Although there is some controversy surrounding the validity of every song, some of the tracks like "(I Like) The Way You Love Me," "Behind the Mask," and "Hold My Hand" are classic MJ, with lyrics about love and friendship, giving fans a little more of the lasting legacy that is the King of Pop. Akon, 50 Cent, and Lenny Kravitz are featured on the album as well. The digital booklet contains lyrics, backstory, and handwritten notes by Jackson.

Is it any good?

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If you and your kids are Michael Jackson fans, you will enjoy this album. The spirit of his music is captured, with songs like "Hollywood Tonight," "Monster," (with 50 Cent) and "Breaking News" touching on the reality of fame, celebrity, and life under a microscope. It makes the listener empathetic to MJ's last days and all the more sorry that such a talent was gone too soon. "(I Like) The Way You Love Me" and "Much Too Soon" elicit images of the old Michael the way he should be remembered.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about releasing an album after an artist's death. Do you think this is appropriate? Why or why not? Do you think this album would sell as well if Michael Jackson were still living?

  • There's some controversy that some of the tracks feature an imposter only mimicking MJ's vocals. What do you think about his controversy? Do you think it's a publicity stunt? Do you hear any inconsistencies in the vocals on the album?

Music details

Artist:Michael Jackson
Release date:December 14, 2010
Label:Epic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2012
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10
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Epic is His World

This is one of his best albums of all time, this is songs that he was working before he died but their producers launched it in December. It has everything a genre is hoping for like love, hope, dreams and more. This album gives a possitive message about not giving up, and cacthy tunes. All of these songs do deserve to be on this album, there is rapping since the album Inviniclble came out in 2001. Michael featurs stars like Akon, 50 cent and Lenny Kravtiz. If hadn´t died this would have been a lot more different, without the other artist and the edited parts and repeat lines would have been replaced with new lines and beats. Love him huge fan.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byRockybalboa211 February 19, 2011
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7
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Michael Jackson is not God. Yet, he was a good natured man who wanted to capture something that he never experienced in his past. Michael at the age of 24, was very lonely, he never experienced true friendship and still lived at home. Michael gave 350 million dollars to 40 different charities and saved a eastern european boys life in the 90s by finding him a liver. There is no evidence to suggest that he was anything bad. I don't care for this album since Michael was not alive to give it his blessing. This album sounds overproduced and Sony is foolish to even try to make this album a success. They could have done that when he was alive, yet they didn't support him and stopped all production on the "Invincible" Album before it was finished. Overall, Hollywood Tonight, Another Day, and the karen Carpenter written song "Much Too Soon" are magnificent! The others seem to have been cobbled up to make complete songs.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bygino56 January 19, 2011
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13
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This is the best
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