Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Posthumous album captures MJ's spirit; fine for tweens.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & Representations

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.


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."


Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Hollywood got you drunk enough to fall."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bynoob T. November 19, 2019
Adult Written byRockybalboa211 February 19, 2011
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... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2012

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 ge... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 10, 2019

Could Be Better...

Don't get me wrong, I love Michael Jackson. He was, is, and always will be one of the greatest artists of all time. The reason I rated it 2 stars is becaus... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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