Album Review
Michael Jackson - King Of PopMichael Jackson - King Of Pop

So many people claim that the latest 'Greatest Hits' style cd from Michael Jackson is a big cash in and is not needed, that may well be the case but people are still going to flock out in their millions to buy a copy of the album. The album has been released to mark the 50th birthday of Michael Jackson, we all know that the man needs a bit of money after wasting millions and we all know that Sony BMG are a corporate company who would do pretty much anything to get themselves a little bit of extra pocket money so that’s pretty much how the 'King Of Pop' came about. The only difference here is that the album is the first of its kind in the way that the 17 tracks on the album were picked by the general public, fans across the UK had 3 weeks to pick and vote for their favourite Michael Jackson songs from a list of 50 strong tracks which included pretty much every popular Michael Jackson song that you could imagine.

The album has pretty much all the hits that you would expect from a Michael Jackson compilation such as Billie Jean, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Thriller, Black Or White, Beat It, Earth Song, in fact if any of the songs that I just listed wasn’t included on the album then it really wouldn’t be a true Michael Jackson compilation as each and everyone of those songs is great in its own way, that’s why the first half of the album is totally stunning and you won’t find yourself skipping a track until you get to about track 10 and cant bear to listen to 'Rock With You' for the hundredth time.

If you own the Michael Jackson 'Number Ones' album then you might want to think twice about getting this album, unless you are a Michael Jackson collector that is, mainly due to the fact that 13 of the songs on this album are also on the 'Number Ones' which means there are 4 tracks on this album that weren’t featured on his 'Number Ones' album and they are 'Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin' which is a song that’s a bit hit or miss, it’s not great but it’s not poor it’s just about listenable. 'Man In The Mirror' is another song that’s featured here but not on the 'Number Ones' album and the song was one of my favourites when growing up, it’s one of the slower Michael Jackson songs but it’s a really powerful song that you can listen to time and time again without getting bored. His duet with Janet Jackson called 'Scream' is also included on the album, the song is okay but I couldn’t listen to it too much as it doesn’t really have that lasting appeal. And the final song that’s on 'King Of Pop' and not his 'Number Ones' collection is 'They Don't Care About Us' now this is one of the later Michael Jackson songs and I think it’s one of the stronger songs he has ever released, I love it and am glad to see many Michael Jackson fans love it too and have helped get it on this 'King Of Pop' album.

For value for money 'King Of Pop' can’t be faulted as long as you don’t own one of the many other Michael Jackson greatest hit style compilation cd’s that are out there, but then again if you are like me you get a greatest hits cd listen to it religiously for a few months and then leave it somewhere to gather dust for years, maybe it’s about time to invest in another or dust down the last Michael Jackson compilation that you bought. Michael Jackson is and always will be the most talented pop star to grace the planet in my opinion, and yes 'King Of Pop' is a bit of a cash in but it is worth every penny if you don’t already own these songs.


Review by Trigger

 Band Members

Michael Jackson (Vocals)
 Track Listing
1. Billie Jean
2. Bad
3. Smooth Criminal
4. Thriller
5. Black Or White
6. Beat It
7. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
8. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
9. The Way You Make Me Feel
10. Rock With You
11. You Are Not Alone
12. Man In The Mirror
13. Remember The Time
14. Scream
15. You Rock My World
16. They Don't Care About Us
17. Earth Song
 Band Related Links
Michael Jackson Myspace
 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?