I got to hear an advanced promo copy of this album today and I was shocked at how well this came together. All tracks sound like Michael to me and there are so many killer songs on this CD!
Breaking News is different to the promo version, it's definitely Michael with the clearer vocals, even if the song itself is one of the weaker tracks.
Hold My Hand is the first single, a great ballad with a funky rhythm and true Michael message.
Hollywood Tonight is the song of the album. It's catchy, fast paced and a classic MJ style hit. Expect plenty of MJ beat-boxing and plenty of rock.
Keep Your Head Up is a power ballad that tells a simple story in Michael's crispy clear voice with a great chorus choir hook.
The Way You Love Me starts off with Michael talking on a cell phone about how the song should sound which then fades into the actual song, which is a weaker ballad than the other two three on this album but still a great tune.
Monster is the biggest surprise of the album. With so many versions leaked it was hard to know what to expect. Well, we got a hardcore rock beat, which superb lyrics that fit Michael perfectly. Fiddy's rap is a bit pointless, but it bulks out the song.
Best Of Joy is a great ballad that sounds very like a track from the Invincible album. It's slow but with a beat which keeps it upbeat.
Another Day is a great rock tune but the sole problem is it's the one track that seems to lack the MJ factor, and sounds more like the featured artist Lenny Kravitz's style.
Behind The Mask is an amazing song with live elements from the Dangerous Tour which really give depth to the song as Michael's vocals reign out. The tune is catchy and this rivals Hollywood Tonight for best track.
Much Too Soon is the best ballad from Michael Jackson since You Are Not Alone. It proves less is more as a stripped down vocal performance from Michael angelically tells the story a lost love.
All in all, beyond all the drama that's surrounded Michael Jackson and this album in particular, it's a great piece of art with songs that will appeal to both the hardcore fans and the masses who like genuinely good music.