Review: Jackson’s Invincible is under-appreciated

Ashton Nanke, Writer

Invincible is the final studio album released by American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson, released in October 2001, a day before Halloween.

When people hear the name Michael Jackson, they immediately think of his hit 1983 album Thriller, which went on to become the best-selling music album of all time, and still is to this day.

However, I believe Invincible is not only underappreciated, but better than Thriller itself.

Invincible contains 16 songs, which all together last 77 minutes. The mood of the album changes throughout, starting with the hard hitting “Unbreakable”, which transitions to the dubstep-like “Heartbreaker”.

Two of these fast paces songs later, we get a very smooth ballad by the name of “Break of Dawn”. From there, it is a lot of sweet, smooth sounding songs. It builds up again at the song titled “2000 Watts”, which features Michael using his much lower register.

The next track is one who wrote for his, at the time, two children titled “You Are My Life”. The next title is “Privacy”, a very hard, rock-style song about a man (presumably Michael) pleading for privacy from the media and paparazzi.

The album closes after a few more songs, with the final track being “Threatened”, which I consider to be a sort of Thriller sequel. It has a “rap” composed of sound clips of Rod Serling from The Twilight Zone. Three of these songs include rap verses from The Notorious B.I.G. and Fats.

If Invincible had been promoted correctly by Sony, I believe it could have very well outsold Michael’s other work, such as his albums Blood on the Dance Floor (1997), and possibly HIStory (1995). Invincible‘s songs, with a great build-up and slow speed-down, with the momentum building back up, makes it an amazing album that is definitely worth buying.

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