Review: Jackson’s Invincible is under-appreciated

Ashton Nanke, Writer

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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.

To listen yourself, visit https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLX0qgdxyjGhRU3nFi5w3u0z05-ql9zzCo

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6 Responses to “Review: Jackson’s Invincible is under-appreciated”

  1. Alecia Patrice Whylie on May 1st, 2017 9:19 pm

    I share the same sentiment. It is a great album. I never get tired of listening to “Break of Dawn” and “Butterflies”. This album showed another side of MJ.

  2. Robyn liviani on May 2nd, 2017 3:05 pm

    He is the genius of our times and will always be no matter what the disrespect he was shown by Sony really saddeneds me he is only good when they Sony can manipulate me no matter what they should have treated him with the same regard as is if the album was Thriller, I would like to know how he feels now that they sold the music publishing rights to Sony since they disrespected him music industry does sell your soul anyway love you Michael and we all miss you rip xx

  3. D Lama on May 2nd, 2017 9:31 pm

    Record companies routinely took advantage of their black artists with many of them dying penniless. Jackson was finally going to leave Sony owning half of Sony. They retaliated by failing to promote “Invincible.” They wanted Jackson’s catalogue which included the Beatles music. Jackson’s attorney also worked for Sony and when he found out Jackson fired him. That attorney, now executor of Jackson’s estate, sold that very catalogue and Jackson’s MIJAC Catalogue to Sony after Jackson died.

  4. Laura on May 4th, 2017 2:24 am

    “If Invincible had been promoted correctly by Sony…” key words not only to understand why this wonderful album is so grossly underestimated, but also why Michael Jackson was killed.

  5. Mayank on May 4th, 2017 10:32 am

    Hate sony ! Michael wanted to make short films for Unbreakable and Threatened oh god just imagine how great it would hav been

  6. Mayank on May 4th, 2017 10:34 am

    Heartbreaker song i think the first dubstep song ever

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Review: Jackson’s Invincible is under-appreciated