Michael Jackson's double-disc HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I is a monumental achievement of ego. Titled "HIStory Begins, " the first disc is a collection of his post-Motown hits, featuring some of the greatest music in pop history, including "Billie Jean, " "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, " "Beat It, " and "Rock with You." It leaves some hits out -- including the number ones "Say Say Say" and "Dirty Diana" -- yet it's filled with enough prime material to be thoroughly intoxicating. That can't be said for the second disc, called "HIStory Continues" and consisting entirely of new material -- which also happens to be the first material he released since being accused of child molestation. "HIStory Continues" is easily the most personal album Jackson has recorded. References to the scandal permeate almost every song, creating a thick atmosphere of paranoia. If Jackson's music had been the equal of Thriller or Bad, the nervous, vindictive lyrics wouldn't have been quite as overbearing. However, "HIStory Continues" reiterates musical ideas Jackson had been exploring since Bad. Jackson certainly tries to stay contemporary, yet he has a tendency to smooth out all of his rougher musical edges with show-biz schmaltz. Occasionally, Jackson produces some well-crafted pop that ranks with his best material: R. Kelly's "You Are Not Alone" is seductive, "Scream" improves on the slamming beats of his earlier single "Jam, " and "Stranger in Moscow" is one of his most haunting ballads. Nevertheless, "HIStory Continues" stands as his weakest album since the mid-'70s.
Remembering Michael Jackson in Videogames2009-06-26 12:04:43 by ravenze
By Tracey John
Though the debate will likely continue to rage about Michael Jacksons bizarre life and behavior, few can argue his lasting legacy in music and pervasiveness in pop culture, including videogames.
Jackson died at 50 yesterday following a coma brought on by a heart attack. He was reported to have a new game title in the works for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Wii this year, developed and published by MJJ Productions.
With the future of the virtual Michael Jackson up in the air, Game|Life takes a look at his previous videogame appearances to remember the King of Pop
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History - Past, Present And Future - Book I
Digital Music Album (Epic)