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After a six-year absence from the spotlight, Michael Jackson makes a predictable yet triumphant comeback with the aptly titled Invincible. Several years in the making and reportedly millions of dollars over budget, Invincible is no Thriller, but then again, who expected Jackson to top himself? Instead of reinventing the


After a six-year absence from the spotlight, Michael Jackson makes a predictable yet triumphant comeback with the aptly titled Invincible. Several years in the making and reportedly millions of dollars over budget, Invincible is no Thriller, but then again, who expected Jackson to top himself? Instead of reinventing the wheel, Jackson and his hit-squad production team (Rodney Jerkins, Teddy Riley, R. Kelly, and others) take an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it approach to the disc. Thus, Invincible showcases Jackson's trademark staccato and falsetto-accented vocal style, which is in fine form, particularly on the toe-tapping, piano-driven first single, "You Rock My World" and the lush ballad "Butterflies." Musically, Invincible leans heavily on Jerkins, whose ace production has recharged the careers of Brandy, the Spice Girls, and Whitney Houston, and whose radio-friendly, stuttered beat patterns permeate seven tracks, including the aforementioned "You Rock My World." The album would have sounded more cutting edge, however, if Jackson had called upon hip-hop visionaries such as Timbaland and the Neptunes (Dr. Dre reportedly declined to work on the disc). But what he lacks in innovation, Jacko compensates for with his charismatic vocals and catchy, sing-along lyrics, some of which reflect an age-appropriate maturity -- or at least the growth of his sexual appetite. On "Break of Dawn," a euphoric Jackson exclaims over a quiet storm groove that he won't stop making love til' the break of dawn. Well, sham-on, Mike. And as if a posthumous rap by the Notorious B.I.G. on the energetic "Unbreakable" weren't enough, M.J. recruited rejuvenated hitmaker Carlos Santana for a spicy guitar solo on the Latin-tinged "Whatever Happens." But Jackson needn't worry. Invincible has plenty of chart-topping potential. After all, as he barks on "Unbreakable," "you'll never break me." And coming from a man who has experienced equal shares of superstardom and scandal, truer words were never spoken.

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The question for a 42-year-old Michael Jackson heading toward the end of 2001 was whether or not the self-proclaimed King of Pop could make his presence known on the charts after having spent much of the '90s lAying low. If the chart-topping position achieved by Invincible is any indication, then the answer is a resounding yes. The album is primarily produced by Jersey wunderkind Rodney Jerkins, and Jacko wasted no time tapping other top-flight artists, knob-twirlers, and featured guests to help out, including Teddy Riley, Babyface, R. Kelly, the Notorious B.I.G., and Carlos Santana. Although MJ stops long enough to take a swipe at yellow journalists everywhere with "Privacy," he truly shines on "The Lost Children," a sweeping ode to his young fans everywhere.

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  1. Unbreakable
  2. Heartbreaker
  3. Invincible
  4. Break of Dawn
  5. Heaven Can Wait
  6. You Rock My World
  7. Butterflies
  8. Speechless
  9. 2000 Watts
  10. Shout
  11. Don't Walk Away
  12. Privacy
  13. Cry
  14. The Lost Children
  15. Whatever Happens
  16. Threatened

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Jackson   Primary Artist,Conductor,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Sandra Crouch   Vocals
Babyface   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jeremy Lubbock   Conductor
Michael Thompson   Guitar
Howard McCrary   Vocals
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Maxi Anderson   Vocals
Andraé Crouch   Vocals
Gloria Augustus   Vocals
Tom Bahler   Choir, Chorus
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Brad Buxer   Keyboards
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Valerie Doby   Vocals
Kevin Dorsey   Vocals
Freeze   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Nathan East   Bass
Voncielle Faggett   Vocals
Lynn Fiddmont   Choir, Chorus
Kirstin Fife   Violin
Justine Hall   Choir, Chorus
Scottie Haskell   Choir, Chorus
Luana Jackman   Choir, Chorus
Angela Johnson   Vocals
Peter Kent   Violin
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Michael Landau   Guitar
Melissa MacKay   Choir, Chorus
Sam McCrary   Vocals
Linda McCrary-Campbell   Vocals
Mischke   Background Vocals
Kristle Murden   Vocals
Teddy Riley   Multi Instruments,Digital Drums
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Sally Stevens   Choir, Chorus
Yvonne Williams   Vocals
John Wittenberg   Violin
Brandy   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rodney Jerkins   Multi Instruments
Rob Lorentz   Violin
Thomas Tally   Viola
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
Novi Novog   Viola
Ron Taylor   Vocals
Rick Williams   Guitar
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Soloist
Stuart Brawley   Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument),Soloist
Judy Gossett   Vocals
Kristin Fife   Violin
Nora Payne   Background Vocals
Emanuel Baker   Drums
LaShawn Daniels   Background Vocals
Edie Lehmann Boddicker   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Walton   Choir, Chorus
Richard Stites   Background Vocals
Jason Edmonds   Choir, Chorus
Harold Green   Vocals
Marsha Ambrosius   Background Vocals
Matt Cappy   Horn
Tim Fulford Brown   Vocals
Gerald Hayword   Drums
Patrice Morris   Vocals
Mario Vasquez   Background Vocals
Sue Merriett   Vocals
Late Great Daniel Johnson   Vocals
Robin Lorentz   Violin
Brandon Lucas   Choir, Chorus
Zandra Williams   Vocals
Brett Tattersol   Choir, Chorus
Andrew Snyder   Choir, Chorus
Alice Jean McRath   Vocals
Ricky Lucchse   Choir, Chorus
Jonathon Lucas   Choir, Chorus
James Lively   Choir, Chorus
Laquentan Jordan   Vocals
Zaneta M. Johnson   Vocals
Tenika Johns   Vocals
Prince Jackson   Narrator
Tabia Ivery   Choir, Chorus
Micha Haupman   Choir, Chorus
Robert Bolyard   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Babyface   Producer,drum programming
Michael Jackson   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Jeremy Lubbock   Arranger,Orchestral Arrangements
Bill Meyers   Arranger
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Choir Arrangement
Brad Buxer   Programming,Engineer,drum programming
David Campbell   Arranger
Gil Cang   Composer
David Coleman   Art Direction
David Daoud Coleman   Art Direction
Freeze   Producer
Jon Gass   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Mick Guzauski   Engineer
Jean-Marie Horvat   Engineer
George Mayers   Engineer
Bill Meyer   Arranger
Teddy Riley   Producer
Bruce Swedien   Engineer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Rodney Jerkins   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Mike Ging   Engineer
Dexter Simmons   Engineer
Stuart Brawley   Engineer
Chris Tucker   Introduction
Andre Harris   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Andreao "Fanatic" Heard   Producer
Richard Stites   Producer
Uri Geller   Illustrations
Adam Owett   Art Direction
Paul F. Cruz   Engineer
Steven Hankinson   Cover Design
Jeff Taylor   Remixing
Michael Prince   Engineer
David Paul Campbell   String Arrangements

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Invincible 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 145 reviews.
gron4u More than 1 year ago
I may be the first to write a review after MICHAEL JACKSON'S death.It really bothers me that this world has really gone to the jugular to try to destroy all of the people who are famous and are sincerely abide in TRUE LOVE.This world is not capable of accepting that a man can have so great of a need for abiding in the comfort of childhood.....something that he never was allowed to live out when he was biologically a child.Everything was thrust at Michael Jackson at the wrong time in his chronologic development.It is no wonder that he lived in a bubble world of fantasy.....of the simple childlike innocence.I do not believe that Michael Jackson was capable of doing the sick things he was accused of.Yes, he was considered eccentric. Yes,he did things that were not wise ,like hold his baby over the rail.He was a twisted individual who did not know how to exist in a "normal" world. I am the father of a mentally handicapped from birth manchild.I understand how it is/was for Michael Jackson in this judgmental world. My son has the same struggles. There is no hiding place for those that are childlike in an adult body.The world is a cruel place to exist when you do not quite measure up to the standards of people who have no right to judge anyone in the first place. Yet it seems that is all this society has time for is double standards for race ,gender,sexual preference,occupation ,nationality....whatever is not the so called standard of acceptance. This country is SICK and has been for some time. We have vilified Muhammad Ali and later praised him.We did the same thing to Nelson Mandela.This is the same attitude that made the crowd willing to free Barrabas and crucify Jesus Christ.WE CRUCIFY OUR CELEBRITIES AND HAVE NO REMORSE THAT IS GOING TO LAST MORE THAN 30 DAYS.WE ARE A MAD SOCIETY ! Yes, this is supposed to be a review for a music CD.Michael Jacson is dead now and all of the foul jokes and the pressures of celebrity helped to kill him.The real Michael Jackson,because he looked at life and love through the eyes of a child,knew more about what Jesus and Muhammad teach about coming to God as innocent as a child.Rest in PEACE, MICHAEL. This world loves you....even though it still needs the lessons you tried to teach them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
need i say more...MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!! i'm really pleased with this cd and i am only 17 the songs heartbreaker, break of dawn, you rock my world, butterflies and my favorite song by him besides "in the closet" and "bad" HEAVEN CAN WAIT once you here that track it's over seriously the song is very underminded
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fact that the detractors will/can only compare Invincible to Michael Jackson's other works speak volumes about both Mr. Jackson and his "reviewers". Intentional or not, they only prove what's already known. He is an artist without equal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can't hate on this wonderous album, I'm sorry you just can't. Yeah it's not Thriller but guess what? It's not supposed to be. This album when it came out was very underrated and Sony didn't do right by it with all the "big advertisement" they showed it. It was underrated then and it is now. This album is amazing, MJ proves he can keep up with the times like no other artist, every song is a 5/5. If you really listen to the songs and let the message sink in, you'll like it. However if you're not so much into old modern music then I suggest you keep listening to the "classic" such as Thriller and Bad, really though, this album should really be up there on the list like his other previous albums, the fact that it's not stuns the hell out of me because this album is gold and nothing less. He may not could have topped himself, but if the late and great Michael Jackson couldn't, who could right? Please get this album and actually listen to it!! :D
Guest More than 1 year ago
micheal is the king of pop and always will be. Ilove is music his dancin and of course him hiself. keep it up
Guest More than 1 year ago
No doubt, Michael is the true King of Pop. I have listened three songs from his new album and I'm glad to say that ''King of Pop is back''
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the the first two singles, YOu Rock my World and Buterflies. Has the definite old Micheal feel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievable some would say ... I think not! He's done it again! Yes, indeed Michael Jackson is back and invincible! I'll buy the cd without hearing another airplay! I believe he will break some record sales (US & internationally) and hopefully sweep some awards later on. Congrats & welcome back is all that need be said. The remixes are hot! He sounds like he's having fun! I heard ''You Rock My World'' in NYC and it made you want to dance! Chris Tucker is hilarious! Shamoon -shamoon! lol
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for this CD to be released!! People are always making fun of Micheal in between albums but when he has a new single everyone gets quiet...I love Rock My World and his new single Butterflies...He is the best and if it were not for him there would be no USHER, Ginuwine, SISQO and on and on...
Guest More than 1 year ago
micheal has really came back to reality this s--- is hot so get it i have it
Guest More than 1 year ago
After years of whetting our appetite for his music, I must say that the wait is over and worth the wait indeed! Invincible, although not to the standard of Thriller or Off the Wall, is a retro to what made Michael Jackson a Mega star in the first place. Butterflies, Break of Dawn, You Rock My World, Heaven Can Wait, and Whatever Happens showcase Michael's vocal strength that is second to none as far as male vocal is concerned in the Music business - R&B genere for that matter. Threatened, Privacy, Heartbreaker, and Unbreakable are nice dance tunes that will gradually grow on fans as the years go by. Overall, Invincible is a great album to shows a musical genius and legend, who is great at his craftmanship!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the chance to listen to this album. Believe me, there are some great songs on it ... and the other songs are nothing more than masterpieces !!! Oh my God ... the King of Pop is back, stronger tahn ever !
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is fantastic. Songs like 2000 watts, Unbreakable, Speechless are masterpieces. MJ's back in a big way. Definitly a must have. ENJOY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i want to preface this review by sayin' that i've never been a die-hard fan of michael jackson, not even a lukewarm or fairweather fan. but i do admire and respect his love for what he does, as well as the attention he pays to each and every track he has performed on all of his releases. the trend continues here in grand fashion on ''invincible''. tracks like '''', ''whatever happens'', ''butterflies'' & ''heartbreaker'' are among my favourites, but there isn't a a cut on here that doesn't boast tight musical production and superb crystal-clear vocal work. 16 selections, no filler - THAT'S what you buy a cd for (or at least, what I buy one for). they say that michael is back? hmmph - i daresay he even LEFT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael has taken a lot of heat the last couple of years, actually longer than that, but his music speaks for its self. Out of the 16 songs there are only 1 or 2 that are kinda weak, the rest are bangin'...Chum on Michael! Chum on! MJ fans will not be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Micheal will always be the best. For every album he drops its always his best. Micheal never gives his fans garbage and he will never expect his fans to fail him. So, Micheal continue to be who you are ''The King of Pop'' Because your bad,your bad and you know it. Tell this to the whole wide world who's bad. MICHEAL JACKSON!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
No matter what kind of music you listen to, Michael has a couple of tracks on this album for everyone. Using a mixture of contemporary beats, soulful melodies, strong, emotional lyrics, and even some good rap verses (don't worry, Michael isn't rapping), Michael proves that he is still the King of Pop and that he can hang strong along today's artists. If you like music, you'll like this album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being that I have absolutly loved Michael Jackson since age 5 in 1983, you'd think I would love ''Invincible'' huh? Well your right. But just because I am a true fan of this absolutly amazing man, does NOT mean I am giving this album 5 stars because of the name of the artist. I previewed the entire album at and I was truly blown away! I know Michael Jackson is always ''actioned packed'' with entertainment, but this new album is personally just as good as the biggest selling album of all time, Thriller.... possibly even better!! Michael has a new sound that EVERYONE will fall for. Once again, the king of pop has done it again! YOU GO BOY! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
He's back, he's black, and he's ready to mack...It's Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, and his new album is awesome!!! Rock my World, and Cry are the best. However the downfall that keeps it from 5 is the fact that a couple of the songs are a little too focused toward kids, like watt 2000.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having heard around 80% of the album already, I can say that this album is an album that is definately worth buying. The production on this album is great and Michael's voice sounds as good as ever. The more you listen to the songs, the better they get. I can't wait to get it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rarely are we privileged these days to buy an album and be able to listen from start to finish with nearly 100% enjoyment. As we all know, Michael Jackson has created a few such masterpieces in his time which live up to this unbelievable standard. In my view (a real music enthusiast), Invincible is worthy of joining Thriller and Off-the-Wall. I can only imagine if all of us across the world didn't have such high expectations for Jacko and he was new on the scene with this one - it would hands down be the record breaking days of Thriller all over again!! Despite where this album ends up on the charts, lovers of smooth R&B and dance will find pure enjoyment and groove in this 16 track masterpiece!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard some songs from this album and they are incredible. Michael has definetly created a new sound on this album. The King of Pop is back and better than ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, Is what i realy want to say, i rate this album as his best so far, after 6 years of not much happening i have never scene such a come back, Micheal should be duely credited, for this masterpeace, Look forward to the next album
Guest More than 1 year ago
the sounds are just not like anything of todays music. finaly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is definitely the greatest and the best album made in the history of music, cheers to micheal jackson