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Invincible
     

Invincible

4.8 146
by Michael Jackson
 

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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

Overview

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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All Music Guide
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646940020
catalogNumber:
69400
Rank:
28415

Related Subjects

Tracks

  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. 146 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
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.
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
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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
I FEEL MICHAEL IS COMING BACK MORE ENERGETIC THAN EVER. I LOVE HIS MUSIC AND HIM. I CRY EVERYTIME I HEAR'HEAVEN CAN WAIT'. IT REMIND OF MY BOYFRIEND. SO TO MICHAEL: YOU GO BOY.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson truly is the King of Pop! No matter what anyone says, he will always be the number artist of all-time! Invincible is an incredible album and shows Michael's depth as an artist. I love this album and love Michael Jackson! Michael I hope you read this so you can contact me!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you liked Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, HIStory-Book 1, and Blood On The Dance Floor, then you'll love Michael's new album. Before its release it was said to be his best yet. I think that it is truly a musical achievement, but doesn't quite beat Thriller. This is definitely a must-have for MJ fans.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant believe it. It is amazing. It is truly amazing. I honestly think that no one can give him a rating of below 4 because if i can listen to at least 8 songs and feel them, then it is a successful CD and i love 12 of the songs, MIKE is back and the cover is TIGHT, TIGHT,TIGHT. He is the true KING OF POP!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this CD! I returned the one I purchased from Barnes & Noble after I realized I had already ordered it somewhere else but I love it. B&N was very nice about my return also. Great customer service!
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
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
MICHAEL IS NOW AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE MAN!!! A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND A STAR THAT EVERYBODY IS TRYING TO CHASE. A TALENT SUCH AS MICHAEL ONLY COMES ALONG ONCE IN A A LIFETIME. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL AND ALWAYS WILL. INVINCIBLE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT A BIGGER HIT THAN EVEN THRILLER. IT DESERVES ITS PLACE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this album is great. Michael is doing his thing. i have much respect for him as an entertainer, he really is the king of pop, rock and soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm truly SPEEHLESS, This is Mike's best album to date.It's really worth all the time and money spent to make it. My best songs from the album are ''speechless'' which I think is the best MJ song ever, ''whatever happens'',''unbreakable'' ''cry'' and ''break a dawn''. I truly believe this going to be the album that broke the thriller record. The King of pop is back and ready to sizzle the charts.
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
Michael Jackson was and he still is the best seller of music.He sold almost 50 million copies of his Thriller album of mid 80's, and other albums did pretty cool.After a long quietness since his last album, released in 1995, History, which infact did not do very well, he has now a new album, which he says that is the last, and I can say that, it's the best in these times.
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
This album is clearly a work of MAGIC. And, of course, Michael Jackson is magic, so that's about right. It's so wonderful. It has a distinctive Jackson sound, but each song is unique and special in it's own way. There are so many songs on this album that are single-worthy! If you've ever listened to Michael Jackson, then you'll definitely want this album because it's one of his best, guarenteed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a master piece!! Michael is back with a super combo of his earlier ''Thriller like'' unique sound, and the current alternative sounds. He has produced a super talnted CD with a great variety of talents including Santana!! This is going to be a classic, one of his greatest works and achievements! Taking his time was ultimately paid off with this super invincible album!! I love him!!
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
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 love Michael's new album it has more of a R&B feel to it than his past albums. Michael and Rodney make a perfect team. The slow cuts such as #5 are incredable. I am very pleased with Invincible. It lets Michael's fans know he is diverse and Multitalented.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wheather or not he proves to be ''Invincible'' in the music industry, he's given himself enough ammo with this album. Plenty of pop-driven tracks that have the energy worthy of his highness, and enough ballads for both pop lovers and r&b lovers like ''Butterflies'' and ''Heaven Can Wait'',which are my favorite tracks. I liked 10 of the 16 tracks on ''Invincible, though ''Speechless'' and ''Cry'' are too much like ''Heal The World'' in tone for me. This CD is solid enough to keep him in the game. Wait! That's right. He is ''THE GAME''
Guest More than 1 year ago
Michael Jackson ROcks - simple!