Invincible

Invincible

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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 theSee more details below

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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Editorial Reviews

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:
6235

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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

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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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