Xscape

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Underneath it all, underneath all the keyboards and programmed rhythms designed to bring the music on Xscape into the 21st century, is this simple fact: the lead single, "Love Never Felt So Good," was co-written by Paul Anka, a superstar of another era who never quite made his presence known in the new millennium. Jackson didn't care. MJ loved old show biz and songcraft in equal measure and that love can be heard on "Love Never Felt So Good," along with the other seven songs on XSCAPE. Only the second major posthumous release in his catalog -- he passed in 2009 on the eve of an orchestrated comeback -- Xscape delves deep into that past, excavating songs that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Underneath it all, underneath all the keyboards and programmed rhythms designed to bring the music on Xscape into the 21st century, is this simple fact: the lead single, "Love Never Felt So Good," was co-written by Paul Anka, a superstar of another era who never quite made his presence known in the new millennium. Jackson didn't care. MJ loved old show biz and songcraft in equal measure and that love can be heard on "Love Never Felt So Good," along with the other seven songs on XSCAPE. Only the second major posthumous release in his catalog -- he passed in 2009 on the eve of an orchestrated comeback -- Xscape delves deep into that past, excavating songs that have been languishing in the vaults for various reasons since at least 1983 or perhaps later. Exact dates aren't published because Xscape isn't meant to be an archival release, it's designed to push Jackson back onto the charts, which means "Love Never Felt So Good" is constructed as a duet with Justin Timberlake, who is as eager as a puppy to sing with his idol. That he's not really trading lines with MJ doesn't matter; his presence is endorsement, ensuring chart attention which it might not have received. The deluxe edition of Xscape contains the original demos of the eight songs on this album -- it's a short record by any measure -- and, ultimately, these are fascinating in a way the finished tracks aren't; these spare voice and keyboard sketches are nevertheless full-bodied, so it's possible to imagine how the songs would've fit on Bad, Dangerous, or Invincible. Often, the demos reveal how strong Jackson's songwriting is -- they're so flexible, they could withstand any number of arrangements, which is why "Love Never Felt So Good" is so instructive. In its original voice-and-piano arrangement it's possible to hear its glitzy show biz roots via Anka, but the production -- supervised by L.A. Reid and Timbaland -- is clever, accentuating Off the Wall while being spare and clean enough to sound modern. This is especially true of the version of "Love," which is a duet with Justin Timberlake -- the show biz kid is happy to create an illusion -- but the entire affair is savvier than 2010's Michael, which was caught between the twilight of sentiment and commerce. Xscape considers Jackson's legacy quite carefully, deciding to emphasize the splashy soul and diluted disco of Off the Wall over the triumphant Thriller or any of the calculated records that followed in its wake. If he had lived, Jackson likely wouldn't have followed this path -- everything from Bad and beyond showed he was acutely aware of pop trends, often to his detriment (he'd hold himself back instead of engage) -- but that's also the appeal of Xscape. Timbaland and Reid evoke the Michael Jackson we all love and miss, finding songs that are worthy and giving them arrangements that are simultaneously nostalgic and modern. It's a difficult trick to pull off but they largely succeed, so Xscape is a worthy and memorable coda to Jackson's career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2014
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 888430536623
  • Catalog Number: 305366
  • Sales rank: 2,516

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Jackson Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Paul Anka Piano
Jeroen DeRijk Percussion
Jerry Hey Horn, Leader
Wim Kok Violin
Erica Miller Violin
David Williams Guitar, Soloist
Arlia de Ruiter Violin
Emma Kummrow Violin
Mark Ward Cello
Marcel Schimscheimer Bass
LaShawn Daniels Background Vocals
Mieke Honingh Violin
Ranaan L. Meyer Bass
Julia Jowett Violin
Arend Liefkes Bass
Herman Van Haaren Violin
Bastiaan Van Der Werf Cello
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Sarah Koch Violin
Norman Jansen Violin
Annie Tangberg Cello
Giorgio Tuinfort Piano
David Barnett Viola
Vera Laporeva Violin
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Mo'Horns Horn
Dan Warner Guitar
Tamae Lee Violin
Michelle Bishop Violin
Eliza Cho Violin
Jesús Morales Cello
Vera Van Der Bie Violin
Franck Van Der Heijden Conductor
Kevin Hissink Guitar
Carlos Rubio Violin
Elisabeth Liefkes-Cats Violin
Davis Barnett Viola
Renee Warnick Viola
Charles Parker Violin
Pauline Terlouw Violin
Jonathan Kim Viola
Dayna Anderson Violin
Fredrik Strand Holland Guitar
David Peijnenburg Violin
Blake Espy Violin
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer, Producer
Babyface Composer, Vocal Producer
Michael Jackson Composer, Producer, Vocal Producer
Dewey Bunnell Composer
Jeff Chestek Engineer
Dr. Freeze Composer, Vocal Producer
Larry Gold String Arrangements
Michael Kane Accounting
L.A. Reid Composer, Vocal Producer
Daryl Simmons Composer
John McClain Producer, Executive Producer, Management
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Producer
Rodney Jerkins Composer, Engineer
Jim Bates Public Relations
Kevin Roberson Composer
Timbaland Producer, Executive Producer
Mike Donaldson Engineer, Vocal Editing
Jay Krugman Marketing
Chris Godbey Engineer
Stargate Producer
LaShawn Daniels Composer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III Composer
Mat Maitland Art Direction, Images
Heath Kudler Music Business Affairs
Paul Power Engineer
Scott Seviour Marketing
Daniel Jones Producer
Giorgio Tuinfort Producer, drum programming
Brandon Jones Engineer
David Byrnes Legal Counsel
John Branca Executive Producer, Management
Fuko Chubachi Art Direction
Franck Van Der Heijden Orchestral Arrangements
King Solomon Logan Producer
Demacio "Demo" Castellon Engineer
Brian "Big Bass" Gardner Mastering
Cory Rooney Composer, Vocal Producer
Diana Baron Publicity, Public Relations
Rutger "Ruffi" Kroese drum programming
Antonio "L.A." Reid Producer
Tor Hermansen Instrumentation
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins Producer, Vocal Producer
Mikkel S. Eriksen Engineer, Instrumentation
Daniela Rivera Engineer
Greg Morgan Sound Design
Stephanie Yu Music Business Affairs
Karen Langford Legal Counsel
Lauren Ceradini Publicity
Scott Carter Marketing
Perry Jimenez Engineer
Joel "Roosevelt" Katz Legal Counsel
Howard Weitzman Legal Counsel
Mike Sitrick Public Relations
Alla Benyatov Marketing
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