‘Invincible’ King Reclaims His Throne

Talin Malekian
El Vaquero Staff Writer

Michael Jackson’s new album “Invincible” demonstrates what the performer has achieved as a compelling artist despite the harsh challenges he has faced both in his life and career.

The highly anticipated album takes an obvious turn from Jackson’s “Blood on the Dance Floor: History in the Mix” by settling on more grounded, upbeat, and pleasant moods. However, the diversion doesn’t lessen his “Cry” for world peace as articulated in a song co-produced by R. Kelly.

The album once again reminds us of Jackson’s need for “Privacy.” In low, scratchy tones he criticizes and blames the “paparazzi” for “snatching” one of his friends, Princess Diana, away. However, his proactive songs come second, in terms of sequential order, to his New Jack Swing hits featuring rap segments. The album starts with “Unbreakable,” dropping a thumping bass line, which is an open invitation for those who can’t resist dancing to a great beat.

Biggie’s surprising rap segment tops off Jackson’s hip-hop creation with class. The song conveys a bold message parallel to the album’s title, as if granting listeners the permission to enjoy the rest of his work once he warns them “Don’t you ever make no mistake baby; I’ve go what it takes.”

Indeed, Jackson’s ability to keep up with what is popular, new, and in demand enables him to adapt to the latest styles and alter his music accordingly. This advantage however, does not detract a single note from his trademark style, which is apparent throughout the album. His efforts toward adding new spice to his recipe for great music include much collaboration with other famous artists.
Chris Tucker, for one, adds humor in the intro to “You Rock My World,” which is the album’s first single. Jackson incorporates popular jargon into this track, while describing an attractive female as “bangin’,” complementing the song’s hip-hop style. The lyrics, however, sustain Jackson’s charm in wooing women as seen before in his musical scenarios.

Aside from six upbeat songs, the rest of the album focuses on slow sentimental and personally powerful ballads. These verses are evidence of the singer’s staying in touch with what inspires his music and not conforming to the world’s expectations. Carlos Santana also collaborates on a Western Latin-based ballad with a background orchestra that adds another creative piece to the multifaceted collection.

The album altogether shows off the artist’s talents through lyrics and instrumental beats.

The message of this album is broken down among the many songs communicating deep humanistic feelings.