Michael Jackson’s new album reveals the extent of the superstar singer’s desperation with his life before he died.
Lyrics on the soon-to-be-released album entitled Michael reveals the singer’s anguish over living his live under the media microscope.
“Everywhere you seem to turn there’s a monster. Paparazzi got you scared like a monster…And you’re running just to scape it. But they’re gunning for the money. It’s dragging you down like a monster,” he sings on Monster.
He explores the theme further on Breaking News singing: “The paparazzi will not leave him alone. Reporters stalking the moves of Michael Jackson. Everyone’s wanting a piece of Michael Jackson.”
Jackson, who is widely believed to have suffered from body dysmorphic disorder, also makes reference to his own self loathing in the song: “Just look in the mirror and tell me if you like what you see.”
The album evolved after collaboraters including Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz completed 10 unfinished songs by Jackson.
Michael Jackson: Michael album reviews
Pre release reviews of the album have so far been mixed.
The Sun said: “There are a few tracks worth a listen but most are off-cuts from the dodgy 2001 record Invincible – and it shows…Overall it’s pretty disappointing and not a patch on his era-defining albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.”
The Independent were equally underwhelmed commenting: “A couple of the tracks are so over-produced that, with all the backing vocals, you can barely hear Jackson’s voice. The album is best regarded as a compilation, jumping as it does from Jackson’s gentler anthemic numbers to stomping “Billie Jean”-style tracks, such as the stand-out “Monster”, featuring 50 Cent.
The Mirror however believe Jackson could have a posthumous number one in time for Christmas: “His voice is unmistakable in the majority of tracks, including personal favourites, Monster and Hollywood Tonight. Now the late star, who died aged 50, is odds-on to trounce his rivals from beyond the grave.”
The album Michael will be released on Monday December 13 through Sony.