Michael Jackson
This Is It


2.0
poor

Review

by Jake C. Taylor USER (90 Reviews)
November 10th, 2009 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ‘This is all we could conjure up’.

Save for “This Is It”, a thoughtful poem, and a few pre-recorded demo tapes during the second disc, This Is It itself hardly lives up to its cinematic accompaniment. You have to bear in mind that the album was never truly intended to be an additional greatest hits anthology; 2003’s Number Ones after all was still selling significantly well, and boasted a highly distinguishable (if not better) track list. So is this really it? Epic’s studio rendered compilation of a live recording that ultimately never occurred? Regardless of Michael’s unfortunate and his legacy to today’s standard of the “pop-musician”, the reasoning behind this is blatantly obvious: the passing cash grab, mistakenly disguised through “The music that inspired the movie”. Remarkably it’s all phrased as if This Is It was prospects in the making for Sony-Epic. Has it still only been just five months...?

Genuinely speaking is more so the musical choice, as opposed to the marketing in this case. The mix of compositions here spanning all ’79 to ‘09 chosen to be included in the 50 live performances at The O2 Arena, more or less give off the perception of what Michael anticipated his final farewell on-goers to indulge in, minus all the pyrotechnics, synchronous-dancing and lavishly gifted instrumentalists helming its bow. It’s thoughtful but not overly sincere, nor sentimental, but certainly underwhelming in sum. Unless you have an authentic sounding live EQ preset, 1000 friends copying your call, and Gandalf letting off exuberant fireworks, the bulk of material here is still best found in their original casings, where you may also find hidden gems easily overlooked previously. Worthy of sole-mention, “This Is It” is possibly one of Michael’s most soulful creations ever, made possible by the exhaustive efforts to restore and recapture his vocal elegance during the early 80s. With orchestral strings, click-finger beats and his siblings crooning gracefully behind his vintage lead, the song finalises the first disc with a tangible satisfaction. Thankfully, tangibility in Michael’s case isn’t defined by this excuse for mantelpiece memorabilia.



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Wizard
November 10th 2009


19399 Comments


Very good review.

No surprise that a major record label is profiting off someones death and also shitting all over his legacy. Just sayin'.

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rasputin
November 10th 2009


14544 Comments


obviously this wasn't it

taylormemer
November 10th 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Film is brilliant, this; pathetic excuse for an "audio accompaniment".

Knott-
Emeritus
November 10th 2009


10195 Comments


summary should be "Is this really It?"

Great review.

taylormemer
November 10th 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah, that was my alternate summary. In fact it was the summary until final submission.

ninjuice
November 10th 2009


6760 Comments


Regardless of the Michael’s unfortunate

Typo unless I'm totally reading it wrong.

zarkinfrood42
November 10th 2009


154 Comments


Ahhh, ninjuice beat me to it.

Regardless, this was a pretty good review.

cirq
November 10th 2009


9264 Comments


at least the movie was really good

AtavanHalen
November 21st 2009


17927 Comments


Fuck "This Is It" the song is fucking brilliant

taylormemer
November 21st 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah.

Piglet
November 21st 2009


4654 Comments


yet you reccommended the movie to me

AtavanHalen
November 21st 2009


17927 Comments


The movie is fucking great, I nearly cried in parts

taylormemer
November 21st 2009


4917 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

How many times do I need to say this pig. The movie is great - this is NOT.

Piglet
November 21st 2009


4654 Comments


The movie is fucking great, I nearly cried in parts


ugh and yet you are still well enough alive.



Piglet
November 21st 2009


4654 Comments


How many times do I need to say this pig. The movie is great - this is NOT.

i just have to hope that the soundtrack only acts as a backdrop to a movie, much like elevator music.
Is it still showing? i never got around to seeing it


AtavanHalen
November 21st 2009


17927 Comments


I don't like you much Piglet, I think I'm gonna call you =[

Piglet
November 21st 2009


4654 Comments


I don't like you much Piglet, I think I'm gonna call you =[

dude you live in like wollongong, the land of wool (heads).

qwe3
November 21st 2009


21362 Comments


only just came out over here.

AtavanHalen
November 21st 2009


17927 Comments


=[, I go to university there. And what does my location have to do with anything?

Piglet
November 21st 2009


4654 Comments


just a state-rivarly thing you know? not so much new south wales but victoria eh same difference.



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