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If you’re more anxious than excited to tap play on a posthumous album—let alone a posthumous album from an icon, a childhood hero—your instincts are probably correct. Look no further than the fallen King of Pop’s first vault excavation, 2010’s Michael, for an exercise in “contemporizing” (barf) original demos, half-finished potential classics and outtakes that fall flat and are, at best, forgettable and, at worst, a slash at the shins of a great legacy.
The announcement of the album was full of unfortunate portent: There was the kind of dumb title (Xscape), the fact that it would consist of unfinished tracks “contemporized” by producers like Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins, the rumor that it would contain a song called “Do You Know Where Your Children Are?” that is about child prostitution — and the fact that most of the stuff that made it onto Jackson’s latter-day albums weren't all that great (so how good could the leftovers be)?