“MICHAEL” review

I finally got my copy of MICHAEL, and I am surprisingly impressed.  For all the haters and doubters out there, I gotta say, give it a chance, really… it’s a VERY good album!  You would be missing out if you don’t get this one.  It would be hard for me to say it is better than Invincible, since MJ actually had final say on that one, but it’s a great collection of songs.  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually think the Estate did a good job of re-creating a Michael Jackson album.  As a full product, it actually feels like an MJ album, not a conglomeration of sounds and remixes like what I was expecting. 

 

HOLD MY HAND:  good, not great.  Tough song to like too much for me since it sounds more like an Akon song featuring a little MJ thrown in here and there.  Michael only really sings lead on 30 seconds of the whole song.  But it’s a great video! 

HOLLYWOOD TONIGHT:  Definitely a highlight!  The way the track is built musically it has a very retro Billie Jean feel, smooth bass line built upon.  Got a killer verse vocal.  The bridge from Taj is a little obscure, but nice to see him on a track with his Uncle again.  My second favorite song! 

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP:  This is a tough track for me.  Not a highlight.  Kinda has a “Don’t Walk Away” or “You are my Life” feel to it, not great tracks but decent.  Producer did a good job with backing track, but vocals are little questionable to me.  Only way I can resolve the vocals is to decide that in his older age MJ’s vibrato changed, or else was trying new things.  But then again, why did it not sound like that on This Is It?  

(I Like) THE WAY YOU LOVE ME:  I was really hoping for a much different version than the original from The Ultimate Collection.  This seemed like a very odd addition to a ‘new’ album.  This felt like a remix, and at the end I think I like the original better.  It’s not bad, and the voice-mail is nice, but there are obviously more unreleased tracks that could have been chosen for an already dinky 10-track album. 

MONSTER:  My favorite song on the album.  This is classic!  Love the groove.  I even like 50 Cents rap.  This feels very complete with all the MJ adlibs at the end.  Definitely a great addition to the Thriller/Ghosts/Threatened/Is It Scary legacy. 

BEST OF JOY:  Not overwhelmed by this track, but a great addition to get to hear MJ’s last song and recording. 

BREAKING NEWS:  This is the lowlight of this album.  I still like the groove and backing track, but the vocals and even lyrics are both very odd for MJ.  It takes quite a bit of stretching to think I can even hear MJ in there.   

(I Can’t Make It) ANOTHER DAY:  Very good track.  This song kicks butt.  I think Lenny and Dave Grohl did a great job on the backing, and MJ’s vocals are striking, very ‘Dirty Diana’ and ‘Give In To Me’, LOVE it!  A great rock track. 

BEHIND THE MASK:  Heard great things about it, loved it as well.  Sounded very updated for nowadays sounds vs. when it was recorded back in the 80s.  Not sure about the crowd sounds addition, but didn’t hinder it too bad.  Very unique track.  Couldn’t see it as a single, but a VERY good album track. 

MUCH TOO SOON:  Very well done.  Beautiful backing track.  Awesome very clear Thriller-era vocals brought current again.  I don’t think an average listener would even know the last 2 songs were from the early 80s.   

 

Overall I would probably put the MICHAEL album at 4 out of 5 stars.  In comparison to Invincible at 4.5/5 and Dangerous at 5/5.

2010 Year-in-Review

2010 was another landmark year for TMG Productions.  On April 28th, TMG Productions ventured back into the concert promotion department and  sponsored a full-fledged tour stop of Superchick’s Alive Tour featuring John Reuben, Bread of Stone, and Luminate at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.  TMG has previously promoted shows by Phil Joel (newsboys) and Supertones.  Opening act on the Phil Joel tour was unknown 16-year-old Katy Hudson, who later went on to be known as Katy Perry!  

In May, the GBs released their first full-length film since 2006’s “Extraordinary”, a mockumentary looking at ghost hunters in the Michiana area called “Buck and Drake: The Search for Spooks.”  The film followed two ghost-hunting friends on a day-long tour of actual haunted locations in the area.  Including a cameo from the actual Indiana Paranormal Society, the film premiered at the downtown South Bend library, and is available for purchase at the official TMG Shop.  The GBs are planning a sequel for 2011. 

Also in May, Tim & Marcy as UNITY unveiled the music video for the song “You Can’t Steal My Joy”, the second single from a forthcoming full-length CD coming May of 2011.   

On June 30th, the Gilleand Brothers reunited for their first short film in several years, an all-original suspenseful piece called “Comatose”, the brothers went on to screen this short at two area film festivals this year with more screenings planned for next year. 

In August, Tim & Marcy welcomed their third child Elijah into the world weighing 7lb 12oz. 

In September, the GBs unveiled a secret project they had been working on for a couple years.  Explore the White House is a full 3D computer-generated rendering of the most famous house in the land.  Created with the concept of using it for educational materials such as a CD-Rom, interactive DVD tour, and more.  The website unveiled several screenshots of development. 

Also in September, Tim virtually reunited his high school alternative band Driver Paul online through Facebook.  The new fan page reunited members, friends, and fans to peruse old pictures and video as well as three recently completed unreleased recordings.  Tim took three lost unfinished studio recordings, added new vocals and instruments to create a true virtual reunion. 

To round out the year, and celebrate the holiday – Tim, Marcy, and fam re-released their previous two Christmas CDs as well as a brand new “Christmas 2010” CD online for all their family, friends, and fans to enjoy.  The album included the new song for their son “Elijah”, as well two new originals from Marcy and Michael’s rendition of “All I Want for Christmas”. 

As 2010 comes to a close, we here at TMG Productions continue to be thankful for the talents we are able to share with you.  We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TMG presents true unreleased MJ collection

http://www.tmgproductions.net/MJ

There has been a lot of fans upset in the Michael Jackson community lately over songs coming out on the “new” posthumous album MICHAEL that seem to not be MJ on lead vocals.  Many fans wonder why Sony would decide to include these skeptical tracks when so many good legit tracks exist.  This new site feature is a sampling of 18 true unreleased MJ hidden gems including an exclusive video to a manipulated live version of “Blue Gangsta”.