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Michael Jackson Essential Review

Compilation. Released 2005.  

BBC Review

Essential kicks off with the unbeatable 'I Want You Back' and thereafter barely...

Chris Jones 2002

It's the year's most inevitable release. Sony have begun the uphill struggle of resuscitating Michael Jackson's post-trial career with a compilation that finally gives people what they want - a proper career overview of Bubble's best friend.

Previous Best Ofs left out his earlier work with his siblings, but disc one of Essential kicks off with the Jackson Five's unbeatable "I Want You Back" and thereafter barely falters. All the hits are here.

It's only with disc two that the cracks begin to show with saccharine clunkers like "Earth Song" and "Heal The World". Still, only a tone deaf chimp could dislike 80 percent of what's on offer here. The revival has started...

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