Michael Jackson

The Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite

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The first posthumous release not already in the pipeline at the time of Michael Jackson's death, The Remix Suite is a rather garish attempt to usher classic Motown recordings into the future. Motown recruited a notable crew of producers -- including Pharrell Williams, Tricky Stewart, Frankie Knuckles, Paul Oakenfold, Akon, DJ Cassidy, and Steve Aoki -- to tweak and rework hits by the Jackson 5 and Michael, letting them take the songs whichever way they wish, directions that usually amount to stripping away good portions of the original track, sometimes significantly altering the original feel and intention. That's all well and good -- that's the nature of these things -- but there remains a startling disconnect between the boundless joy of the original vocal tracks and these stiffly funky remixes; they never seem to exist in the same world. Not an atrocity, but not necessary and certainly not something that would exist if Jackson was still around.

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