5.0 out of 5 stars
FORGET WHATS NOT HERE, FOCUS ON THE GOOD STUFF, Aug 27 2004
The cd starts of with "Enjoy Yourself", which is a hot uptempo that showcases the Jacksons at a point where they still showed signs of their Motown roots.
Next comes "Show You The Way To Go". This song has great guitars on it, and Michael's singing is haunting and compelling. A beautiful song.
"Goin' Places" is very original, lyrics-wise. It's fast and very danceable. Makes you want to sing along.
"Find Me A Girl" is sweet and slow, with once again, Michael singing beautifully.
"Blame It On The Boogie" did not receive the success it deserves, in my opinion. It shows tight harmonies from the boys and a good beat.
"Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" is a classic. If you dont know the famous hook, "Lets dance, Lets Shout...Shake Your Body Down to the Ground..." then I may have to ask you where you've been hiding all this time. (LOL)
"Lovely One" is another of my favourite records. A classic example of funky disco at its finest.
"This Place Hotel"...It feels strange calling it that, because for many people, it will always be known as "Heartbreak Hotel". Its sad to me that the title had to be changed just because it shared the title with another song. There are many songs out there with similar titles, but nothing happens there. Art creates itself, and if Michael felt that this song was "Heartbreak Hotel", then thats what I'll call it! The song, it really goes without saying, is wondeful.
"Can You Feel It" ushered in a theme for the Jacksons that has stuck around up until this day, that is, healing the world and bringing everyone together, However, its not a slow, depressing ballad. Instead, it boasts a danceable rhythm.
"Walk Right Now" is a great song. Its quick and final, as it deals with getting rid of a girl who has done something wrong.
Some of the lyrics, "I dont care, what you sayin'...Walk right now, I aint playin'..."
"State of Shock" is a refreshing rock dance song. As always, a la "Beat it" and "Dirty Diana", Michael fuses the rock and dance together excellently.
"2300 Jackson Street" features cameos from Janet and Rebbie Jackson. It also features Jermaine and Michael Jackson, who by this time (1989), had departed as regular members of the group to persue solo careers. But, for this song, they all came together again, and still sounded great.
"Nothin (That Compares 2 U)" also has Jermaine featured. It is a typical, but nonetheless hot, 80's uptempo.
The live version of "Dont Stop Til You Get Enough" is a good way to wrap the album. Many people wonder why one of Michael's solo hits was included on this Jacksons compilation, but thats becuase of the fact that all of the Jacksons were playing the music and singing backroung vocals. I, personally, enjoy hearing Michael live, but I am biased towards anything he does :)
Its cool to hear the girls in the audience scream out when he sings lyrics like, "So get closer, to my body now..." I enjoy it :D