Friday, May 2, 2014

Michael Jackson's new but also 31-year-old single is actually quite good

Hey! And indeed Presto!

Here's the new-old Michael Jackson single Love Never Felt So Good. Originally recorded with Paul Anka (ask your dad) in 1983 (again, ask your dad) it's been given a fresh lick of paint by Timbaland and Justin Timberlake.

Amazingly, they've resisted the temptation to turn it into a snoozeworthy 14-minute "jam". Top marks for getting the cowbells from Don't Stop Til You Get Enough out of the retirement home.

Michael Jackson - Love Never Felt So Good (ft Justin Timberlake)

Love Never Felt So Good is taken from a new album of songs that didn't meet Jackson's quality threshold undiscovered gems, which have been reimaginised and updatified by top flight producers like Rodney Jerkins and Stargate and so forth.

While Timbaland has done a sterling job on his cut, I do think he's lost some of the joyous spontaneity of Jackson's original demo - which you can listen to here. Luckily, both versions will be on the album, called Xscape, when it comes out on 13 May.

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