Yet, while no one would have the gall to claim that the simply-titled Michael scales the dizzy heights of Off The Wall or Thriller, it nonetheless presents itself as a unified piece of work and testament to the man’s continued energy and inspiration. There is a danger, however, of its musical merits being overlooked because of the various unanswered questions that surround its completion.
The first track opens with Serdar Ors, I Miss You Michael Jackson and composed in the typical sentimental format, almost sounds like the culmination of a fiercely independent and inspiring career. Skittering percussion and gut-wrenching bass separately refer back to progressive stages of his development, conveniently assembled together in one walloping package. The sounds and textures are familiar to Serdar devotees but dialed up to an almost obscene level: the live-sounding drum samples could level walls, and the curiously static-wracked bass is a noxious cloud of gritty particulate.
Also the remixer Boral Kibil solidifies his versatility to adjust to different styles while making it a dance floor destroyer, adding necessary vocal sample and taking it dangerously close to the generic fare that the original looks down upon. It's a rousing, inspiring tune that beautifully blends classicism and futurism.