Having scraped the barrel with the awful first posthumous Michael Jackson album Michael, Xscape’s starry producers (Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins) trick demos and outtakes of Jackson’s breathy, yowling vocals into plausible R&B and funk.

Too sketchy to qualify as proper songs but full of supple grooves, like superior filler from an album never made.

Michael Jackson

Xscape

(Epic)

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