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Always for Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson turns 53. Yes, turns. Not ‘would have been’, for he is alive. The myriad ways that his legacy is being exploited is staggeringly disturbing. Luke Kenny writes...

music Updated: Aug 30, 2011 15:10 IST
Luke Kenny

Michael Jackson turns 53. Yes, turns. Not ‘would have been’, for he is alive. And in a morbid way, his estate will not let him die because Michael has now become the best cash cow that they have. The myriad ways that his legacy is being exploited is staggeringly disturbing — from theme parks in Vietnam to reshuffled and repackaged music catalogues, no aspect of Michael’s life remains sacred to the money grabbers and investors in his legacy.



Michael JacksonBut on a brighter note, it’s heartening to see the fans, who have not diminished in their love for Michael since he passed away in 2009.



And what’s even more amazing to see is a generation born post-1996, which is so familiar with the magic and legacy of Michael Jackson.



Be it his music, his videos or his fashion and style statements, all of this lives on in the infinity of cyberspace, accessible to this very generation that lives in it.



Pop icon, Michael Jackson was a pioneer like no other and will always be the touchstone for any entertainer worth their salt.

The years will come and go, so will the tributes and glorious words of praise, but the magic, the majesty and the spirit of Michael Jackson will forever abide… if I may say so.



Here’s what you want on your iPod, recommends Luke Kenny

What Matters Most

Barbra Streisand

Sony Music (2 CDs)



Rating: ****

One of the world’s greatest female singers, Barbra has been a favourite for a long time. And the 69-year-old shows no signs of ageing as she takes on a fantastic collection of songs written by her longtime collaborators, Alan and Barilyn Bergman. This double
disc edition features songs newly recorded by Streisand as well as ones she recorded previously. ‘The windmills of your mind...’, ‘The way we were...’, ‘You don’t bring me flowers...’ with Neil Diamond and 17 more songwriting classics make up this fulfilling package.

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This matters a lot

Nothing But The Beat
David Guetta
EMI

Rating: **

One of the world’s top dance music DJs brings his magic touch to his fifth studio album. The trend of merging pop, rap and dance music has proven to be a hugely successful formula than can arguably attributed to Guetta. In his latest album, the superstar collaborations come fast and furious with Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Tiao Cruz, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Will.i.am, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Jessie J, Timbaland, Jennifer Hudson and the unignorable Akon all getting on for the ride. Whew!

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Nothing more required

I’m With You
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Warner

Rating: ***

The Peppers have always been a touchstone for me as a band that defies all convention through the various decades of musical evolution. And although the band has gone through many musical, personal and personnel upheavals, they have endured, and so has their music. Flea and Anthony Keidis have been the cornerstones of RHCP through its lifetime, and continue to soldier on, as is evident on this — their tenth album after 2006’s magnificent double album, Stadium Arcadium. This one is just one step back.

Bottomline
Get with the Peppers, yo!

Black And White America
Lenny Kravitz
Universal

Rating: **

The years following ‘Are you gonna go my way...’ have been rather spotty for Lenny Kravitz, with his subsequent albums failing to reach the zenith, despite being musically satisfying to fans and listeners alike. So here comes the funk-heavy ninth studio album which was intended to be released before 2004’s Baptism, and it is an interesting mix of ideas and Lenny’s politics that come together in this electro-fuzz soundscape, full off throbbing grooves and heavy baselines. But it lacks the physical edge that defined Lenny Kravitz as we know him.

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Colorful Sonica