Posthumous releases are a grin-and-bear-it deal. Or a not deal, depending on your own personal choice. Sometimes it feels intruding and opportunistic whenever we hear these types of projects, as the artist isn't alive to control how the work is going to sound, and believe me, demos are like first drafts for writers, and that ish is scary when you read it back to yourself after it sits on the page for a few months. So as much as I am curious about Michael Jackson's Xscape project, I'm still in a state of unease, as Jackson isn't in control of how to mold and shape these eight tracks, and the whole thing feels like the equivalent of reading fan fiction --- it's pure delusional fantasy. The release of Xscape though is coming up quick, and during the iHeart Radio Music Awards last night (I never knew there was such a thing...) the debut single from the project, "Love Never Felt So Good" premiered for the very first time. The demo has been kicking around since 1983 (along with Johnny Mathis' 1984 version), and in a weird way, its redress isn't too far gone from the disco revival that we are experiencing at current.
To get it out of the way...Justin Timberlake is a Taco Bell Michael Jackson. It's great in a pinch, even slightly flavorful when it wants to be (especially when you add Velveeta on top, because well, everything is better with Velveeta), but it's not the real thing. Nonetheless, Timberlake has been dying to