http://assets-s3.rollingstone.com/assets/images/album_review/648a9bf824653ca13650155452727da3644cca8d.jpg Immortal

Michael Jackson


Rolling Stone: star rating
Community: star rating
5 2.5 0
December 29, 2011

Part remix album, part theatrical souvenir, this sequence of hits serves as the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil's Vegas-ready Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour. There’s as much "Earth Song" as "ABC," but ex- Jackson sideman Greg Phillinganes and producer Kevin Antunes come up with an interpretive mix-tape that balances string sweeps with imaginatively funky treatments of beloved cuts (see the wedding-reception-friendly "Immortal Megamix"). With Jackson's world-remaking grooves as a guide, even the gaudiest setting can be a party.

Listen To "The Jackson 5 Medley":

Photos: Michael Jackson Remembered
Photos: Michael Jackson Immortalized
Michael Jackson: A Look Back at His Life and Career
Photos: 'Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson the Immortal' Premieres

Album Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “American Girl”

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

    It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

    More Song Stories entries »