Jackson Lovers
VP Records
November 8, 2009

Duane Stephenson - Jackson Lovers Track list
  1. Rock With You - Kriss Kelli
  2. Bad - Carol Dexter
  3. Human Nature- Tarrus Riley
  4. You Rock My World - M'Lonie
  5. Thriller - Singing Melody
  6. You Are Not Alone - Duane Stephenson
  7. I Just Can't Stop Loving You - Richie Stephens
  8. Billie Jean - Mitch
  9. Don't Stop Til You Get Enough - Tinga Stewart
  10. The Girl Is Mine - Lukie D & Tony Curtis
  11. Man In The Mirror - Nicky Tucker
  12. Never Can Say Goodbye - Dennis Brown
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 1
Michael Jackson passed away June 25, 2009, while preparing for the 'This Is It' concert tour in 2009. He was known as the "King of Pop", and one of the most commercially successful and influential entertainers of all time. His unique contributions to music and dance, along with a highly publicized personal life, made him a prominent figure in popular culture for over four decades.

Jamaican artists always love to version the best and most popular soul, r'n'b and country tunes of the moment. This album is a collection of Michael Jackson tunes, a kind of tribute to the artist Michael Jackson. We aren't that fond of Jamaican interpretations of soul or pop tunes, although we must admit that some efforts work really well.

Looking at this album we only favour some tunes. First there's Tarrus Riley's version of Human Nature, which made a splash in spring of 2009 with US based core reggae radio and continues to gain airplay with core reggae outlets. Duane Stephenson's reworking of You Are Not Alone makes a fine impression too. It's no coincidence that both tunes are produced by musical wizard Dean Fraser. From the mid-eighties comes the late great Dennis Brown with Never Can Say Goodbye. A great reworking by a great and still sorely missed vocalist. Lukie D & Tony Curtis bring us The Girls Is Mine, a smooth and nice effort.

Most other tunes stay pretty close to the originals, with non-reggae riddims, mostly trying hard to imitate the original Michael Jackson tune. Perhaps die-hard Michael Jackson fans will love 'm, but we don't appreciate those efforts.