HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I | DiscogsThat can't be said for the second disc, called "HIStory Continues" and consisting entirely of new material -- which also happens to be the first material he released since being accused of child molestation. References to the scandal permeate almost every song, creating a thick atmosphere of paranoia. If Jackson 's music had been the equal of Thriller or Bad , the nervous, vindictive lyrics wouldn't have been quite as overbearing. Jackson certainly tries to stay contemporary, yet he has a tendency to smooth out all of his rougher musical edges with show-biz schmaltz. Occasionally, Jackson produces some well-crafted pop that ranks with his best material: R.
HIStory: Past, Present & Future — Book I (HIStory Continues)
HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I
It comprises two discs: HIStory Begins , a greatest hits compilation , and HIStory Continues , comprising new material written and produced by Jackson and collaborators. The themes include environmental awareness , isolation, greed, suicide, injustice, and Jackson's conflicts with the media. Though it received generally positive reviews, the lyrics of "They Don't Care About Us" drew accusations of antisemitism ; Jackson said the lines had been misinterpreted and replaced them on later pressings. By , it had been certified six times platinum in Europe, making it the year's best-selling album in the combined European market. Starting in the late s, Jackson and the tabloid press had a difficult relationship. In , tabloids claimed that Jackson slept in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and had offered to buy the bones of Joseph Merrick the "Elephant Man" , both of which Jackson denied.
Rather than release a standard new studio album to follow up 's Dangerous , The King of Pop issued a double album that began with a song summary of his greatest hits and finished with a second album of new material. As the first music released after Jackson's legal controversies had been made public, HIStory features a number of new songs that sound defensive, paranoid, and like a man in crisis. Even the nervous beats on "They Don't Care About Us" sound as jittery as the original lyrics, which had led to allegations of anti-Semitism and were removed at Jackson's expense. His cover of The Beatles' "Come Together" takes on added promise and bite. Sister Janet joins him for "Scream," where their voices blend as one. Sign Out.