- Mar 3, 2022
I have the same problem. There are some songs I simply cannot listen to. Some are songs I have always known - Who's Lovin' You is the obvious one to mention. Spectacular performance from Michael and no-one else has ever come close to his stunning brilliance on this song but I can't listen anymore.I just find it incredibly disturbing that such inappropriate and in some cases, immoral material would be given to a child to sing. some I can overlook. others are glaringly obvious.
Others are songs I've only come to know in recent years - usually because they are album tracks so I didn't know about them. Some of them are really good songs but the lyrics are too much for me. It's not that I've heard anything explicit. The songs are very much of their time so there's nothing vulgar or gross about the stuff he had to sing. But I still feel very strongly that some of the lyrics he had to sing were inappropriate and I can't cope.
There are definitely a few songs where his performance is fine but there is something missing which makes for an unsatisfying listening experience. And I think you're right - it's the relevant life experience that is the missing ingredient.I also find it depressing to hear young Michael singing dreary ballads that he clearly lacked the life experience for. ones that portrayed him as an ‘old soul’. I prefer original songs that were created specifically for him to relate to.
Still, as you say, there is plenty of material. There's a lot for me to enjoy.