The beginning sounds too much like Stranger In Moscow, but the song gets better from there. Cry, which the title suggests is a counterpart to Scream, is actually the new Man In The Mirror; a fact you might not recognize until the end. “Change the world”, is the final message. Back then it was, “Make that change.”
Aesthetically both philanthropy anthems are about the same, but the message sounded more urgent in 1987. The melodies are well composed and the ad-libs during the final minute near classic Michael Jackson, but, despite backup from a full gospel choir, he sounds less energetic, ironically less Invincible, here.
my rating = 4 of 5
This is 12 Play, the Christmas edition. I’ll give R credit for not including any covers. The problem with these new original songs is that they lack the magic of a typical holiday carol. The vibes are smooth and soulful in the style of the Love Letter and Write Me Back albums; there’s even a song called Letters with eggnog drip snares; but 12 Nights is nothing to write home about. It’s rather music to play softly in the background while Christmas Lovin under the mistletoe.
my rating = 3 of 5