Very rarely do I enjoy Michael Jackson covers. I have a hard time keeping an open mind when I listen to them because, well, I don't think that Michael is an artist whose songs should be covered. They are already at their best. Another artist can't make them any better. And, frankly, no artist can do him justice.
Maybe that's a little harsh, but hey. You're talking to hardcore Michael Jackson fan here (did I mention that I seriously contemplated buying a rare $250 vinyl record of his on eBay recently?). Yeah. I love MJ with all the power vested in me.
I was reading my latest issue of Rolling Stone over the weekend and a reviewer was giving a huge thumbs up to Tame Impala's cover of "Stranger in Moscow." Surprisingly, upon YouTubing the video, I was pleasantly surprised that I . . . get ready . . . oh man, here comes my confession . . . enjoyed it. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I think they keep the song's pleasantries intact, and I can appreciate that.
So, Tame Impala, I'll give you this one. I will. Nice work.
Fiction, poetry, and all that good stuff . . .