As I’m sure you know if you’re a regular reader of this site, we are huge Michael Jackson fans, and we are eagerly anticipating the release of Xscape, the latest posthumous gathering of unreleased material. The title track was fun, and would’ve been one of the better tracks on Invincible (which it was intended for,) but didn’t really put me in a “oh my God, this album is gonna be good” place. Not that I really expect any post-mortem MJ to, but…a man can dream, right?
“Love Never Felt So Good,” on the other hand, feels like a peak-era Michael Jackson track. Co-written by Paul Anka (who also co-wrote “This Is It,” MJ’s first posthumous hit) and presumably taken from the same sessions, this cut fits right into the retro-’80s sound that dominates the pop (and hell, indie-pop) airwaves these days. Of course it would, right? Michael damn near originated the sound.
Two versions of this track are making the rounds. The better one features Michael solo, but the version that will probably get more play features production from Timbaland and an assist from one of Mike’s most obvious disciples, Justin Timberlake. Timbo goes overboard with the percussion a little bit, and the sound is a bit cluttered, but Justin is a good complement. Of course he’d be, right? Michael damn near originated his sound.
Check out the Timberlake-assisted version of “Love Never Felt So Good” below.