Give In to Me

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"Give In to Me"
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Single by Michael Jackson featuring Slash
from the album Dangerous
B-side
ReleasedFebruary 15, 1993 (1993-02-15)
Recorded
  • 1990
  • 1992 (re-recorded)
Genre
Length
  • 5:28 (album version)
  • 4:42 (vocal version)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Michael Jackson
  • Bill Bottrell
Michael Jackson singles chronology
"Heal the World"
(1992)
"Give In to Me"
(1993)
"Whatzupwitu"
(1993)
Slash singles chronology
"Give In to Me"
(1993)
"Fix"
(1997)
Music video
"Give In to Me" on YouTube

"Give In to Me" is the tenth track on Michael Jackson's 1991 studio album Dangerous . The single peaked at number one in Ireland and in New Zealand for four consecutive weeks, and at number two on the UK Singles Chart. Stylistically, "Give In to Me" is a hard rock ballad that featured Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who also had solos on "D.S.", "Morphine" and "Privacy". [1] [2] Some suggest that the song, also considered a heavy metal ballad, has an aggressive sexual flavor. [3] [4] The single was released in Europe, Australia and New Zealand only. The single release's B-sides include the album versions of "Dirty Diana" and "Beat It".

Contents

Composition

This song is written in the key of E minor. [5] Jackson's vocal spans from G3 to B4. [5] It has a moderately slow tempo of 87 beats per minute. [5]

Critical response

"Give In to Me" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Entertainment Weekly editor David Browne praised Jackson's delivery, writing, "when his voice isn't competing with drum machines, it's menacing on the creepy Give In to Me (his best-ever shot at hard rock)." [6] Alan Jones from Music Week described it as "a moody ballad which unfurls slowly before reaching a fine climax, neatly juxtaposed by guitarist Slash's wailing guitar solo." He added that it "will be a substantial and deserved hit." [7] Alan Light of Rolling Stone commented, ""Give In to Me" flirts with something more disturbing as Jackson sings, "Don't try to understand me/Just simply do the things I say" in a grittier, throaty voice while Slash's guitar whips and soars behind him." [8]

Music video

The music video is a performance-style live-action concert. Give In to Me - Music Video.jpeg
The music video is a performance-style live-action concert.

The music video for "Give In to Me" [9] features Jackson performing the song on stage at an indoor rock concert with ex Living Colour bassist Muzz Skillings, Guns N' Roses guitarists Slash and Gilby Clarke, as well as the band's touring keyboardist Teddy Andreadis. Loud explosions are later heard with visuals of stylized electrical arcs and Jackson dancing as they run down his body. Slash's Les Paul is hit in the frets which increases the speed of the riffs. The last scene shows one electrical arc running down Jackson's body, an unintentional effect that was left in. The video is featured on the video albums: Dangerous - The Short Films and Michael Jackson's Vision . [10]

It was shot on June 25, 1992 in Munich, Germany, just two days before the opening concert of the Dangerous World Tour on June 27, 1992. The pyrotechnics appearing on the video are computer-generated and were added later on.

Track listings

  1. "Give In to Me" – 5:28
  2. "Dirty Diana" – 4:52
  3. "Beat It" – 4:17
  1. "Give In to Me" (Vocal Version) – 4:42
  2. "Dirty Diana" – 4:52
  3. "Beat It" – 4:17
  1. "Give In to Me" (Vocal Version) – 4:42
  2. "Give In to Me" (Instrumental) – 5:28
  1. "Give In to Me" – 5:28
  2. "Dirty Diana" – 4:52

Personnel

Charts and certifications

Cover versions

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