Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

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I think I’ve finally calmed down enough to write a semi-coherent post about JT’s new album. Apologies in advance if any all of it comes across like a fangirl wrote it. I just think he’s incredible.

20/20 experience

Six years later and the drought is finally over, the legend is finally back, Mr. Timberlake has finally made his triumphant return to music.

The 20/20 Experience is truly an experience. With almost every record being 7-8 minutes long there was only room for 10 on the entire album. Suit & Tie gave us a nice preview when it was released as the first single a few months ago, but it could have never fully prepared us for the greatness that is the 20/20 Experience.

This album gives you music you can swing to, music you can dance to, music you can feel when you move. Let The Groove In makes you want to swing your hips around on a dance floor, That Girl makes you want to be that girl with the pinup hair that he’s falling in love with, and Blue Ocean Floor just makes you want to find that person that you let go of and never let them leave ever again.

Timberlake fully goes into his creative brain on this album. Not caring or needing to make three minute and thirty second songs to please pop radio, he instead lets the songs develop over longer amounts of time, in turn giving the listener a deeper musical experience with each record. Very heavy on R&B and jazzy tones, it’s a different sound than the heavy innovative production on the FutureSex/LoveSounds album. But different in the best possible way.

I think The 20/20 Experience is very fitting for where Mr. Timberlake is in his life. He released FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006  as a 26 year old when he was arguably the most eligible bachelor on the market, so of course he should sing about sex and being sexy and make every female on the planet drool over him. But now in 2012 as a newlywed and more mature 32 year old, his sound has evolved with his current era of life. Sure he still sings about being sexy, but most of the songs talk about falling in love and being in love. He is still making girls swoon over him, just on a different level.

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (RCA Records)

  • Singles: Suit & Tie, Mirrors
  • Songs to dance to: Don’t Hold The Wall, Let The Groove In, Pusher Love Girl
  • Songs to cry to: Blue Ocean Floor, Mirrors
  • Sarah’s Top 5: That Girl, Mirrors, Pusher Love Girl, Tunnel Vision, Blue Ocean Floor

In case you didn’t already hear the news, JT has confirmed that the second part of The 20/20 Experience will be released later this year. 10 songs now, 10 songs later. 20/20 get it?

Sure, we all know JT brought sexy back 6 long years ago and that was great don’t get me wrong, but I personally prefer a man in a suit and tie. And if that’s what he’ll be wearing every time he performs that song on tour, I have no complaints. Realistically he should have named the album Justin Timberlake: The Babymaking Experience. Congratulations to all of the people who find themselves newfound parents 9 months after listening to this album.

JT

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