Justin Timberlake: “The 20/20 Experience”

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Seven years. That’s how long it’s been since we last heard a full length album from the singer-actor-entrepreneur Justin Timberlake. The now 32-year-old singer returns to the music scene with “The 20/20 Experience” a new album with a brand new sound.

When the world last heard of Timberlake in anything music-related, he was taking the world by storm with his multi-platinum album “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” The critically acclaimed album that spawned six hit singles helped Timberlake shed his boy band image and take on a smooth player persona.

This time around, the newlywed Timberlake teams up with producer Timbaland to give people a new music experience, the same they did seven years ago.

Timberlake doesn’t make albums, he creates masterpieces, and “The 20/20 Experience” is no exception. He shows how much he’s changed since his “FutureSex” days. The Timberlake/Timbaland duo brings us a retro mix of romance and dance tunes that will take us into Timberlake’s world of love, passion and melodies.

The album is full of so many standout tracks that it is hard to pick out a specific favorite. “That Girl” is a ballad proclaiming that he is done with the promiscuity and loves only one girl. “Mirrors” the second lead single is an infectious track about how a significant other can mimic you. “Pusher Love Girl” has Timberlake referring to his wife’s love as the strongest drug. Fans of his previous two albums shouldn’t be surprised that he is embracing a new sound. “FutureSex/Lovesounds” experimented with several genres of music including R&B, pop and dance pop. “The 20/20 Experience” is something new, a vision into the world of true love and romance.

Over the course of seven years, Timberlake dated several women and added many films to his already long resume. He tied the knot with Jessica Biel last October and with this album it is evident that Justin has some post-wedding bliss. Now older, Timberlake has grown artistically, evident from the maturity in his sound with this album, but he still has the swagger that brought “SexyBack” several years ago.  In the span of 80 minutes, “The 20/20 Experience” takes the listener on a hypnotic musical journey full of neo-soul vibes and retro pop rhythms.

With a part two releasing in November, Timberlake is taking back the reigns of the pop world and letting his fans know that he hasn’t missed a step. “The 20/20 Experience” is his ode to his wife, his music and his fans. Although it’s not a typical Justin Timberlake album, it is an album that one can listen to and say “welcome back.”

 

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