Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” Album Review

Today marks the release of Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated third studio album, The 20/20 Experience, and it is definitely worth the wait.  The overall theme and feel of The 20/20 Experience is a guy that is hopelessly and head over heels in love.  It is apparent that this is J.T.’s love letter to recently married bride, actress Jessica Biel.  Love looks good on Timberlake.  While most of the songs on Timberlake’s new album are 7 minutes or more, the songs are so great that you wish they were longer.   Here’s the songs that stood out to me:

  • “Pusher Love Girl”: Funk, Justin Timberlake style.  This song is addictive.  “Pusher Love Girl” pulls you in with the brilliant use of strings at the opening of the song.  Definitely a strong start to this album.  Just when you think the song is going to end around 5 minutes, here comes the breakdown that satisfies.
  • “Suit & Tie”: The first single from The 20/20 Experience.  This song gave us a good glimpse at the style of Timberlake’s third album.  Like Justin, this song personifies sexy while keeping things classy.  Jay-Z’s guest vocal on this track show how great Timberlake is when it comes to collaborating with other well-known artists.
  • “Don’t Hold the Wall”: Timberlake’s long-time collaborator, Timbaland makes his second appearance on this album (the first on  “Suit & Tie”).  This song has a very seductive feel to it.  The perfect song for a long make out session.
  • “Strawberry Bubblegum”: Reminds me of a Barry White song.  This is a great thing because Barry White was the master of sexy songs and this song shows Timberlake as White’s successor.  The best thing about Justin Timberlake is that while most of his songs are about women, he knows that the best way to woman’s heart is through romance.  This song does this well.
  • “Let the Groove In”:  This song has a Latin/ Reggaeton feel to it.  It’s hard not to want to dance to this song.
  • “Mirrors”: The second single off of The 20/20 Experience.  This song definitely has a Justified (Timberlake’s first solo album) feel to it.
  • “Blue Ocean Floor”: The last song on The 20/20 Experience is one of the strongest on this album.  This song has a haunting melody to it and displays a vulnerable Timberlake.
  • “Body Count” (available only on Target deluxe version): A very funky bonus song that reminds of “My Love” from Timberlake’s previous album, Futuresex/ Lovesounds.

This album displays Justin Timberlake at his best and this is just the tip of the iceberg.  Last night at a release party for the album, Timberlake confirmed the statement from The Roots drummer and friend to Timberlake, ?uestlove that this album is only half of The 20/20 Experience.  Timberlake revealed the second half would be out later this year.

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