After 7 years since his last album and a teaser at this year’s Grammys, Justin Timberlake’s newest album The 20/20 Experience was easily one of the most anticipated albums of the year. It may not be his best album to date, but it is well worth the hype.
The 20/20 Experience begins with “Pusher Love Girl”, which Timberlake performed at this year’s Grammys. Much like the subject matter of the song, it’s highly addictive track morphing from a classic neo-soul sound into Timberlake’s spot-on falsetto. The icredibly sexy “Suit and Tie” featuring Jay-Z follows in an effortless transition. While it doesn’t have the catchy, instantaneous impact that “Sexy Back” did, nothing on this album really does. It’s clear the he’s experimenting with his style. He’s toying with strings and horns, and has an incredibly long album for it containing only 10 songs. It may not be the Justin Timberlake we know and love, but it’s an interesting look at how far Justin has come and how far he can still go.
But, like most albums, there are a few flops. “Tunnel Vision” and “That Girl” aren’t bad, musically, but due to their length, they easily become redundant and repetitive. Even the the signature dance track “Let the Groove in” becomes tedious after the 5 minute mark. The true stars of the album, though, are “Don’t Hold the Wall” and “Strawberry Bubblegum”. “Don’t Hold the Wall” emits a tribal vibe with heavy percussion in the beginning before transitioning into a darker and more structured sound. The track is so jam-packed that each listen will produce something new. The intensity is toned down immediately with “Strawberry Bubblegum”. This simple R&B tune is interlaced with electronic bits and percussion that create a rather pleasantly serene and peaceful tune.
Justin Timberlake ends his experimental experience with a very chill “Blue Ocean Floor” and it perfectly sums up what he’s trying to accomplish with this album. The tune isn’t catchy or sexy or even suave. It’s very somber and showcases how far Justin has come as an artist. It’s a risk to end his lengthy project on a solemn note, but the vocals and piano melodies are lovely, creating the perfect ending to The 20/20 Experience,Google+