Originally published in MACs Magazine
5th August 2013
Justin ‘Trousersnake’ Timberlake is back with a bang with his hugely anticipated third studio album ‘The 20/20 experience’. Arguably a stark contrast from the eclectic, hip hop beats of his last studio album ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ it appears that the former Disney star absence from the music industry has allowed him to mature both in his wardrobe choices as well as the rich nature of his voice. I can definitely see direct correlation to Canadian crooner Robin Thicke’s sultry sound so if you’re a Robin Thicke fan, you will love this album.
Fans will be familiar with Timbaland’s production skills within this album as well as JT’s previous albums with the use of layered sound and his occasional random feature. Personally, I believe that the sound production adds to the auditory enjoyment of this album, not only is JT giving you brilliant vocals, but they are accompanied by great beats.
There is something on this album for everyone, ‘Spaceship Coupe’ would help to set a intimate atmosphere with your other half whilst ‘Let The Groove Get In’ will definitely get those hips going. I’m impressed with how he’s managed to cater for a wide range of listeners because of his broad ranging sound. The romantic tracks seem to have been influenced by Timberlake’s own personal life with his nuptials to actress Jessica Biel last year. I love how Justin has incorporated aspects of Motown music, classic instrumentals and African sounds as he sampled a track from Burkina Faso. He’s managed to create such rich harmonious depth and broken away from the generic bubblegum pop of contemporary music to create a refreshing sound. Not only has he created refreshing music; the Memphis native has really showcased the breadth of his musical abilities.
All in all, Justin Timberlake just seems to get better (and more attractive) with age. His fusion of genres from R’n’B to rock alongside orchestral and jazz elements is a perfect blend that is guaranteed to become a classic. If ‘Suit & Tie’ or ‘Mirrors’ didn’t tickle your fancy, I definitely recommend giving the rest of the album a chance. You will not be disappointed. Without sounding euphemistic I can’t think of a better way to spend 1hour, 10minutes and 2 seconds.