Album of the Month: July 2013

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 
(Release: March 2013)

I’ll admit it, it’s only 4 months after the initial release of this album that I finally started appreciating it musically, instead of just being a fan because it was from the love of my life. I loved Suit & Tie from the first listen, and I fell in love with Mirrors after the Brits performance, but the album as a whole didn’t grab me like I thought it would. I liked it, don’t get me wrong, but was I just liking it because it was Justin Timberlake, not the music itself?

But now, in July, it’s my go to album and I literally cannot get enough of it. Maybe it’s something to do with finally seeing him live for the first time in seven years, or the recent single release of my favourite song from the album, Tunnel Vision, but whatever it is I am definitely reassured that Justin Timberlake is the best male artist of the 21st century.

The majority of songs on The 20/20 Experience hit the 7 minute mark, meaning each track is preludes galore and they all blend into one massive musical masterpiece. Songs like Strawberry Bubblegum, which is a definite stand out, feature different parts of the song, almost like an introduction, main piece, and ending. The end of the track sounds completely different to the main body, but it works.

Causing controversy with the nudity in his latest official video (read post here), the 32 year old is willing to go against the grain and turn his music into art. With his last video for Mirrors nearly reaching the 9 minute mark, it seems Timberlake is taking a leaf out of idol Michael Jackson’s books with these short-film music videos. Do we have a new modern day King of Pop?

Justin Timberlake is no stranger to admitting his admiration for Michael Jackson, as well as performing live with him on various occasions. Like MJ, Justin started out in a boyband, and that very boyband N’Sync sung live with Jackson 5 in 2001.

Going back to The 20/20 Experience, the deluxe version features 12 tracks coming to a massive 79 minutes in its entirety, and out of all that music the only song that i’m not a huge fan of is Blue Ocean Floor. This is the last track on the standard edition, and there is just something that doesn’t connect me to the song. Which is weird, cause i’m usually a sucker for the slow album tracks.

Overall, The 20/20 Experience is modern day pop music at it’s finest. Mixed with a dab of soul and disco, Justin Timberlake certainly knows how to write a song or two. And if that wasn’t enough, the Sexy Back singer is planning to release a part 2 follow up to the album later this year. We wait 8 years for a new release, then get 2 in the space of a year!

Justin Timberlake plays Wireless Festival this weekend.

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