Who can deny Justin Timberlake is defiantly on the circuit? One moment he’s previewing his new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” at the Grammy Awards and next he’s announcing “The Legends of Summer” tour with Jay-Z. He’s dominated late night TV – his stint on Saturday Night Live earned the show its highest rating in over a year and he lit up Jimmy Fallon’s stage a few weeks later for five nights in a row – and jetted to Austin to surprise SXSW-goers the last day of the music festival. Without a doubt, JT is back.
The man can dance, break out into hooks, transition effortlessly into a falsetto croon, make girls swoon and his new album is fueled with enthusiasm and experience. What else can he do? Aren’t you curious?
“The 20/20 Experience” brings back the neo-soul sound from the ’60s and ‘70s rock songs. With the folk, pop and country sounds dominating the airwaves, JT isn’t just making a comeback; he’s bringing back a different type of music. And, from our standpoint, that’s true. Unless, your dial is tuned into classic rock stations- this sound hasn’t been heard by mainstream music fans in decades.
With the average song time running 6:30, it’s hard to say whether the sensual, R&B dance epics will need radio-edit versions. Songs such as the album’s opener, “Pusher Love Girl,” and “Strawberry Bubblegum” are prime examples of cool grooves, strong synths and airy orchestra sounds that could blow up on radio this summer if shortened.
But wait – there’s more! Today, JT confirmed the rumors and doused our suspicion- “The 20/20 Experience” will indeed have a “volume two” release later this year. He said, his brand new release – his first in six and a half years – was “the first half of the album-10 songs now…10 songs later = 20 vision.” Perhaps we should read more into album titles. Who saw that coming?
The question is- will you buy Volume 1 because it’s Justin Timberlake or wait to see if Volume 2 brings back the singer from six and a half years ago? In any case, if you haven’t streamed the album, at least give it some air play before you make a decision.