20 reasons to love and hate Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience'

by Aaron Zorgel

March 12, 2013






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Have you had a chance to stream Justin Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, yet? After seven long, arduous years of humouring JT’s acting career and his entrepreneurial endeavours, the wait is finally over. That said, because he kept us waiting so long, The 20/20 Experience is sure to inspire an onslaught of mixed emotions.

If you’re not sure how to feel, check out this handy-dandy, wishy-washy guide of reasons to love and/or hate it. Sometimes talking it out helps. We’re in this together, guys.

LOVE: It exists!

It isn’t just a beautiful dream. There is an hour’s worth of brand new music by Justin Timberlake. I have heard it. It is very real.

HATE: It’s just so late!

We really could have used this five years ago, when the most popular song in the world was “Low” by Flo Rida, featuring T-Pain.

LOVE: The only producers who worked on it are Timbaland, Timberlake, and J-Roc.

The dream team, plus the new blood: Timbaland’s new protege J-Roc. Having the same producers work on all of the tracks generally makes for a way more cohesive sounding album.

HATE: What, no Neptunes?

Maybe it was wishful thinking, but I was really hoping for a Pharrell Williams/Chad Hugo cut.

LOVE: It’s not hosted on Myspace.

“Add your Top 8 to listen to an exclusive stream of the new Justin Timberlake album!”

HATE: The cover is vaguely steampunk.

“I be on my clock & goggle shit, goggle shit.”

LOVE: It sounds like a real album.

This isn’t just a collection of stray songs that Justin has worked on over the past seven years. It’s a real album that flows together nicely, and it almost sounds like it took seven years to compile.

HATE: There are no heartbreak anthems on it.

Is it too much to ask for a “Cry Me A River 2.0” or a “What Goes Around (2013)”? Why does he have to be so happy with Jessica Biel?

LOVE: There’s a verse by Jay-Z on it!

Get out your seat, Hov!

HATE: Jay-Z’s verse is terrible.

Get back in your seat, Hov! If you’re going to anchor a stadium tour on one measly guest feature, maybe don’t phone it in so hard.

LOVE: There isn’t a single song on it under 4 and a half minutes.

It’s great for putting headphones on, and getting real introspective on the subway, or whatever.

HATE: There probably won’t be any more radio singles.

How are radio stations supposed to play “Thrift Shop” once every ten minutes when “Pusher Love Girl” is over eight minutes long?

LOVE: It turns out that “Suit & Tie” might be the weakest track on it.

And hey, it’s not even that bad.

HATE: Timbaland is a bit more subdued.

I could have used maybe 20% more “ficka ficka ficka.”

LOVE: It’s both sexy AND classy.

He brought sexy back, now he’s buying it dinner, pulling out its chair, and opening doors for it.

HATE: There’s no Danja.

Danja was a huge part of what made FutureSex/LoveSounds so great, and after a falling out with Timbaland, he’s nowhere to be found on the credits for The 20/20 Experience.

LOVE: It’s relevant! This fits in nicely with the whole “future R&B” scene.

Does anyone else feel like Justin was trying to re-write “Pyramids” x 10 on this record? I’m not complaining.

HATE: The whole neo-soul revival thing feels a bit Bruno Mars-y.

Just a bit, right?



HATE: What, no T.I.?

Miss you, Trouble Man.

Tags: Music, Featured, News, Jay-Z, justin timberlake, Timbaland






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