Monday, March 25, 2013

Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience is Filled with Beautiful Clarity

In 2006 Justin Timberlake released his last LP entitled FutureSex/LoveSounds.  Seven years later after  ome promising (and not so promising) film work, and numerous guest appearances on Saturday Night Live Timberlake is back, and better than ever!  The 20/20 Experience his new album is a mature R&B, Pop, Dance infusion, transcending the work of many mainstream musicians today.
20/20 is one of the largest musical phenomenons of the year, and that is no surprise.  Timberlake is a force to reckoned with and maturity from his days as a Mousketeer and Boy Bander in N'Sync to this actual "experience" is one of the most impressive transformations.  Like Timberlake's transformation this album is a musical transformation blending a variety of different musical experiences, but but focusing mainly on rhythm and soul within each beat and lyric.

One of the unique things about this album is the length of the tracks, which average about 7 minutes.  JT doesn't go for the easy "Cry Me a River" or "Sexyback" rather you you get the slow soul of my personal favorite songs "Mirrors" and "Tunnel Vision."  These songs have soul/brass and well iterally brass with horns and percussion over much of the music on the album.  Further proof that soul and rhythm are essential to growth of Timberlake as an artist, and to this album experience.

Timberlakes' collaborations with Timbaland seem to produce such beautiful music, and this is true with this experience.  Timbaland produced every track on this album, and you can hear his sound mixed with JT on every track.  

The album is a slow burn, and I refused to write anything about this album until I listened to it three times.  I love the evolution of the album creating a neo-soul feel which is more D'Angelo than Beiber.  I am glad JT did not go the commercial route, and used his passion along with Timbaland to produce this album.  There is a true pay, and many artists should pay attention to JT's career this album may sell as many 1 million units.  Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and allows a musicians musical growth to mature.

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