With pop artists it’s easy for the eye rolling to occur after the words ‘so and so just released a new album’. With a label as ‘one of the most commercially successful singers, Justin Timberlake is pop. Yet, after the first note played from his new album, ‘The 20/20 Experience’, my eyes rolled right back into their sockets. This a man who can call six Grammys and four Emmys his.
With a voice that can hit the high notes as well as any choirboy and an enviable ability to blend the right dose of Motown with modernized R&B, he creates a sound that is almost irresistible.
“I can’t deny the way you caught my eye. I mean something struck and refilled up the sky. And everything on you intoxicates. It’s a mystery. I don’t know why.”
Listen to his voice gentlemen. These lyrics are a lesson in how to make the girls swoon… and blush. This is not the curly haired teen idol of the 90’s or the boy in his twenties declaring to bring sexy back. In the five years that Justin Timberlake has stayed away from the recording studio, he has grown into a man. He’s a man who still loves the female, loves seducing her, and knows how to make her feel special.
He delivers the lyrics with a soothing accompaniment of his vocals as the background singers and the husky odd male voice (Jay Z) thrown in there every now and then. Deep beats seamlessly switch the songs from old school love songs to tribal hip-hop. All in all, it’s an album as smooth as the male seducing the female himself.
Determinedly, ‘The 20/20 Experience’ makes a strong decision to lock down into one sound. Devoid of hopping from style to style, JT doesn’t try to make a declaration that he can do all genres well. Rather he makes a declaration that he can do this genre well. After all, he’s already spent years doing the pop thing and he’s dabbled in elements of techno, rock, and funk years before. This year, he’s doing his own thing. Dubbed as neo-funk or whatever the critics might like to call it, we can all agree Justin Timberlake is mighty fine at what he does.
“All the way from Memphis, Tennessee. Show him some southern love. JT and the Tennessee kids. Come on, give it up!”
Lindsay is a guest writer for BigPond Music.