“Timbalake” is back! From the opening seconds of “Pusher Love Girl,” you can sense a new brand of swag. Luscious strings, sick beats, filthy vocals. It’s 9:23 a.m. and “Don’t Hold the Wall” is grooving so hard that I feel bad for holding the wall. “Spaceship Coupe” combines vintage soul with a cosmic twist. “Mirrors” cuts deepest. I felt emotion. The melody is haunting and the message pure. All in all J.T. is running at about 36 u.h.p.m. (unbelievable hooks per minute).
20/20 is a 70-minute masterpiece. Seventy minutes! Ten tracks! A pop album averaging seven minutes per track is absurd. That's why it's NOT a pop album. It’s a soul record. What kind of soul? The better question is "Whose soul?"
This album fuses sensibilities from every genre popular music has to offer, but it also lets you into the soul of a man. A soul that has come a long way since dating Britney. He’s not just talented and relevant, he dares us to let him let us in and just groove along with him. I can’t see without my contacts in, but my foresight for pop music is 20/20.
- Album: The 20/20 Experience
- Artist: Justin Timberlake
- Label: WEG, RCA
- Songs: (1) Pusher Love Girl, (2) Suit & Tie, (3) Don't Hold the Wall, (4) Strawberry Bubblegum, (5) Tunnel Vision, (6) Spaceship Coupe, (7) That Girl, (8) Let the Groove Get In, (9) Mirrors, (10) Blue Ocean Floor