Justified

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From the moment 'N Sync dropped their bubblegum-pop debut in 1998, it was obvious that blond charmer Justin Timberlake would be the boy band's breakout star. Four years later, Timberlake finally kicks off his solo career with 2002's surprisingly soulful, R&B-and hip-hop-drenched Justified. Vocally, the Tennessee native sounds more than ever like his idol, Michael Jackson, most noticeably on the pulsating, Neptunes-produced single, "Like I Love You," where Timberlake even yelps ? la Jacko. In all, the Neptunes helped craft about half of the disc's 13 songs, including the string- and-synth-laden "Last Night" and the disco-inspired "Rock Your Body." For the rest, ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
From the moment 'N Sync dropped their bubblegum-pop debut in 1998, it was obvious that blond charmer Justin Timberlake would be the boy band's breakout star. Four years later, Timberlake finally kicks off his solo career with 2002's surprisingly soulful, R&B-and hip-hop-drenched Justified. Vocally, the Tennessee native sounds more than ever like his idol, Michael Jackson, most noticeably on the pulsating, Neptunes-produced single, "Like I Love You," where Timberlake even yelps à la Jacko. In all, the Neptunes helped craft about half of the disc's 13 songs, including the string- and-synth-laden "Last Night" and the disco-inspired "Rock Your Body." For the rest, Timberlake looked primarily to hip-hop kingpin Timbaland, who applied his trademark techniques to the slinky, bass-heavy club thumper "And She Said Take Me Now," featuring Janet Jackson, and the dramatic, synth-and-beat box-accented original "Cry Me a River," on which a wronged Justin -- who puts his own lyrical stamp on most of the songs -- takes potshots at an ex, possibly Britney Spears. In his shimmering falsetto, he sings: "You don't have to say what you did/I already know/I found out from him." Oops, looks like Brit did it again. While Justified is obviously conceived as a springboard to grown-up, international superstardom, Timberlake doesn't completely forsake his core audience, closing the disc with the syrupy, Brian McKnight-produced ballad, "Never Again," on which he once again bemoans lost love. " 'Forgive me' says that I should give you one more try/But it's too late/It's over now," he coos, and one can already imagine an accompanying, sepia-tone video astride the TRL countdown. Whether he's singing the teen-pop breakup blues or conjuring images of Jackson in his prime, Timberlake assures that his ascent to solo stardom is more than Justified.
Rolling Stone - Ben Ratliff
The Neptunes' brilliant, impertinent, full-body funk is, for the most part, what stays with you from Justified; their songs, spacious and shot through with ecstatic aaahs, outshine their neighbors on the album.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
His smooth falsetto is an easy fit for the slinky quirks and rhythmic accents of the Neptunes and Timbaland, who produced the bulk of the album. [B]
Daily News - Jim Farber
In most tracks, springy beats and original sound effects give the songs surprising texture and distinction.

His smooth falsetto is an easy fit for the slinky quirks and rhythmic accents of the Neptunes and Timbaland, who produced the bulk of the album. [B]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2008
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017662922
  • Catalog Number: 35476
  • Sales rank: 402,078

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Justin Timberlake Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Janet Jackson Guest Appearance, Vocals
Brian McKnight Guest Appearance
Timbaland Guest Appearance, Vocals, Background Vocals
Clipse Guest Appearance, Rap
Bill Meyers Conductor
Charles Veal Strings
Nathan East Bass
Larry Gold Conductor
Bernard Kenny Guitar
Scott Spencer Storch Clavinet
Benjamin F. Wright Conductor
Tye Tribbett & G.A. Background Vocals
Pharrell Williams Vocals
Bill Pettaway Guitar
Damen Bennett Flute
Thaddeus T. Tribbett Bass
Vidal Davis Percussion
Bubba Sparxxx Rap
Marsha Ambrosius Background Vocals
Omar Edwards Keyboards
Vanessa Marquez Vocals
George "Spanky" McCurdy Drums
Southwest Chamber Orchestra Strings
Greater Anointing Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Meyers String Arrangements
Brian McKnight Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Eddie DeLena Engineer
Larry Gold String Arrangements, String Conductor
Harvey Mason Sr. Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Scott Spencer Storch Producer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Benjamin F. Wright String Arrangements
Damon Thomas Producer
Timbaland Producer
Jimmy Randolph Digital Editing, Pro-Tools
Pharrell Williams Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Instrumentation
Harvey Mason Jr. Producer
Andrew Coleman Engineer
Chad Hugo Producer, Instrumentation
Senator Jimmy D Engineer
Justin Timberlake Vocal Arrangements
Steve Penny Engineer
Dabling Harward Engineer
Chris Wood Engineer
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