Justified

Justified

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by Justin Timberlake
     
 

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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 thanSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
With his debut solo album, Justified, Justin Timberlake borrows from Michael Jackson, from the Thriller-era getup and poses to the sharply modernized spin on the classic Off the Wall sound. To be sure, the sound of the Neptunes productions which dominate Justified is the best thing about the album; they have a lush, sexy, stylish feel that is better, more romantic than most modern R&B. Timberlake is a technically skilled vocalist, with a smooth falsetto. The songs are pretty on the surface -- apart from some flop Timbaland productions (which he redeems with the slinky funk of "Right for Me"), the sound of Justified works well.
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0012414182319
catalogNumber:
41823
Rank:
18642

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Timberlake   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Janet Jackson   Vocals
Bill Meyers   Conductor
Charles Veal   Strings
Nathan East   Bass
Larry Gold   Conductor
Bernard Kenny   Guitar
Scott Spencer Storch   Clavinet
Benjamin F. Wright   Conductor
Timbaland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tye Tribbett & G.A.   Background Vocals
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
Bill Pettaway   Guitar
Damen Bennett   Flute
Clipse   Rap
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   Producer
Scott Spencer Storch   Producer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Damon Thomas   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Jimmy Randolph   Pro-Tools
Pharrell Williams   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Harvey Mason   Producer
Chad Hugo   Producer,Instrumentation
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Vocal Arrangements
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Steve Penny   Engineer
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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