Once Justin Timberlake finished touring in support of FutureSex/LoveSounds, music making slid to the side as acting, endorsing, investing, and talent grooming took precedence. The few appearances from 2007 through 2012 -- through collaborations with Madonna, Duran Duran, 50 Cent, Ciara, and new jack ballad mode Lonely Island, often in partnership with Timbaland -- confirmed that the cutting edge was not his concern. Aligning with the Neptunes in 2002 and with Timbaland in 2006 were not bold creative risks either, but working with Timbaland once more makes it plain that Timberlake wanted to remain within his comfort zone. Along with co-producer Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds. Seventy minutes in duration, it's only four minutes longer but contains two fewer songs. Opener "Pusher Love Girl" sets the tone for the program; the first three of its eight minutes would make for an elegant sweet-soul introduction. "Strawberry Bubblegum" recalls a time when groups like the S.O.S. Band and 52nd Street released extended mixes of club ballads, though the bottom isn't as thick, and it comes with three bonus minutes of Sly Stone-style rhythm box that facilitates more metaphorical macking. "Let the Groove Get In," something like a modernized hybrid of Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Starting Something" and Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," is undeniably festive. The relatively raw soul throwback "That Girl" adds a slight Southern touch and does not wander. "Suit & Tie," a lighthearted and goofily dashing throwback, serves the same flirty dancefloor purpose as "Rock Your Body," drawing from early- to mid-'70s soul instead of late-'70s disco-funk. Timberlake referred to the song, the lead single, as "just the wink." It's far from the only one here -- a pleasant and grown-up release from a charismatic entertainer.
Performance CreditsJustin Timberlake Primary Artist,Guitar
Mark Cargill Violin,Soloist
Reginald Dozier Horn Engineer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Keyboards
Benjamin Wright Orchestra Strings
Terry Santiel Percussion
Benjamin Wright Strings,Horn
Elliott Ives Guitar,Keyboards
Technical CreditsJohnny Hernandez Groomer
Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon Composer,Producer
Chris Godbey Engineer
Tim Mosley Composer
Justin Timberlake Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
James Fauntleroy Composer
Johnny Wildon Composer
Tennessee Kids Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Terrence Stubbs Composer
Charles Still Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was first introduced to the music from Justin Timberlake’s solo career around late 2002. I was hanging out with a group of friends inside of a shopping center in Yokosuka, Japan and heard the song “Like I Love You.” I also own his Future Sex Love Sounds collection and had to check “ The 20/20 Experience” in order to compare musical sounds. “The 20/20 Experience” is definitely a music departure from “Future Sex Love Sounds.” However, many of the songs are remarkable and there is something for various men and women in this compilation. Currently, I greatly enjoy the musical tracks “Pusher Love Girl”, “Suit &Tie”, “Spaceship Coupe”, “Let The Groove In”, and “Mirror”. Obviously, the most favorite songs are going to vary from person to person, but “The 20/20 Experience” by Justin Timberlake is a suitable collection for those who are open to listening to romantic R&B music with subtle hints of pop music.
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