by Justin Timberlake
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Give Justin Timberlake credit for this: he has ambition. He may not have good instincts and he may bungle his execution, but he sure has ambition and he has ever since he was the leading heartthrob in *NSYNC. He drove the teen pop quintet to the top of the charts, far exceeding their peers the Backstreet Boys, and when the group could achieve no more, he eased into a solo career that earned him great sales and a fair amount of praise, largely centered on how he reworked the dynamic sound of early Michael Jackson at a time when Jacko was so hapless he turned away songs that later became JT hits, as in the Neptunes-propelled "Rock Your Body." That song and "Cry Me a River" turned his 2002 solo debut, Justified, into a blockbuster, which in turn meant that he started to be taken seriously -- not just by teens-turned-adult, but also some rock critics and Hollywood, who gave him no less than three starring roles in the wake of Justified. Those films all fell victim to endless delays -- Alpha Dog aired at Sundance 2006 but didn't see release that year, nor did Black Snake Moan, which got pushed back until 2007, leaving Edison Force, a roundly panned Shattered Glass-styled thriller that sneaked out onto video, as the first Timberlake film to see the light of day -- but even if silver screen stardom proved elusive, Timberlake didn't seem phased at all, and his fall 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds proves why: he'd been pouring all his energy into his second album to ensure that he didn't have a sophomore slump. If Michael Jackson was the touchstone for Justified, Prince provides the cornerstone of FutureSex/LoveSounds, at least to a certain extent -- Timbaland, Timberlake's chief collaborator here (a move that invites endless, and endlessly funny "Timbaland/Timberlake" jokes), does indeed spend plenty of time on FutureSex refurbishing the electro-funk of Prince's early-'80s recordings, just like he did with Nelly Furtado's Loose, and Timberlake's obsession with sex does indeed recall Prince's carnivorous carnality of the early '80s. But execution is everything, particularly with Timberlake, and if the clumsy title of FutureSex/LoveSounds wasn't a big enough tip-off that something is amiss here -- the clear allusion to Speakerboxxx/The Love Below would seem like an homage if there weren't the nagging suspicion that Timberlake didn't realize that the OutKast album bore that title because it was two records in one -- a quick listen to the album's opening triptych proves that Timberlake doesn't quite bring the robotic retro-future funk he's designed to life. Hell, a quick look at the titles of those first three songs shows some cracks in the album's architecture, as they reveal how desperate and literal Timberlake's sex moves are. Each of the three opening songs has "sex" sandwiched somewhere within its title, as if mere repetition of the word will magically conjure a sex vibe, when in truth it has the opposite effect: it makes it seem that Timberlake is singing about it because he's not getting it. Surely his innuendos are bluntly obvious, packing lots of swagger but no machismo or grace. They merely recycle familiar scenarios -- making out on the beach, dancing under hot lights, acting like a pimp -- in familiar fashions, marrying them to grinding, squealing synths that never sound sweaty or sexy; if they're anything, they're the sound of bad anonymous sex in a club, not an epic freaky night with a sex machine like, say, Prince. But Prince isn't the only idol Justin Timberlake wants to emulate here. Like any young man with a complex about his maturity, he wants to prove that he's an adult now by singing not just about sex but also serious stuff, too -- meaning, of course, that drugs are bad and can ruin lives. Like the Arctic Monkeys deploring the scummy men who pick up cheap hookers in Sheffield, Timberlake has read about the pipe and the damage done -- he may not have seen it, but he sure knows that it happens somewhere, and he's put together an absurd Stevie Wonder-esque slice of protest pop in "Losing My Way," where he writes in character of a man who had it all and threw it all away, or, to use Timberlake's words, "Hi, my name is Bob/And I work at my job," which only goes to show that Timberlake lacks a sense of grace no matter what he chooses to write about. Graceless he may be, but Timberlake is nevertheless kind of fascinating on FutureSex/LoveSounds since his fuses a clear musical vision -- misguided, yes, but clear all the same -- with a hammyness that only a child entertainer turned omnipresent 21st century celebrity can be. Timberlake yearns to be taken seriously, to be a soulful loverman like Marvin Gaye coupled with the musical audaciousness of Prince, yet still sell more records than Michael Jackson -- and he not only yearns for that recognition, he feels entitled to it, so he's cut and pasted pieces from all their careers, cobbling together his own blueprint, following it in a fashion where every wrong move is simultaneously obvious and surprising. There is no subtlety to his music, nor is there much style -- he's charmless in his affectations, and there's nothing but affectations in his music. At least this accumulation of affectations does amount to a semblance of personality this time around -- he's still a slick cipher as a singer, yet he is undeniably an auteur of some sort, one who has created an album that's stilted and robotic, but one who doggedly carries it through to its logical conclusion, so the club jams and slow jams both feel equally distant and calculated. There is, however, a flair within the production, particularly in how foreign yet familiar its retro-future vibe sounds.~ [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/12/2006
Label: Jive
UPC: 0828768817421
catalogNumber: 88174

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Timberlake   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Beat Box,Choir Director
Davis A. Barnett   Cello,Viola
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Kevin Brandon   Bass
Mark Cargill   Violin,Concert Master
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Jeff Clayton   Flute
Yvette Devereaux   Violin
Melvin Dunlap   Bass
Ernest Ehrhardt   Viola
James Gadson   Drums
Robert James   Choir, Chorus
Valarie King   Flute
Clarence McDonald   Organ
Darryl Pearson   Bass
Jimbo Ross   Viola
Nancy Stein-Ross   Viola
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Pastor Hezekiah Walker   Narrator
John Wittenberg   Violin
Ida Bodin   Bass
Susan Chatman   Violin
Smokey Hormel   Guitar
Three 6 Mafia   Vocals,Rap
Michele Nardone   Viola
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Timbaland   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Various,Rap,Beat Box
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Peggy Baldwin   Viola
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Timothy Landauer   Cello
Igor Szwec   Violin
SuSu Bobien   Choir, Chorus
Darrin McCann   Viola
Patrick Morgan   Viola
Bill Pettaway   Guitar
Thomas Warren   Choir, Chorus
will.i.am   Keyboards,Rap
Craig Wiggins   Choir Director
Mary Collymore   Choir, Chorus
Brian Benning   Violin
Ahmed Wallace   Choir, Chorus
Cameron Patrick   Viola
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Paul Blake   Guitar
Renee Smith   Choir, Chorus
T.I.   Rap
Jennifer Levin   Violin
Kaleb Speir   Bass
Andrew Duckles   Viola
James Ford   Trumpet
Michele Richards   Violin
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Jenny DLorenzo   Cello
Philippa "Pip" Clarke   Violin
Heather Covington   Choir, Chorus
Salvator Cracchiolo   Trumpet
Hope Lawrence   Choir, Chorus
Melinda Michelle   Choir, Chorus
Oresa Napper   Choir, Chorus
Imani Welch   Choir, Chorus
Gloria Justen   Violin
Giovanna Moraga Clayton   Viola
Mario de León   Violin
Matthew Funes   Viola
Richard Adkins   Violin
Pam Gates   Violin

Technical Credits

Jawbreaker   Producer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Rick Rubin   Producer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Timbaland   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
Tim Mosley   Composer
Roudy Michel   Choir Contractor
will.i.am   drum programming
Johnny Wright   Management
Craig Wiggins   Choir Arrangement
Justin Timberlake   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Choir Arrangement
Kobie Brown   Sample Clearance
Catherine Furniss   grooming
Ethan Willoughby   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Padraic Kerin   Engineer
Andros Rodriguez   Engineer
Lynn Harless   Management
Paul Harless   Management

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Futuresex/Lovesounds 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
JVDANTES More than 1 year ago
I love all the JT songs in this CD!!! his music way too sexy... and he's also sexy! hahhaa
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has some very sexual, danceable tracks. I, for one, love the single SexyBack and couldn't wait to get my hands on this album. I was also curious to see if he had evolved from his last album and after hearing Future Sex/Love Sounds, Justin has finally live up to his potential. Although he still allows other artists to influence his music (more Prince than Michael), Justin really has created a niche for himself and adds some nice transition throughout his entire album. The Prince vibe from the title track is one my favorite songs in this album. The song is really sexy and fun as well as "Sexyback." The next 3 tracks on the CD are some of the stronger numbers. "Sexy Ladies...."(70’s funk vibe), "My Love"(techno vibe), and "Love Stoned," (lots of beat and harmonies) are completely different from each other with different sounds that works out real well. Justin really shows his maturity with 3 solid slow jams. Out of the three, my favorite is "Until the End of Time,"(prince vibe) because he really throws down an R &B vibe in this one. "Summer Love..." is also great because it has a fun vibe with the attached song "Set the Mood" which is really short but sweet at the same time. "What Goes Around..." is a great track it sounds as though it came from one of the ballads on Justified as well as “My Love.” He gets down with 3-6 Mafia in "Chop Me Up" which isn’t bad it has great thumping beats and lyrics. "Damn Girl" with Will.I.Am (funk Prince Vibe) is another favorite due to the live band sound. Some of the tracks either end with a prelude or interlude which blend and lead into the following song very nicely. Timbaland and Justin clearly work’s well with each other. His songs will clearly be a standout on radio while others might blend in. There’s no need to write this guy off whether you buy this album or not because he managed to create another good solo album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most singers/songwriters go through the sophomore album slump but Timberlake breaks through with a great album, with production by Timbaland, who is one of the top producers in the business, recently producing Nelly Furtado's album. If you liked Justin's fist album even a little bit, go buy this album, it's definitely worth the money...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd! Its one of my faves, and I listen to Sexyback, Lovestoned, What Comes Around and Summer Love at least once a day! Justin is the complete package... cute, talented, smart, funny and most importantly...he has an awesome cd!!! I love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great songs, pretty voice, catchy beats-what else can you say? Using the end of the songs as sore of an interlude into the next song is good on some of the songs but not all of them. Tracks 2,3,4,5,6,8,10 & 12 are my faves. If only they had added guitar to "What Goes Around"-like it was performed on SNL in Dec 2006-that would have made it all the better. Maybe there will be a live album soon from the tour? But, this was money well spent!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is decent. It in no way compares to his first album "Justified" which was great for his first time out as a solo artist but it has some decent songs. The beats are a little too "out there" for my liking but it's worth the buy for a true JT fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
if i could i would give it no stars he sounds awful in Sexyback andi listened to it on line it is awful i hate it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is great!!! Love all the songs, listened to them online. JT did a great job on this album. Can't wait for it to come out and buy it! You should buy this album if you like his others!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was disapointed in this album. The songs sound too much like the BeeGees if they tried to get all too sexy with studio tricks. It sounds like he stole some riffs from them. Is Mr. Timberlake trying to prove to us once and for all that he is not a homosexual? Don't buy this album is you are offended by sexually suggestive lyrics and questionably erotic beats. It will not have a good effect on your children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album show just how much JT has grown up...I loved Justified...but I realllllly love FurtureSex/LoveSounds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didnt like this CD at all.. WAY too much sex appeal! I loved sexyback but the rest was just too cheesy! His first CD was way better!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin Timberlake is the only former member of a boy band to mature into a world class singer/songwriter. His new album is brilliantly produced and skillfully performed with excellent musicians and top notch collaborations with T.I. and Three 6 Mafia. When he performed What Goes Around...Comes Around on Saturday Night Live, playing the piano with an incredible guitarist doing an extended rock solo, millions of people who had not heard his music became instant fans.Chop Me Up and My Love are hip hop genius,and Futurex/Lovesound show that he can write almost any kind of song and make it work. His falsetto is sometimes annoying to some, but it's part of his style and it actually works on most of his songs. Although I'm not a huge fan of pop and rap/hip-hop, I couldn't help but to include him in my book The Bachelors Bible as one of today's most creative and inovative artists.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The title of the CD is Futuresex/Lovesounds... of course it's going to have sexual lyrics and erotic sounds, what did you expect?? lol I love Justin... although his voice can sometimes be a little too high, he's a great artist, and I love his music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The only reason Justified sold was because people were expecting some NSYNC minus the 4 backup singers. It did a great job with delivering mainly due to production by Chad Hugo, not Pharrell Williams. This new album if you can call it that is creativity going down the drain with Timbaland and some other R&B "producers" as a floation device that deflates too soon. No one can come close to singing as good as Timberlake and 2 or 3 songs proves that and saves this album from becoming a completely boring experience. When he appears on JC Chasez's new album, it would be wise for them to stick with a formula that works.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is awesome, I love every track. Timberlake has soul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always been a huge fan of Justin, but I didn't expect the album to be as amazing(hence the headline) as it is. Each song has something special or some sort of surprise. It's addicting...in a good way. Buy it...it's definitely worth the money!
Guest More than 1 year ago
some songs were good like sexy back and my love but some were not
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truthfully, I am not the biggest JT fan, but after hearing that it was a great CD, I decided to give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised. From the beginning to the end, I loved it! You can def. hear the influences from Prince to other great artists. Would recommend without a doubt!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was never a real Justin Timberlake fan...have to admit that. Inicially listening to SexyBack I was not convinced either. But after watching the song and his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards I was stunned...What a terrific show he gave there performing My Love and SexyBack. The he moved...amazing!!! Got a hold of the album and I LIKE IT!!! It is worth it people...
Guest More than 1 year ago
The headline says it all
Guest More than 1 year ago
Justin is back! Amazing,deep,fun,dance record! He knows how to work it!He still kept r'n'b and added a little bit of hip-hop flavor to his style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album proves there is no such thing as the "sophomore jinks". It doesnt get any better. Justin Timberlake has done it again!! Great album!!! Keep up the good music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coming from a boy band Justin has really found his own genre and style of music. This CD really shows his individuality as an artist and I really enjoyed listining to this incredible talent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like most vocal pop/R&B albums, the single is the only track that 90% of the album owners listen to. That is definitely the case with Futuresex/Lovesounds. One of the reviewers was disappointed in this album because of the extreme amount of "sex appeal." I think that's a bit of an understatement. Music is art - a way of expressing one's self - but it seemed like Timberlake wasn't expressing himself, but his libido. I think he wanted to make sure we all knew he wasn't a homosexual - which makes this clear. But now most of us just believe he is obsessed with sex. The single, Sexyback, is an example, but the track has a great sound to it and is very addicting. But that's just about it. Don't purchase the whole album. Just buy the single or take your friend's album and rip the tracks from him/her. That will save you money and then you can keep what songs you will personally enjoy.