Album Review: The 20/20 Experience

Justin_Timberlake_albumThe 20/20 Experience (2013)
Justin Timberlake

Album Rating: 4/5
Album Length: Too Long
Album Feel: Yes

 

I really want to like The 20/20 Experience.  Filled with engaging instrumentals, catchy pop hooks, and Justin Timberlake’s indescribable allure, all of the tracks are entertaining and there are a lot of high points.  But because of the lyrical content you’re expecting a pure pop album, but only two tracks don’t hit the six-minute mark.  Songs like “Let The Groove In,” “Spaceship Coupe,” and “Don’t Hold The Walls” are more repetitive than creative or expansive, and are at times overly corny, making you lose interest after the first 4 or 5 minutes.  At the same time “Tunnel Vision” and “Blue Ocean Floor” are extremely engaging, and are easily the best tracks Timbaland has produced since the late 90s, or at least since JT’s last studio album.  On The 20/20 Experience JT has created is something original, a genre separate from pop, R&B, and hip-hop, that only he and maybe Frank Ocean are doing right now.

Best Tracks: “Blue Ocean,” “Suit and Tie,” “Tunnel Vision,” “Mirrors”
Worst Tracks: “Spaceship Coupe”

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