I asked whether the “Prince of Pop” was back. The single alone could not answer the question. Now his album is finally out, and I finally have my answer.
The question is not whether or not this album is good. “The 20/20 Experience” sold nearly a million units within its first week of release. So yes, it’s good. Is the “Prince of Pop” back? No.
What we have here is a rather easygoing trip through some funky tunes. I still hate Suit & Tie. Jay-Z ruins Timberlake’s groove.
I’m OK with this, and here’s why. The rest of the album is filled to the brim with his ‘groove’ that it doesn’t bother me much that there’s a weak track on the record. I don’t even really like this genre much. I prefer fast and upbeat music similar to older Timberlake and Nsync. This album does it’s best to show that Justin Timberlake doesn’t have to jump in on the ‘techno’ pop craze or the folk pop that seems to be ruling the airwaves.
In fact, Timberlake sounds so out of place on pop radio that it isn’t even funny. His take on R&B seems fresh after a few years of heavy-hitting dance and/or baroque pop dominating.
So what am I trying to say exactly?
Go run out and purchase this album as fast as you can. If you’re not into running, I would get it on a mobile device or PC.
There’s just something special about running two miles to Wal-Mart.
Here, I’ll make it easy for you: