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Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (Album Review)

Thursday, 21 March 2013 Written by Lara Rainsforth
Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience (Album Review)

It has been seven years since Justin Timberlake released his 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' album. 'The 20/20 Experience' is possibly one of the most anticipated albums of the past few years. Considering the time since 'FutureSex/LoveSounds', the follow-up, 'The 20/20 Experience', comes from a more mature Mr Timberlake. Was it worth waiting seven years for? Personally, I think it was.

Image'Pusher Love Girl' kicks the album off in style with a beautiful string opening and sets the mood perfectly for the remainder of the album. Just when you think the track is over, it's like a remix version of the track kicks in to keep you wondering if it is still the same track. 'Suit & Tie' really needs no introduction and the track was Justin's first new release in over six years. Featuring Jay-Z, the track exploded onto the charts with an R'n'B feel to it.

When the chords of 'Don't Hold The Wall' kick in, you immediately hear what sounds like tribal chants and drums. Don't be fooled by the threatening sound, because it is actually quite soothing to listen to, especially with the rise and fall of Timbaland’s vocal. 'Strawberry Bubblegum' is very cheesy with lyrics like "Hey hey hey, smacking that strawberry bubblegum" and "You and me that's the recipe for a good time". It is a fun track to listen and shouldn't be taken too seriously.

'Tunnel Vision' features Timbaland and his trademark beats and vocals make it one of the best tracks on the album. It wouldn't surprise me if this track was a heavy contender for a future single release. 'Spaceship Coupe' captures the feel and image of the album with a futuristic sound.

'That Girl' is influenced heavily by the sound of soul and brass instruments. Justin takes a slight step away from previous tracks that are clearly influenced by R'n'B and Rap sounds, showing he can deliver music of a different genre. 'Let The Groove Get In' has an electro-samba feel to it. As soon as I heard the track I could just picture it being huge when Justin takes to the stage. It perfectly fits the middle of the album to ensure fans are still enjoying 'The 20/20 Experience'.

'Mirrors' is by far another one of my favourite tracks and I literally can't stop hitting the repeat button. The song has been huge since its release. The lyrics are so powerful with many critics commenting that the track was written about his wife Jessica Biel. This epic track really confirms that Justin has a more mature sound and has come a long way musically since his earlier music. 'Blue Ocean Floor' starts to wind the album down with the soothing sounds of Justin's vocals and a soft melody. This track is stripped back with pure heartfelt lyrics.

Overall, this is an outstanding album from Justin after being away from music for so long. The album seemed never ending but in a good way as most tracks were close to around eight minutes long. The album has certainly lived up to the hype.

'The 20/20 Experience' is available now. Justin Timberlake returns to the UK this summer for a Wireless Festival appearance.

Justin Timberlake UK & Ireland Tour Dates are as follows:

Fri July 12th 2013 - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

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