Timberlake back? Possibly. As the world of music has been rejoicing for the comeback of our begotten son, pop singer Justin Timberlake has been giving the people what they want through television takeovers and musical showcases. While it’s been almost 7 years since his 2006 release of FutureSex/LoveSounds, is this recent wave of too much Timberlake a bad thing? Despite unpopular opinion, the pop singer’s newest musical endeavors might hurt him more than help him.
1. Two-Part Trouble?
It is a known fact throughout the music world and Twittersphere that JT’s “Lovestoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)” is one of his most beautiful creations. As he teams up again with producer for The 20/20 Experience in its entirety, did he try too hard to duplicate greatness? Out of the 12 tracks on his upcoming album, more than half of the songs are two-part, longer than average tunes complete with a first and second half, melodic changes, and beat switch-ups. While it’s obvious he tried to emulate his 2007 single, was he successful in doing so, or are these interlude-attached songs becoming run into the ground?
In the debate of who should be included on a list of the greatest producers of our time, Timbaland is definitely up there… and JT knows that. With the success of previous tracks such as “SexyBack”, “My Love”, and “Summer Love”, the Timbo-Timber duo strikes again with The 20/20 Experience produced ENTIRELY by Timbaland. Although the production quality throughout the album is some of the greatest production we have heard from the Virginian producer in years, was JT really able to showcase his progression as a singer on this album?
3. TV Takeover?
Yes, it is true. It has been a total of 7 years since the talented Timberlake released his last album, but he has not been completely under the radar. Stepping out of the studio and onto the movie scene, Justin has been in more than a few movies during his musical hiatus: The Love Guru (2008), The Social Network (2010), Bad Teacher (2011) and Friends With Benefits (2011) just to name a few of his blockbuster hits. As the release date for The 20/20 Experience is around the corner (In stores Mar. 19th), Timberlake has been taking over late-night television by appearing on shows day-after-day such as Saturday Night Live, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and even 106 & Park. Any press is good press, but can too much press come off as slightly… annoying? I’ll let you be the judge.