Album Review: Justin Timberlake- The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

After following his Instagram for what seemed to be years for clips of his new songs, Justin Timberlake fans finally got to indulge in the full versions of all the songs on his latest album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 that came out on September 27th from RCA Records. This album has more explicit tracks compared to the first installment, but still with the orchestral flourish similar to part one that gives it a classy touch.

The album opens with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” which starts acapella and is suggestive with JT’s flirty overtones. Maybe The 20/20 Experience is supposed to be like going on the first date with JT and part two is the more intimate part of the relationship. “Cabaret” features Drake in one long verse in which he and JT describes romancing with a stripper.  “True Blood” is essentially describing supernatural sexual tension seen in the TV show. The musical licks are mysterious and even have some howling-like background singing that evokes sci-fi, but it is modern and pop enough that I can see it being played in dance clubs. This album screams sex without getting overly descriptive which keeps it classier than some other R&B songs that are closer to 50 Shades.

Performed as the opening number to his performance at the VMAs, “Take Back the Night” has already been on the scene since the beginning of August and it heightens the fun level on the album and also shows off JT’s signature range with a disco melody. It’s perfect for listening to before a night out.

If you couldn’t get enough of the JT and Jay-Z collaborations from the Legends of the Summer tour, “Murder” puts them together again. This track is marked as explicit but it basically just describes a girl so hot that she’s killing them. I wasn’t as electrified by this track as much as I was for “Suit & Tie” or “Holy Grail,” but it’s nice to see two great artists coming together to work together for more than one track.

Overall, I prefer the first installment of the 20/20 Experience. I still like this album though because honestly, when can a girl ever have too much Justin Timberlake? Most of the excitement that comes from the first installment probably was caused by the new release of an album after seven years since his last release, FutureSex/LoveSounds. The sexy level is definitely turned up on this album.  I would play this album on repeat for days.

 

 

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