Justin Timberlake is back with a supplement to his long awaited third album ‘The 20/20 Experience’. This time Justin Timberlake returns with a fourth follow up album ‘The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2’. ‘The 20/20 Experience’ was highly successful and was critically acclaimed, even being dubbed as one of the year’s best albums. The album was released on September 27, 2013 in Australia by RCA Records through Sony Music Australia.
The debut single “Take Back the Night”, written by Timberlake himself and produced by Timbaland, has a sensational rhythm which is heavily influenced by 80s pop music, such as Michael Jackson, and yet Timberlake’s vocals on this track initiates a slightly soulful tone to the overall song. The epic sounds of the big band – the inclusion of strings, and a trumpet adds another dimension to such an epic song.
Another stand out track ‘Murder’ is particularly striking because it is upbeat, which is complete contrast to its dark and sinister lyrics. This proving to be one of the greater tracks of the album with the addition of a rap from Justin Timberlake’s long time friend, Jay-Z, who also rapped on JT’s highly successful debut single ‘Mirror’, off part one of the album.
Justin Timberlake’s wide variety of music influences is made particularly apparent on this album compared to its counterpart. ‘True Blood’ has a somewhat Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ type quality, and ‘Drink You Away’ combines gospel, blues and soul music with pop, which is a clear tribute to his hometown of Memphis. ‘Amnesia’ incorporates 90s R’n’B sounds, similar to that of his debut album ‘Justified’ and ‘Only When I Walk Away’ mixing pop with rock with its inclusion of an electric guitar.
Not only were these elements on display but also Justin Timberlake’s renowned falsetto was showcased in ‘Cabaret’, which features collaboration with rap artist Drake. It is worth noting however, that at times, songs were slight overproduced.
To end the album, JT returns back to his roots of pure pop. The song combines elements of all stages of in his career, from his ‘NSync days, to his more mature solo work in ‘FutureSex/Love Sounds’ and ‘Justified’s heart throbbing love anthems.
Overall, the album is a showcase of both the combination of music and the versatility in Justin Timberlake’s repertoire. From his early days with *Nsync to his solo debut album to the styling of his new music, the record incorporates soul, pop, gospel, rock music combined with lyrics that discuss themes of both romance and sex.