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The 20/20 Experience sells out with punchy beats and promiscuous lyrics

JT. The man. The legend. Former boy-band heartthrob Justin Timberlake first branched out from his NSYNC roots to record solo albums Justified in 2002 and FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006, but his latest project, The 20/20 Experience, may be his best venture yet. After a six-year absence from the music scene, fans had high expectations of Timberlake’s new record. They were not disappointed; catchy tunes like debut single “Suit and Tie” will have you whistling the chorus for hours, and “Mirrors” keeps listeners interested enough to forget that it’s an 8-minute song. “That Girl” has a particularly punchy beat and is one of the highlights of this album, flaunting Timberlake’s vocal talent and adding a fresh R&B flavor to the mix. Check out “Let the Groove Get In” if you’re looking for something to jam out to- Timbaland, who produced Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and was featured in his megahit “SexyBack” reunites with the singer once again to create this song that is guaranteed to incite an impromptu dance party. The 20/20 Experience has enjoyed great success on the charts so far, debuting at the number one spot and selling over 980,000 copies in its first week. Timberlake performed “Suit and Tie” on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards and will be promoting his album on tour this summer with Jay-Z. The thing that makes this record so fabulous is that it is Justin Timberlake through and through. A lot of artists these days seem be changing their sound in an attempt to reach a wider audience (aka Tay Swift going hardcore pop), but Timberlake has stayed true to his style and developed into a mature and respected performer over the years. While none of the tracks on this album are going to be the new “Cry Me a River”, JT presents his fans with an excellent selection of poppy and promiscuous tunes that remind us all why we fell in love with him in the first place. Part Two of The 20/20 Experience is expected in late November of this year; in the meantime, pick up this album and treat yourself to Timberlake’s swoon-worthy chops.

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