Album review: Justin Timerlake's the 20/20 experience part 2
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 22:10
The second installment of Justin Timberlake’s album The 20/20 Experience was released on Sept. 30, six months after the first half of the album came out. It isn’t a regular occurrence for an artist to release two full-length albums six months apart from each other, and one might assume that the second album would be watered down, lesser tracks. This is not the case for Timberlake, as part two of The 20/20 Experience is an exemplary pop album.
It is apparent that the seven-year hiatus Timberlake took from the music industry was not in vain (yes, it’s hard to believe his last album was FutureSex/LoveSounds, released in 2006). While the first half of the album featured up-tempo tracks such as “Mirrors,” “Suit and Tie” and “Tunnel Vision” and proved to be a commercial success, the second half reveals Timberlake’s multi-faceted talent as an artist and encompasses multiple genres and subjects.
The two albums are good in their own respects, but it’s shocking that Timberlake wouldn’t want to release the tracks featured in the second installment in the first batch of songs. On top of that, the tracks are all extremely long, which at first glance looks very excessive. The longest track on the album (“Not a Bad Thing”), although 11:31, somehow manages to stay relevant and enjoyable to listen to.
In addition to this, the album as a whole is different from the first half. Timberlake did an exceptional job at making a diverse mix of songs. Hip-hop fans will be pleased with “Cabaret” and “Murder,” while “TKO” and “Drink You Away” will bring Timberlake fans back to his past heartbreak related tracks like “Cry Me A River” and “What Goes Around…/Comes Around…”
The album proves to be experimental and innovative, straying away from typical pop music sounds and lyrics, without evoking the feeling that Timberlake tried too hard. He gives fans some techno-sounding new age tracks, but goes back to the basics with others. It’s almost shocking at how an album with such a wide array of genres and subject matter can flow so effortlessly. Skeptics who expected Timberlake’s second portion of The 20/20 Experience to be underwhelming or too over-reaching will be pleasantly surprised by the album, and will have plenty of great tracks to listen to if the singer decides to take another long break from the music industry.