Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Is All Set To Bring The Sexy-Cool Rat Pack Era Back: Album Releases On March 19 And Is Currently Streaming On iTunes
Justin Timberlake’s album – The 20/20 Experience, is set to release on March 19 but it hits iTunes this Monday. A good stream to get along!
The singer-actor’s first album in seven years is easily one of the most anticipated albums of 2013. And by the fawning of the critics, it would appear Timberlake hasn’t missed a beat since taking a break from music to pursue a film career.
With the record’s 10 tracks clocking in at an average of seven minutes each, taking interesting twists and dissolving into cool codas that wouldn’t make the radio edits. Justin with the help of longtime producer-collaborator Timbaland, mixes up his R&B pop rhythms with some boundary-pushing flourishes, among them shout-outs to Afrobeat, Punjabi-inflected Bhangra and electronica. The grooves are also supplemented with lush horn and string arrangements, like the album’s first single, “Suit & Tie,” giving Timberlake’s new sound an old-school Rat Pack – era vibe.
While the previous albums were more about instant-gratification pop, The 20/20 Experience is the more challenging vision of an artist creating a cohesive work rather than a collection of singles.
Critics like Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone said, “Its sense of musical space-time is more elastic and sprawling than anything on the radio … Songs unfurl into vamps, abruptly change keys, pile on unexpected beats and harmonies. The music is catchy, but the emphasis is on rhythm and flow.” Rosen continued: “The 20/20 Experience may test the patience of fans expecting immediate gratification. There are no songs as instantly infectious as ‘Like I Love You’ or ‘SexyBack,’ nothing that cuts as deep as ‘Cry Me a River’ or ‘My Love.’ But eventually the music sinks its teeth in, even on the wooziest of songs.”
MTV’s James Montgomery said “The 20/20 Experience is just an album … even if it does
come after a near seven-year hiatus from music. And in that regard, it is a tremendous triumph, an artfully anachronistic effort from Timberlake that eschews just about every preconceived notion of popular music in 2013 — radio-friendly running times, a dearth of actual instrumentation, etc — and confidently carves out its own niche. It’s part Frank Sinatra, part Frank Ocean, and it plays out gradually, languidly, as if JT and Timbaland never want the party to end. Is it perhaps too long? Sure. Will it mystify a portion of his fanbase? Undoubtedly. But you get the feeling Timberlake could care less.”
Entertainment Weekly praised the album for sticking to the “JT formula: golden
falsetto, electro-R&B grooves,” they argued the album was too slow over all. The album was “lacking in the flashy tap-dance energy that made him a giant solo success when he was 23. Maybe he wants to be the young Frank Sinatra.” EW also compares the album to Timberlake’s foray into acting during his musical hiatus, saying, “Even when Timberlake’s not singing his way through a big-screen drama on 20/20, the music has a cool, cinematic vibe.”
The Network announced Tuesday that it has scheduled a one-hour special coinciding with the release of Timberlake’s third solo effort at 8 p.m. March 19, the same day The 20/20 Experience hits stores.
With one of the longest titles, “Target Presents the IHeartRadio Album Release Party With Justin Timberlake,” the special will feature performances and interviews with Timberlake.
It will be taped from Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre during the album-release party March 18, which will include a 30-minute radio special revealing the story behind the making of the album.
An eight-minute world premiere of his new music video will also be part of the special. An encore will air Friday, March 22, at 8 p.m.
Timberlake has been making the rounds as the release date for his album nears. After wrapping up his fifth stint hosting Saturday Night Live this past weekend, the singer- actor kicked off a weeklong stay on NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Monday.
This is maybe the best sounding album you’ll hear all year. So what are you waiting for? 19th march? Go get a taste as the album is streaming on iTunes.