‘The 20/20 Experience’: the perfect comeback



Timberlake returns to the music scene after seven years with his new album, ‘The 20/20 Experience.’

Seven years after making a small transition from the radio to the big screen, Justin Timberlake is back in the studio, much to teenage girls’ delight. Timberlake released his new album, “The 20/20 Experience”, with several appearances on Saturday Night Live, the Grammy Awards ceremony and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to promote his work.


Timberlake tries to mix the new with the old in “The 20/20 Experience.” The orchestra present on “FutureSex/LoveSounds” make a comeback on this album, along with producer Timbaland’s beats introduced in songs such as “Sexyback” and “Cry Me a River.” Although Timbaland does not perform with Timberlake in the album, his influence is definitely present in the songs.


One song that fans will immediately recognize as Timberlake’s style is “Mirrors,” another single that has the same Timbaland Productions sound that is on Timberlake’s previous albums. The one downside to this song is that it is one of the longer songs on the album. Fans should listen to the shorter radio version of this song.


The new additions to the album include a collaboration with Jay-Z in the popular song, “Suit and Tie.” The song was released as a single in January with Timberlake announcing his comeback on his Twitter account. “Suit and Tie” is just one of several songs that have an old school feel, with horn blasts and finger clicks. A sleek dance number, the song has already proven to be great with its success on the charts.


Most of the songs on the album continue with this retro-sound and Timberlake’s high range vocals. While the album is worth the purchase, only a few select songs demonstrate Timberlake’s talent in producing good music. “Pusher Love Girl” is a great dance number that fans of “Suit and Tie” should definitely listen to.


Timberlake does have different sounds on this album, such as the song “Let the Groove Get In,” that has a faster tempo and Caribbean-inspired melodies. Although the song is a bold move from Timberlake’s usual style, it is a successful change.


Other songs on the album aren’t as fortunate, such as “Don’t Hold the Wall,” which has a percussion style and instruments that make it sound like it was inspired by Tarzan. “Strawberry Bubblegum” is as bad as its title, and seems like a bad attempt to bring back the ‘N Sync sound. Although it is a smooth track, it isn’t as satisfying as Timberlake’s other songs.

Despite a few songs that aren’t as high quality, “The 20/20 Experience” is a great comeback album that should leave Timberlake fans satisfied. The good news for fans is that the tour for the new album will be in Baltimore this summer. Anyone that has ever enjoyed a song by Timberlake should try listening to this album.