So, Justin Timberlake is finally ready to return to music. In a teasing video, he claimed to be ready. And, according to the reaction after his already-famous Tweet, so is the rest of the world. After three days, what actually felt like three years, Justin released Suit & Tie and announced the album The 20/20 Experience. The song already has the world -including me- going crazy, so here are six things I’d like to point out.
Robin Thicke was trending, not Justin Timberlake
Right after the song was made public, not Justin Timberlake was a trending topic, but Robin Thicke. It’s not even that surprising, considering the similarities between the singers. Both can be considered to be blue-eyed-soul-singers and the high-class Suit & Tie refers to, is not unfamiliar for Robin Thicke. Some people even say JT copied Thicke’s style, but I wouldn’t go that far. Justified came out in ’02 and Robin Thicke was a little bit later with ‘his’ music. So yeah, I understand the comparison, but it has absolutely nothing to do with stealing someones style1.
Jay Z’s verse is actually pretty weak
When one of my favorite singers of the last decade teams up with one of my favorite rappers of the last decade (and a half), you expect nothing but greatness. Unfortunately, this is not the case. I think Justin lived up to the hype, with some nice lyrics and his familiar-yet-very-missed high voice. As for Jay Z, not so much. Mr. Carter sounds uninspired and uninterested. Even Ryan Leslie already recorded a better verse than Jay Z, and he’s got like 0.97% of Jay’s rap skills2.
The 20/20 Experience. What’s that supposed to mean?
Justin dubbed his album The 20/20 Experience. What could it possibly mean? Is it his version of Jay’s 40/40 Club? Or is it a reference to the amount of songs on the album? As Billboard reported, Timberlake has recorded around twenty songs for the upcoming record. For now, we’re still in the dark. If you have any ideas, let me know.
Timbaland’s best beat in years
Timbo’s beats from the past years weren’t really good, to say the least. But Timberlake always brings out the best in Timbaland. The sound of Suit & Tie is at the same time classic and refreshing. It might not be as far ahead of time as the beats of FutureSex/LoveSounds3, but it’s definitively good. I can’t wait to hear the other collaborations between the two.
Wasn’t JT on his suit & tie shit when he released FutureSex/LoveSounds?
Isn’t this some suit and tie shit:
I’d say: YES! So, this whole suit & tie thing isn’t really new, but who cares?
Will Justin and Beyonce save the world from EDM?
When it was clear there was new Timberlake music coming our way, I feared he might have lost his mind and release some EDM-influenced single. But luckily my nightmare didn’t come true. The smooth, laid-back sound of Suit & Tie is actually quite the opposite of the EDM-craze. Just like Beyonce, it seems like Justin wants to bring the good-old days of R&B and soul back. It is about time.
- All of this is about the Robin Thicke after A Beautiful World. But since most people know Thicke only as the guy from hits like Magic and Lost Without You, this shouldn’t be a problem. ↩
- It’s good to see that Leslie knows this. As he rhymes: “Welcome back JT, heard you got a record with the homie Jay Z / So for me to jump on it, I must be crazy” followed by the nice line “But girl they’re both married, baby you can date me”. ↩
- For me, SexyBack actually sounded too ahead of it’s time. It took a spin or 200 before I could enjoy the song and the album. ↩