The 20/20 Experience is the latest album by Justin Timberlake, who has undoubtedly come a long way from his N’SYNC days. The album went straight to #1 on the Billboard charts, remained so for three consecutive weeks, and is now firmly holding on to the #3 spot. Though short in song quantity, it makes up for it in quality, with songs ranging from five to eight minutes. Produced by his longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland, together, the duo make a new sound that is rich with soul and elegance. The title of the album, The 20/20 Experience, presents the idea that the music is for seeing, and not just for hearing. The album in itself is an experience, showing listeners multiple love stories from all angles. All bases are covered, with songs ranging from the upbeat Tunnel Vision, Spaceship Coupe, and Let the Groove Get In to the dismal Mirrors, and Blue Ocean Floor. 20/20 is innovative, and displays a rich and mature sound, mirroring a personal growth in Timberlake’s illustrious career and personal life.
The album begins on a high note with his signature falsetto on display in Pusher Love Girl, and continues strong throughout the album. It goes without saying; Justin Timberlake is charming, suave, and multi-talented, and so he has no problem holding his own. The only featured song is with rapper Jay-Z, who lends a verse to Suit & Tie, which naturally became an instant hit. However, the rest of the album is strictly Timberlake, with some minor involvement from producer Timbaland. Blue Ocean Floor is a personal favorite and, in my opinion, a somber resolution to the album, presenting a mystical and alluring sound.
It has been reported that the second half of The 20/20 Experience will be released in November, so one can only assume that the song acts as a transition to the new album that will hopefully end on a more cheery note. With Timberlake’s neo-soul vibe and consistent musical quality, this album is sure to stand the test of time.