Hey hey hey people! After a little time away from the realm of music I’m returning with another music review and we’re gonna be reviewing Justin Timberlake’s 4th album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Now I loved the The 20/20 Experience (read my review for my thoughts) and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this second half for months and after listening to it 4 times I think I’m ready to review it.
So yeah The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 give us another JT album that again sounds new but familiar at the same time. The best way to describe this album in the JT and Timbaland production style from the early to mid-2000’s mixed in with a few different things. The end result is something that is nostalgic, sexy but at the same time a little underwhelming.
So let’s talk about the tracks specifically. The album opens with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)“, a great opening track that features a more familiar sound when it comes to R&B and it let’s you know this is a different kind of sound when compared to the first half of The 20/20 Experience. The way it starts up is sensual and awesome and that there’s that chorus, love it. Next up is “True Blood” a seductive song that has Timberlake and Timbaland doing what they do best, making killer music which is made for dancing and getting freaky to. While it is a little on the long side, it is great little song with some vampire references thrown in and I feel like the song is JT”s own version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” in some ways. And then we have “Cabaret” which honestly the stand out song on the album. When I first heard this song I instantly fell in love. I love everything about this song, it sounds dead gorgeous, sexy and is one of JT’s best songs ever and Drake’s contribution is also great. The best aspect is how it sounds just like the old Timbaland music style from the late 90’s to early 00’s, good stuff. “TKO” is another JT and Timbaland production that sounds like their older material, however, there’s something about this song that just doesn’t click with me, plus its bit longer than it needs to be.
Now we have “Take Back the Night“, the big song that served as lead single off of this album, which is totally different from the rest of the album (similar to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” from Random Access Memories). The song’s been described as an ode to Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall era of music and there are definitely similarities. I’ve been jamming to this song all summer and it is definitely addictive. “Murder” is the next good track on the album, I do like the music, JT’s lyrics and that chorus is really engaging. Jay-Z’s contribution to the song is decent and has some interesting lyrics, but I don’t feel like it is nearly as good as it was on “Suit & Tie” or as Drake on “Cabaret“. “Drink You Away” is a nice little tune about trying to get over someone with alcohol, it is a story that’s been told many times before, but JT makes it sound really good.
It is after this point where songs start losing their ‘wow factor’ and start becoming uninteresting and kind of dull.
“You Got It On” is a soppy, dull kind of love song that is just not for me. “Amnesia” is a decent song, but its length really kills it and that’s a shame because there are some moments of coolness especially when that second half kicks in. “Only When I Walk Away” is a strange song that again goes on for a while and has a few odd music influences, while “Not a Bad Thing” is not too bad of song but it is a bit soppy. And then there’s “Pair of Wings“, the hidden track which really goes on for far too long for my liking.
Oh, then there’s the two bonus tracks available on the deluxe edition of the album. First, there’s “Blindness” which has a nice relaxed little groove to it, but it doesn’t have any memorable aspects to it. And finally, there’s “Electric Lady” a calm little sexy groove of a song. There is a very beautiful and seductive nature of this song and it at least ends the album on a good note. While the last track is good, both of these extra tracks aren’t really as powerful as the songs from the first half of The 20/20 Experience.
My favourite tracks of the album:
- Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)
- True Blood
- Take Back The Night
- Drink You Away
- Electric Lady
In conclusion The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is a great second half to his previous album. I think this album will split fans and critics, some will complain that the JT didn’t continue his new sounds that he started in the last album, while others I think will enjoy the more conventional R&B sound. For me, I loved hearing a more familiar sound and great music production, however, I don’t think the album has the same engaging nature as the last album. I’d still recommend this album because there’s still a lot of kick ass tunes to enjoy.
Rating: 7.5/10 (The second half of The 20/20 Experience while not as hot as the first half definitely has some sexy sounds that shouldn’t be missed out on)
So what did you think of the The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo.