The latest album from Justin Timberlake is â€˜Futuresex/Lovesoundsâ€™ is certainly an interesting listen, mixing the old and the new does it compare to his debut â€˜Justifiedâ€™? To be honest itâ€™s a 50/50 spilt- in some ways yes, in others no.
The album kicks off with its title track, a techno 80â€™s tinged number with keyboards, synths and a bass line reminiscent of â€˜Another One Bites The Dustâ€™. A saucy opener that sets the mood for Timberlakeâ€™s current single â€˜Sexy Backâ€™, like â€˜Futuresex/Lovesoundsâ€™ is a great tune to dance to, but with its own seductive and distinctive sound produced buy the layers of sounds and distorted vocals. He really is bringing sexy back with this injection of difference and maturity into the pop scene.
The 80â€™s style continues with â€˜Sexy Ladiesâ€™- a narcissistic song to say the least; "I know a little girlie from uptown whoâ€™s waiting get it to me/ I know a little betty from downtown whoâ€™ll do anything that I please", nonetheless itâ€™s a good floor filler, even if it does go on a bit. Flipping from then to now â€˜My Loveâ€™ is more akin to todayâ€™s music with faded rave sound overlaid with beats and strong vocals, and it does alright until what sounds like a wheezing chipmunk starts up in the background. â€˜Lovestonedâ€™ is a nod towards Motown and shockingly Timberlake brings in a more epic rock element into his sound with â€˜What Goes Aroundâ€¦â€™. This number cuts a little deeper and gives Timberlake a little more cred as a musician because he shows just how far he can push his boundaries here. The only danger is that the pop purists are more than likely to hit â€˜skipâ€™ for this one.
But in complete contrast, the rest of the album, with the exception of â€˜Damn Girlâ€™ and â€˜Poseâ€™ sounds like your average R nâ€™ B scene- samey and boring. It is as if the album is divided in to two halves- the first is Timberlakeâ€™s experimental and serious side, and the latter half is just a fan pleaser. In all honesty it was all too good to be true that the superstar appeared to really take his music seriously by experimenting with his sound, so the chunk of crap that makes up the last part of â€˜Futuresex/Lovesoundsâ€™ is unsurprising. In an attempt to round off the album â€˜Poseâ€™ featuring Snoop Dogg brings back the earlier styles Justin Timberlake used initially, but it doesnâ€™t mask over that fact youâ€™ve had to waste that last 5 or so songs to listen to it.