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March 27, 2013

20/20 Experience Review

by Leon Phanrana

After nearly a seven-year hiatus, Justin Timberlake is back with his third studio album called 20/20 Experience. With his first two singles off the album “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” being a hit, people anticipated the long-awaited return of Justin Timberlake to music. The album contains twelve tracks.

Looking at all the tracks of the album, they are all longer than your normal three minutes and thirty seconds for a song, totaling eighty minutes to listen to the whole album from start to finish. Mostly all the tracks seem to be two different songs on one track, which is apparent from the first track titled “Pusher Love Girl”. I applaud Justin on doing that; it brings something different to most of the songs I listen to. The theme of this album is having a classy-like swagger-to-romance instead of your snapbacks-and-tank-tops-like swag, which is great because you don’t find those kinds of themes in albums very often. All tracks on this album are about romance or about a girl (which kind of gets repetitive at times). I think that some songs are about his wife, especially “Mirrors” and “Spaceship Coupe,” which gives the theme of romance and love, but does not detract from the song. Besides his first two singles off the album, my favorite track is “Tunnel Vision”. It has a great rhythm to it and his signature beatboxing skills in the song.

Overall, I enjoy every track on this album. If you are on an eighty minute car drive or flight, this album is a great listen. The only downfall I have with this album is there is no variety in the type of songs; they are all about romance and love, which can get old. I give the 20/20 Experience 8 suit and ties out of 10. It is a very warm welcome back to Justin Timberlake to the music scene, and hopefully we’ll see more sometime in the near future.

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