Justin Timberlake‘s first album in seven years — “The 20/20 Experience” — debuted Tuesday to good notices. Expect great sales for this disc, especially with a big promotional push by the savvy singer that saw him hosting “Saturday Night Live” as well as fronting his own special on the CW.
In his rave review, Mesfin Fekadu (AP) said, “it’s a brilliant piece of work that plays like a musical movement. The 10 tracks (which average seven minutes) weave into one another beautifully as his falsetto glides over each beat. It’s an unconventional adventure that makes your bones groove.
Elysa Gardner (USA Today) was equally enthusiastic, noting “the new collection picks up where 2006’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ left off and, eventually, explores love and sex from the perspective of a more mature chap.”
That disc contended for Album of the Year at the Grammys, losing to the Dixie Chicks‘ “Taking the Long Way Home.” In 2004, Timberlake’s debut as a solo artist — “Justified” — had lost this top prize to “Speakerboxxx/The Love Below” by Outcast.
Timberland has won just six of his 28 Grammy bids. “Justified” took Pop Vocal Album while the single “Cry Me A River” earned him Pop Male Performance. Four tracks from his sophomore album were winners: both”SexyBack” and “Love Stoned” claimed Dance Recording, “My Love” won Rap/Sung Collaboration and “What Goes Around … Comes Around” earned Pop Male Performance.
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