July 12, 2013

Justin Timberlake - Take Back The Night

How do you critique the man who seems like he can do no wrong? How do you give him a pat on the back without crowning him as 'The New King of Pop?' As someone who has watched this man's career in awe since, yes, even his 'N Sync days, the answer is...you shut up, press play and hope that there isn't another 7 year hiatus that stops him from making music (even if the single artwork is laughable).

Take Back The Night, may sound simple upon first listen but the mix is absolutely exquisite. The song serves as the first single off of The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) even though (1 of 2)'s Tunnel Vision just got released. While JT has never claimed to be Dylan-esque in his lyricism (just see the "Hi my name is Bob and I work at my job" debacle here), the combination of his voice and Timbaland's production leaves you giving a fuck less. Quincy and Michael left a lot of fluff on Thriller's, 9 tracks and things seemed to work out okay for them.

But the absolute best part of Justin Timberlake's lengthy repertoire is his mastery of the 'breakdown.' My God. How can one guy turn something so lame into something so catchy? Fellas, don't act like you haven't answered his request to call out "It feels like somethin's heatin' up..." on Senorita or beatboxed along as Lovestoned turned into the ballad I Think She Knows. JT knows what works for him and while at 32 years of age we may never again see the total fashion, dance and musical domination we did in 2006, at least we know he's got a lot left in the tank.

The Straight Goods Media team will be at Rogers Centre on the 17th when Jay-Z and JT kick off their Legends of the Summer tour in Toronto. Full report to follow. And the horns say...

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