Thursday, August 31, 2006

Album Review: Justin Timberlake - FutureSex/LoveSounds

Release Date: September 12, 2006
Record Label: Jive Records


I got pretty excited when Rolling Stone hyped up Justin Timberlake's new album. In a in the studio sort of deal, Timberlake said that he once read a quote where John Lennon said something about when you think of a chorus, use it as the verse. Justin said thats we strived toward for this album. JT also claimed that Timbaland, producer of most the album, hit every beat out of the park. I'm gullable when it comes to music. I want music to be so great all the time, any chance to possibly have a home run album, my gullable self dives into it. Justified, Timberlake's debut album had hyper good singles, so I knew the talent was available.

When I heard that "Sexyback" was out in the open, I had to run to hear it. Problem was that I was in Florida for vacation, at my grandparent's home, where the technology level is steep. They had a computer, but no internet. So I was forced to go through endless listens to both tandoms of the Simpsons, Cassie, Promiscuous for the 8th billionth time, and Crazy on the radio. But I couldn't get my hands on "Sexyback". So not being able to find this song, even hyped it more. Eventually, I went to my sister, Kerri and her husband Chris' house. Internet at last. I went straight to JT's site. "Sexyback" streamed right out, and I thought it wasn't real at first. At how much it sucked. It just sounded like the song to the official Allen Iverson shoe site. So I showed Kerri the song, telling her she wasn't going to like it. But one second in, we both were bobbing our heads. I then discovered that "Sexyback" is ultimate. My confidence was at an all-time high for this album.

So when I saw that Justin Timberlake's full album laying nicely on a forum, I didn't hesitate for a second. This shit was going on my hardrive. "FutureSex/LoveSounds" opens the album with a funked up bassline. When Justin says 'Just tell me which way you like that', it's straight out of "Another Bites The Dust". The hips and shoulders are flinging at all seconds. "Lovestoned/I Think She Knows Interlude" Justin releases 'She looks like a model, but she's got a little more ass', 'She's bad and she knows, I think that she knows'. Justin is just giving us club bangers/sex phenomenon. Justin's mouth really helps out the beat, as he makes bass, and scratchy sounds to a wonderful handclap/drum combo. A funk guitar line even sprouts, but he doesn't waste time to bring the sexy back. But the interlude section of the song goes too much into the boring Loose sound.

"Damn Girl" is the true highlight. A raging live drum follows Justin's swagger around for some classic one-liners. 'Dont need no Maybeline, cause you're a beauty queen', 'If I'm Cassanova, you're a supernova'. Boss. Now why the hell did Wil.I.Am have to feature in the song? He tries to give us his still-in training wheels impression of ODB. Just ban him from music already. Well I guess he did produce the track. But he also produced "Beep". So we probably should just ban him. "Chop Me Up" is only hip-hop song on the album, having the boys in Three-Six Mafia lend a hand. At first listen of the few first seconds, you feel like just moving to the toilet. But when Justin starts up, you stop. Which is the moral of the album. Justin Timberlake just really grabs your attention on this album. This album really has turned him into a superstar, quality speaking. Although, on "Chop Me Up" he gets outdone by Timbaland ('Are you new in town, they call me Timbaland, aka Thomas Crown') and Three-Six, who only sound sweet because Timbaland changes up the beat for them to a dirty hoo-rah.

The album does suffer though from the last three turds on it. But when this album rocks the house, it shakes it. Timberlake really has delivered some sexed-up funky pop on FutureSex/LoveSounds, courtesy of Timbaland, aka Thomas Crown.

Justin Timberlake - Damn Girl featuring Wil.I.Am
Justin Timberlake - Lovestoned/I Think She Knows Interlude


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