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May 31, 2019

The Album that Birthed Justin Timberlake 2.0

When former NSYNC star Justin Timberlake started out his solo career, anyone would have been forgiven to think it’ll be hard for the fresh-faced popstar to make a name for himself as a solo artiste. His debut album Justified did just enough to correct that notion as it spun-hit tracks like “Cry Me A River” and “Rock Your Body.” Timberlake then took a 4-year hiatus off the music scene, a period in which he acted in movies and even contemplated going back to his boyband NSYNC before deciding to ditch them altogether. Justin Timberlake then returned with Future Sex/Love Sounds in 2006, an album that’s lyrically similar to Justified but that does explore a wider range of genres which include trance, rock and funk. This album sees the pop icon offer a different sound and that is not so surprising as it was entirely produced by veteran producer Timbaland. This was the album that officially signaled Timberlake’s transition from pop hitmaker to a legitimate force as a musician and actor with elemental sounds from the album still being felt in today’s music with Zayn in particular giving us the feel-good vibe Timberlake brought into the music scene. The fact that Justin Timberlake recorded this gem of an album without jotting a single lyric down in a paper further cements his status as an artiste who was well ahead of his time. But like Justified that had to rely on the push it was given by four solid tracks on the project, the same can be partly said of Future Sex/Love Sounds but Justin’s input alongside Timbaland’s masterpiece of a production created an album a step ahead of Justified and arguably one of the best albums of the 2000s. The album produced at the very least six singles that went on to attain chart success; including US Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping singles: "SexyBack", "My Love", and "What Goes Around... Comes Around.” The album also went on to receive several Grammy Award nominations, including Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, with “SexyBack” and “My Love” in which he featured rapper T.I, both winning their categories. Future Sex/Love Sounds has been certified multi-platinum in many countries worldwide, and has sold over 10 million copies, with four million in the United States alone. The album has also been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's musical library and archive. It is often mostly regarded as Justin Timberlake’s best album till date, and rightly so.

Written by @OBP from Omobaba Pension
May 31, 2019

Justin Timberlake and his album Man of the Woods, you can always be better

Definitely, during several years of my life, I was never a fan of the boy bands, that's why I was always away from the work of Justin Timberlake with *NSYNC until he decided to build a career as a soloist. At first, I was not so curious to know what I was doing, but by dint of finding it on TV shows, several collaborations with other singers and videos of their songs and concerts that appear everywhere, I started to get interested. It was a pleasant surprise to meet a singer who over the years and having his feet on the ground made him mature and dedicate himself to grow with his music and his very particular style to entertain. Unlike many who have left the groups that launched them to fame and that no matter how hard they try, they can not get a place in the public's taste or that for some reason they become very arrogant people (as is the case of Zayn ex 1D or One Direction, of which I have spoken in another Narrative) charisma, sympathy, and his concern to deliver quality things, have made Justin Timberlake one of the favorite artists of the United States and many other countries in the world. There have been many works that I have been able to know about him and when arriving at the most recent of his creations, Man of the Woods, he leaves me impressed for several reasons. Among other things, I am impressed by the generosity of the artist to put on an album so many songs and all of them with a considerable duration, it is noteworthy that in several of the songs on this album leaves ample space for what I suppose will be the moments in that will shine with his dance steps, same that go crazy to his fans during their concerts. As you read the title of the album, you can guess that it will be a collection of topics that will be collected from the most traditional catalog of American songs from the south, to what most identifies this country in terms of modern musical trends. And you're not wrong, Justin Timberlake stamps his album with a very American stamp and is proud of it. Curiously, for me the weakest song on the album and perhaps the most childish one, is precisely "Man of the Woods" but I think is because is part of the concept for what this album was designed, that is directed to a very specific audience, that he decided to include it and dedicate a video. Apart from that, the rest is outstanding. Like everything, the album has ups and downs in terms of the moods that are handled, but in general, their songs will make you vibrate with all that mix of styles and rhythms worthy of having them in different track lists to enjoy them at different times. Although I think the best way to enjoy it is to listen to it from beginning to end. Justin does not leave anything for later in this album: he gives us a master class of singing, dancing, feeling, different rhythms and currents and even gives a sample in his facet of being a father!

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio

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