Justin Timberlake tops the week's CD reviews 0
The 20/20 Experience
With JT, it’s all about the vision thing. To wit: Some may see him as just an ex-boy bander who makes dance-pop. But with his third album — and first in seven years — Timberlake has set his sights on something greater. And weirder. The 20/20 Experience isn’t pop-chart fluff that panders to short-attention-span ’tweens; it’s an ambitious, challenging and just plain freaky trip into a musical looking-glass. Tracks average seven minutes in length; tempos and grooves flow glacially; some cuts are hypnotic vamps while others turn on a dime; Timbaland’s production fuses neo-soul and R&B with psychedelic swirls and fuzzy textures; the prevailing mood is exquisitely stoned euphoria.