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Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience PT. 2 Album Review

Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience PT. 2 Album Review - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Oct 01, 2013
( Rating: 4 Star Rating)

After a long musical hiatus Justin Timberlake made a triumphant return to music with the release of The 20/20 Experience earlier this year - now he's back for round two with The 20/20 Experience Part 2, find out more in the Kidzworld album review.

The 20/20 Experience Part 2 is JT's second album this yearThe 20/20 Experience Part 2 is JT's second album this yearCourtesy of RCA
 

The 20/20 Experience Part 2 Album Review

Justin Timberlake released his first album in nearly seven years just a few months ago, and I guess it went so well he thought he's should just go ahead and release another one, The 20/20 Experience Part 2. The first 20/20 Experience featured lush, layered sounds from all eras of pop, swinging from big brass band and disco to hip hop and modern pop and Part 2 doesn't disappoint when it comes to similarly featuring a range of styles and sounds. No longer needing the burst back onto the scene, Part 2 is more relaxed than the first album, but delivers the same complex pop sounds - and we really like it!

After a 7 year break, Justin is back on topAfter a 7 year break, Justin is back on topCourtesy of RCA

In fact, we might boldly say it's a little better than Part 1, with his musical ambition shining through once more. Releasing two albums in one year after such a long hiatus was a real risk, but one that truly delivered, I guess he just had so much material pent up he had to put out two albums (also 20/20 is a play on vision - is it one album for each eye?) While Part 1 seemed like not just a comeback, but also an endearing love letter to his new wife (Jessica Biel), Part 2  gets back to some of his original pop roots, and songs like "True Blood" showcase his strong lyrical and musical style. Like Part 1, the album features tracks that run to 7 and 8 minutes, which is also risky for a collection of pop songs, so one of the downsides to the album is feeling like it drags a little in a places. JT really wanted to pack these albums full, but they probably could have done with having a few minutes shaven off. Altogether though, it's an album where Justin shows that he can truly rejoin the ranks of the todays pop heavyweights and create new and interesting sounds for every kind of audience - and while we loved him as a stellar guest on SNL and up on the silver screen in movies like The Social Network - we love him even more when he's singing and dancing.

Take Back the Night has a retro mo-town soundTake Back the Night has a retro mo-town soundCourtesy of RCA

Track List

  1. Gimme What I Know I Don't Want
  2. True Blood
  3. Cabaret
  4. TKO
  5. Take Back the Night
  6. Murder (feat. Jay-Z)
  7. Drink You Away
  8. You Got It On
  9. Amnesia
  10. Only When I Walk Away
  11. Not a Bad Thing
  12. Pair of Wings

The 20/20 Experience Part 2 Rating: 4

Check out the ultra-retro first single off The 20/20 Experience Part 2 below!

 

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What do you think of The 20/20 Experience Part 2? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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