Justin Timberlake was just kidding guys.
“The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” is the follow-up to the first half of Timberlake’s project that was released in March and it marks a return to form for the pop artist.
On the first half of “The 20/20 Experience,” Timberlake experimented with neosoul and more R&B than his fans may have been used to. The result was an album that showed few flaws while riding a wave of unpredictability.
“The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2” is for those fans who prefer a more predictable Timberlake. This one has all of the markings of a typical JT album with producer Timbaland pulling from the same bag of tricks he’s used countless times before.
The second half of Timberlake’s project is for those who wanted him to pick up where he left off instead of evolving as an artist after a near six-year hiatus from releasing new music.
“Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” “True Blood” and “TKO” are all vintage Timberlake. They all sound closer to his earlier material than any of the tracks on the first installment of “The 20/20 Experience.”
But hearing Timberlake challenge himself by bringing in new influences is what made that first album so much fun.
“The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2,” while not entirely void of fun, does lack much of the imagination poured into the first release.
Timberlake does take on a Jackson 5 vibe on “Take Back The Night.” He also grips the mic a little tighter as he vents his frustrations on “Only When I Walk Away.”
Outside of those two songs, its back to business as usual for Timberlake.
Rating: Two stars