This morning everyone's buzzing about last night's Golden Globes, but I'm focused on my main guy Justin Timberlake. It's been six years since JT released FutureSex/LoveSounds and stole my heart with "Summer Love." He's back today with "Suit & Tie," a laid-back track featuring Jay-Z that, frankly, has left me underwhelmed.
Listen, I'm about as big of a fan of Justin's as a woman in her mid-20s can admit to being. I was stoked to hear Justin would be releasing new music while staring at the JT snow globe on my desk (yes, I'm serious). I was elated to find out that his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, would drop this year. With that said, "Suit & Tie" just doesn't live up to my expectations.
Is it good? Yes. Justin's voice hasn't missed a beat after taking time off. Listeners hear the smooth, suave JT that they fell in love with when he went solo in the first place. It pains me to say this, though, but Justin -- I was hoping for better.
After six years, I think fans' expectations are just super built up. I remember back back in the day when "Señorita" came out and how unreal that video was. I remember when Justin emerged onto the scene as this guy who really knew what he was doing, knew how to make great music, and song after song, wouldn't miss a beat. Do I blame myself for expecting too much from JT? Well let's be real, I didn't do anything wrong here. But I guess I just want the best for him.
If you listen to the track itself, I guarantee you'll find yourself doing a little bop around. You'll sway back and forth and perhaps you'll want to tap your feet a bit. It has a catchy hook. After the third or fourth listen, I found myself actually liking what I was listening to instead of imagining what else he could have done here. Whereas at first, Jay-Z's verse seemed out of place, now I think it's a fun change-up to the happy-go-lucky vibe the rest of the song has. And for a moment, can we just touch on how every time Justin speaks straight on the track, I get goosebumps? OK, moving on ...
Will the upcoming 20/20 Experience sell more than the 10 million copies of FutureSex/LoveSounds? I hope so. I just also hope it has a bit more pack to its punch than the CD's first single.
Take a listen to "Suit & Tie" here:
And my video review, here:
What do you think of Justin's first single in six years? Are you a JT fan?
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