Justin Timberlake’s somewhat experimental album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ receives its sequel and companion album, titled ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’. Featuring much of what was established on the first half of this double-album experience, Justin Timberlake indulges once again in varying elements of minimalist sound, and experimental ideas that we’ve not really seen from the artist before. Once again, we see Timberlake going for more lengthier songs, with the album lasting just over an hour in length. Whilst many of the tracks contain the same criticism as the last album of simply being to long for what they are, there’s still a few tracks that manage to elevate the album’s position, showing Timberlake as an artist who is at least willing to try things that he’s not really done before.
Much of ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ picks up where ‘The 20/20 Experience’ left off. Timberlake seems to opt for more lengthier tracks, featuring somewhat simple beats that push the tracks along. Unlike ‘The 20/20 Experience’, ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ seems to offer more experimentation on Timberlake’s part, showcasing a much wider range of genres and ideas that haven’t really been present on Timberlake’s previous work. Especially on the album’s second half, we see Timberlake indulging in a wider range of styles, with Timberlake’s team incorporating a wider range of instrumentation into the songs. It’s somewhat surprising considering the style that was clearly established on ‘The 20/20 Experience’, which also opens up on ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’.
Although Timberlake’s shown a good level of creativity on his latest album, it is flawed by a number of weaknesses which were apparent on ‘The 20/20 Experience’. Considering the gap in the two parts, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to expect Timberlake to have ironed out the flaws on the follow up? It seems though that ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ many of the same flaws are present, with many of the songs simply sounding too long and uninteresting. Whilst there’s nothing wrong with long songs in general, the problem Timberlake has is that there’s not enough interesting elements to justify the song’s lengths. Many tracks, including some of the album’s highlights, drag on for far to long, giving the album a huge weakness. This is especially present in the album’s first half, where the more weaker songs seem to be present.
If it wasn’t for the more enjoyable second half of the album, where Timberlake experiments more with his own sound, then ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ would be a very forgettable and uninteresting album. It’s interesting, as to some extent, the album does seem to redeem itself, but sadly this is only after incredibly lengthy tracks which are simply boring. There’s at least an interesting creative element present on ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’, though the album’s many weaknesses prevent it from being any sort of album that is strong in any real way. Fans of Timberlake and his more recent diversity in sound might find elements of ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ to be enjoyable, but as far as albums go, there’s simply too many weaknesses.
- ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
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- Only When I Walk Away
Justin Timberlake’s latest album ‘The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)’ is out now.