Album: Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience (RCA)

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If the recording of 20/20 was crammed in between film commitments, you wouldn't know it.

Timbaland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon have created an aural aesthetic that's 1970s via 2070s: the Chi-Lites in orbit, the Isley Brothers gone intergalactic, and so on. Over a production that's aiming for Quincy Jones on Off the Wall, JT delivers standard addiction and sweetness metaphors in that trademark falsetto. It may not be as mind blowing as FutureSex…. But, frankly, what is?