Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience: The Complete Experience


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by thecolorbrown USER (17 Reviews)
October 1st, 2013 | 41 replies | 7,369 views


Release Date: 09/30/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These albums were not just made for radio; they were made for record books.

5 of 11 thought this review was well written

What is unfathomable is how JT and Timbaland recorded this many great songs in one year. For those who didn’t know, the songs that make up both albums were recorded at the same time, and out of a total of 30-40 songs, the songs were cut it in half to make these two albums, which are now an official compilation.

In order to give each individual album an authentic and honest listen, it must be clear that these albums were made with each other, and for each other. The two albums conjoin together into a cohesive movement that is truly “music you can see”. There is no doubt about it; each half of the album contains the elements that make the 20/20 Experience so special. What JT brought so boldly in each release is all here. The monogamous love-making journal lyrics that make Jessica Biel blush and Marvin Gaye’s grave sparkle make up the large majority of these albums, such as in Part 2 opener, “Gimme What I Don’t Know I Want.” Sometime the lyrics can be a bit cheesy, especially when it seems that he just picked any metaphor he could for love: drugs, bubblegum, murder, alcohol, and reflective glass to name a few. However, his voice is so flawless and soulful that, even when he sings what can at times be really lackluster lyrics, he makes it work.

Perhaps the biggest reason that these albums are worthy of such praise is Timbaland’s stellar production. Incorporating a combination of vocal, live, and programmed instrumentation is a difficult thing to do, but the final result on these albums is a breathtaking canvas for JT to freely use his gift. With the wide variety of sounds comes a wide variety of genres; on these albums JT is backed by heavy hip-hop beats on one track, then soulful brass and a live backing band for another (“That Girl”). Another good sign of a great producer is that he can make a 7+ minute song – or in this case, twelve 7+ songs – not boring or dragged out, but smooth and anthemic; probably the best example of this is the very-successful “Mirrors”, which in its first half contains the familiar radio hit, then blends into the gorgeous postlude which is home to some of JT’s best melodies. The placement of songs on these albums are noteworthy as well; each album ends with their respective closers, “Blue Ocean Floor” and “Pair of Wings”, which both provide perfect conclusions to the ultimate feel of each album.

The 20/20 Experience could very much be the best pop album of the year – if not of the past decade. Yes, this claim is bold. And maybe I’ll change my mind in a few years, but right now, I really think that history is in the making. These albums are game-changers. It is clear that JT and Timbaland made these masterpieces for the long haul. These albums were not just made for radio; they were made for record books. Close your eyes for a few hours and indulge in the 20/20 Experience. Even if you fall asleep, you’ll have a whimsical, sexy, and cinematic dream that has one incredible soundtrack.

Part 1 Top Tracks:
Mirrors
Pusher Love Girl
That Girl
Blue Ocean Floor

Part 2 Top Tracks:
True Blood
You Got It On
Pair of Wings
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oltnabrick
September 30th 2013



30491 Comments


lots of song titles in this review

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treeqt.
September 30th 2013



9543 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol no but almost close


not really though

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breakingthefragile
September 30th 2013



2954 Comments


"If any artist of this generation deserves a run-on sentence, it’s Justin Timberlake."

Sold.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2013



1648 Comments


"If any artist of this generation deserves a run-on sentence"

no artist needs a run-on sentence because a run-on sentence such as the one you have is just bad writing.

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Green Baron
September 30th 2013



19051 Comments


part 1: 4.5
part 2: b-sides

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oltnabrick
September 30th 2013



30491 Comments


recommended by reviewer
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience
Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
um duh

TheSupernatural
September 30th 2013



1110 Comments


lots of song titles in this review [2]


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tempest--
September 30th 2013



13029 Comments


the classic "review summary being a line in the review"

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cinaedus
September 30th 2013



26447 Comments


OF ALL TIME

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thecolorbrown
September 30th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

hm.... considering a rewrite lol... a bit impulsive :P thanks for the feedback, yall

SingForTheDead
September 30th 2013



94 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

part 1: 4.5
part 2: b-sides [2]

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2013



1601 Comments


"the best pop album of the decade – if not of all time."

Are you fucking kidding me?

oltnabrick
September 30th 2013



30491 Comments


no, hes completely serious.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
September 30th 2013



1601 Comments


Dude, real talk, dont make claims like that about albums that just came out.

thecolorbrown
September 30th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alright, rewrote it. Can you guys give it another read and let me know if you think it's better. Regardless of what you guys feel about the album, I'd really appreciate some honest feedback. Thanks so much

tempest--
September 30th 2013



13029 Comments


it's not a "meta-album"
that would be an album about an album

thecolorbrown
September 30th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good point ^

Calc
September 30th 2013



12111 Comments


the decade is only three years in that claim isn't so bombastic actually.

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Cygnatti
September 30th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Kanye would whip dis albums lil bitch ass les be reel

thecolorbrown
September 30th 2013



72 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

^ that's exactly what I was going for :P

but they were going rampant though because I at first put of all time... may I say I was dumb to publish my first draft. I didn't expect so many people to read it so quickly...



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