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I’m glad this isn’t a country song, or a rap song, or a country rap song; I’m glad it doesn’t sound like Joanne, or Forever Young; I’m glad Juicy J, Dave Berman, or Al Gore aren’t rapping on this thing; I’m glad this doesn’t sound like “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” The 20/20 Experience, Future Sex / Love Sounds, or Justified. These are all things to be thankful for.

I’m not glad that Justin’s having his Yeezus moment. It didn’t suit Taylor Swift’s Reputation, as was evidenced by that album’s awkward sounds and playfully muddled production, and it doesn’t suit “Filthy,” which takes Justin’s falsetto and puts it over top of a distended, grand ‘70s rock sample and a screwy, unrelated wobbly bass thing. ‘Hater’s gon’ say it’s fake,’ spits Justin, rolling up the sleeves on his suit jacket and informing us that this ‘ain’t the clean version,’ in case there was any confusion. It’s not as terribly stilted or as unsexy as “Look What You Made Me Do,” this song’s closest recent compatriot, but it’s also overreaching for something entirely weird and unnecessary. Honestly, did Justin not leave N*SYNC a few decades ago? Aren’t we all use to him being sexy? Did he not write a song about bringing sexy back? Did he not release an album whose title alluded to his ability to court, fuck, and marry you? Why must he insist that this particular song is real, or a moment wherein he ‘gets [his] swagger back?’ Has the stasis of marriage to Jessica Biel and goofy alliance with goof Jimmy Fallon really changed the general consensus that Justin has sex appeal and charismatic songwriting chops?

Maybe I’m mistaken. Maybe Justin needs to make Man of the Woods and songs like “Filthy” in order to prove his image and songwriting techniques. I don’t know why, though. Justin can still write great pop songs; “Can’t Stop the Feeling” was ingenious despite other drawbacks. “Filthy” just seems needlessly desperate about demonstrating something that needs little to no demonstration.





Rowan5215
01.05.18
I'm bringin' Sexyback back, but a lot less good

ramon.
01.05.18
if this is any indication, this album will have enough catching singles to be massively popular and massively hated simultaneously, justin will live on with a successful but diminishing career, and the slight weirdness of this record will overshadow his debut/sophomore in 10-15 years time as people return to justin's absolute classic, man of the woods.

ramon.
01.05.18
ive just learned his debut was actually not futuresex but im just gonna pretend justified doesnt exist

Astral Abortis
01.05.18
Well this song sucks. I was expecting a more down to earth and even natural sounding album considering the promo was all MAN OF THE WOODS MY LOVE MY FAMILY MY CHILDREN THIS IS ME AND WHERE I BEGAN or whatever and this is just like...wobbly beats and no singing? What

Astral Abortis
01.05.18
As a big JT fan who thought he was only gonna keep getting better and better, this has left a bitter taste.

butcherboy
01.05.18
a man eating a ham in the woods..

Tunaboy45
01.05.18
this is just kind of weird, how does it fit with the I'M A MANLY MAN WHO LOVES HIS FAMILY AND BEING A LUMBERJACK theme?

wwf
01.05.18
I completely see everyone's issues with this song but I'm surprised that there's so much backlash to it, I still think it's fun and enjoyable overall and the video is really dope

I like JT a lot but I've never seen him as some impeccable artist who can't do any wrong and I wasn't expecting another album as classy as 20/20

I'm just glad he's still around and he's still doing music that challenges the mainstream a little bit, even if it's just because it sounds like it's off an album that he released a decade ago

MO
01.05.18
yeesh, not a good start. this is just odd

ButteryBiscuitBass
01.05.18
Yeah, really disappointed with this.

wwf
01.05.18
Id prefer this over the folksy teasers he released in the other video tbh, JT's persona mixed with those instrumentals just sound like oil and water to me and the lumberjack schtick is a little ugh

Even though those will probably be a bit more interesting

PistolPete
01.05.18
Well I liked it. ='[

SowingSeason
01.05.18
"I was expecting a more down to earth and even natural sounding album considering the promo was all MAN OF THE WOODS MY LOVE MY FAMILY MY CHILDREN THIS IS ME AND WHERE I BEGAN or whatever and this is just like...wobbly beats and no singing? What"

^exactly how I felt. I still like it, but I was hoping for something more earthy, substantial, and real.

ZombieToyDuck
01.05.18
this is like exact opposite of what I expected and I don't know how I feel about it yet lol

I think I like it?

Slinkinlip
01.05.18
This is the opening track of the album. I have a feeling this a transition track from pop days to that more natural sound we are expecting. I was thrown off too by this, but the more I listen to it the more I like it. I think the album is going to tell a story, it will be interesting to hear in full

nolerthebowler
01.05.18
Well I doubt the whole alb will sound like that song, considering the song is legit titled filthy aka it’s the dirtiest sounding song

XingKing
01.05.18
I don't know why everyone dislikes the track so much. I think it's a banger and the comparison to Taylor Swift is just LOL

Winesburgohio
01.06.18
pretending that JT's first album doesnt exist is not a justified position

thanks

nolerthebowler
01.06.18
Okay the logical similarity to Taylor’s lead single is striking, JT just pulls it off

Tunaboy45
01.06.18
I think it's fair to call this his Yeezus moment

el_newg
01.07.18
kinda sounds like 2 different songs mixed together, but I don't mind it. agreed with what Snox said.

StKiyo
01.07.18
didn't he said somewhere that he was inspired by bon iver to do this album? well, this didn't sounded like bon iver at all, it's more like a extremely worse version of sexyback

Keyblade
01.07.18
lol wtf is this

jt done lost his mind

nolerthebowler
01.08.18
It’s heavier but the song is still clearly Nashville inspired. To people like not hear that?

DinosaurJones
01.09.18
WUB WUB WUBWUBWUB

guitarded_chuck
01.09.18
"I think it's fair to call this his Yeezus moment" nah Yeezus is actually good

guitarded_chuck
01.09.18
FTR i dont think this is as shit as most of you but yeah im not super down with it

XingKing
01.10.18
"nah Yeezus is actually good"

lol

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