December 16, 2013 § Leave a comment
2013 proved to be an interesting year for music, as we saw major pop releases fail to catch steam (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Katy Perry) while other alternative artists sought out to concur their genre (Charli XCX, Disclosure, Chvrches, AlunaGeorge) and bring us some of the best and freshest music of recent years. Other artists made 2013 the year of the comeback (Justin Timberlake, R. Kelly, Kings of Leon), while some used the new year to continue to release great music (Arctic Monkeys, Beyonce).
With that being said, I officially present my list of the best albums of 2013 – which ranges from my favorite artists to a few new faces!
20. AlunaGeorge – Body Music
19. Lady Gaga – ARTPOP
18. Drake – Nothing Was The Same
17. Jay Z – Magna Carta Holy Grail
16. Haim – Days Are Gone
15. Lorde – Pure Heroine
14. James Blake – Overgrown
13. A$AP Rocky – Long.Live.A$AP
12. Major Lazer – Free The Universe
11. Sky Ferreria – Night Time, My Time
View my top 10 albums after the jump! Keep reading!
October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
When Justin Timberlake announced his mega-comeback to the music industry after submerging himself in acting for the past 7 years, the world breathed an excited sigh of relief. The first half of The 20/20 Experience dropped in March, and the Budweiser/tequila endorsements, stadium tours and media appearances followed almost immediately – dare I say it was…corporate-planned? It was a solid mix of a throwback sound with a futuristic underbelly.
The lengthy record (despite it having only 12 tracks) was just enough. Soon after the album dropped, Timberlake announced 20/20‘s volume two. By then, the entire experience was overkill. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 reflects just that – it’s less about the music and more about making the money. Instead of leaving us with suspense, Timberlake and Timberland hit us over the head with more and more…and more music in a move that is overindulgent.
The album opens up with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want).” It takes a note from Bruno Mars‘ “Gorilla” and steps into the jungle for this jumbled tune. It is overtly simple and almost laughable with lyrics like “Show me your teeth and then spread your wings/ Down and dirty, you’re loving me so loud.” Not to mention the strange accent that Timberlake tries to pass off as a “Sexyback” 2.0 but ultimately fails. Timberlake tries (and fails) to recreate a “Thriller”-esque sonic journey (yes – he even mimics Vincent Prince’s famous laugh) with “True Blood.” Clocking at nine minutes and thirty seconds, “True Blood” is painfully unnecessary and a drag to listen to. The zooming synths combined with the unsteady bassline and odd auto-tuned vocals all come off as messy.
“TKO” is one of the album’s few standouts, which is a shame since the opening line is the horrible “She kill me that coo-coochie coochie-coo.” Yet it still sounds like a track from the FutureSex/LoveSounds cutting room floor. But you can’t act for too much, right? The dull boxing-ring metaphors are saved by the pristine, Southern-tinged production.
Despite the song being a slight disappointment when it was released back in July, the first single “Take Back The Night” rushes in like a breath of fresh air after the album’s weighty first half. It draws disco/funk influences from Michael Jackson‘s Off The Wall combined with Luther Vandross‘ “Never Too Much” – so it definitely has the potential to become a dance party staple. Keep reading!
July 30, 2013 § 2 Comments
After debuting the disco-tinged tune a few weeks ago, Justin Timberlake’s video for “Take Back The Night” is here! Shot on the streets of NYC, the video shows the singer dancing in Chinatown intercut with shots of his “Legends of the Summer” performances. Look out for volume two of The 20/20 Experience on September 30.
July 12, 2013 § 1 Comment
After teasing the release date, Justin Timberlake’s new single “Take Back The Night” has just premiered! The Timbaland-produced tune picks up where the first installment of The 20/20 Experience left off, with its soulful throwback R&B vibes – thanks to the glimmering melody and boastful horn instruments. It definitely has Michael Jackson influences, specifically the pop king’s classic 1979 album Off The Wall. Is Disco making a comeback?
Look out for volume 2 of The 20/20 Experience on September 30.
July 10, 2013 § 1 Comment
With volume 2 of The 20/20 Experience dropping on September 30, Justin Timberlake is giving more and more hints from the upcoming album. The latest comes from a video teasing his new single “Take Back The Night.” There’s no release date as of yet (JT purposefully blurred it out – ugh) but it definitely sounds like a club-ready, Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall-inspired groove.
Watch the clip below:
July 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
After announcing that “Tunnel Vision” is the next single off The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake has finally released an accompanying video. The Uprising Creative-directed video is completely steamy -both literally & figuratively- and features a cameo from Timbaland (who produced the track) as well as nude women.
The single’s cover art was a definite hint, but the clip seems to be explicit just for the sake of being explicit. Take away the models and you’re left with a boring video. Still, the song is strong enough to hold its own. Watch it below.