Review of “The 20/20 Experience”
Written by Kelsey McConnell; Media by Zach Bonner
Justin Timberlake’s newest album, The 20/20 Experience, introduces a new style to the listeners. Timberlake brings in different beats for each song that aren’t really heard of. He doesn’t copy his beats from other artists. Justin has tribal beats along with a jazz beat and pop beat. The songs that have the pop beat seem to be more club-like and hold the listener’s attention more. There are different rhythms and beats throughout each song that can hold someone’s attention. He also brings in a chorus to sing the lower ranges while he sings soprano.
A downside to this album is that each song could have ended at least a minute earlier than it does. Most of the songs are between 7-8 minutes long. The end of each song is mostly instrumental and repetition that could easily be cut down. This would keep the listeners’ attention better. There is only one short song, “That Girl,” on the album and it is 4 minutes and 48 seconds, and even this song drags out and could be cut down. It’s like Timberlake is trying to fill up space on the album and drag out the songs more.
Another downfall is that some of the songs don’t really have a story line to them. Most songs tell stories and have meaning. “Don’t hold the wall” and “Strawberry bubble gum” are two songs that don’t tell a story. There is just a lot of repetition and instrumental parts in them. Three songs that have story lines are “Suit and Tie”, “Mirrors” and “Let the groove get in.” There are upbeat songs on this album, but some of the slower songs just seem to be boring. “Blue ocean floor” tends to put people to sleep because it’s slower and it drags on. People can’t concentrate on the words because the melody makes someone drift off. If the song was a little more upbeat, then it would catch the listeners’ attention more.
Overall, I would rate the album . The songs need to be shorter to catch more people’s attention. Having just instrumental solos is good, but not for most of the song. Using different beats and styles is excellent and helps create a catchy tune, but dragging the song out doesn’t help. This album is one where there are a few songs that are people’s favorites and that is it. No one will like to listen to the whole album.