Justin Timberlake's return to the CD shelves is "bore-tastic." It's so boring that I had to create a new term to describe it. Sure, it sounds great and has a high production value, but it doesn't go anywhere. I got about halfway through it before I realized I wasn't listening to the same song on repeat. I heard someone else say, "The new Justin Timberlake album is great...if you need help falling asleep." I kept waiting for the songs to develop and go somewhere, but they don't.
There are a few standouts. "Mirrors" takes us back to what we all loved about Justin's last album, 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds. Timberlake and Timbaland are back in perfect sync as Justin channels his classic vocal sound. I also enjoy the last track (unless you get the deluxe edition) "Blue Ocean Floor." It's very mellow, but a nice close to the album.
The most upbeat track on the album is "Let the Groove Get In" but it's not enough to pick the energy up. Mainly because it's not a great song and people will skip over it with ease. The opening song "Pusher Love Girl" is about as underwhelming as the album's lead single "Suit & Tie." Even Jay Z can't save that song. Much of The 20/20 Experience ends up sounding like rejected songs from Aaliyah's 2001 self-titled album.
It's always hard for an artist to follow up a massively successful album with another, especially when it's taken him seven years to try. I expected a little more from The 20/20 Experience, and I'd imagine many people will feel the same. Die hard Timberlake fans will probably rant and rave about this CD for a couple weeks but it won't have the same staying power that his previous efforts did.