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Justin Timberlake returns with the highly anticipated album Future Sex/ Love Sounds, the sexy follow-up to the mega-hit Justified. Co-written by Timberlake along with hit-makers Timbaland, Rick Rubin and will.i. am., Future Sex/ Love Sounds is infused with the hip-hop based R&B sound that has launched Justin as one of the genre's premier performers.
One spin of FutureSex/LoveSounds and it's hard to believe that Justin Timberlake was ever a boy-band barnstormer--no modern-day male artist beats him when it comes to single-minded self assurance or suavity. "SexyBack," the inescapable summer sizzler of a first single off this short and thrillingly unwholesome disc, makes that clear on its own: If there was ever any question about whether sexy was in need of reviving--a doubtful proposition at best, given the sheer volume of JT's gyrating counterparts--he lays it to rest instantly over a small but insistent Timbaland-concocted beat. On that track, Timberlake's appeal is his sweet but newly thuggish-sounding voice--here's a good kid gone bad, and he's determined to convince us of it not only by tossing a few well-timed mother****ers our way but also with such lyrics as "I'll let you whip me if I misbehave." The rest of FutureSex will feel familiar to anyone who picked up 2002's brilliantly funk-flecked Justified: "Love Stoned/I Think She Knows Me," shifts from Michael Jackson-esque paranoid trilling to pulsating guitar rock; "Chop Me Up," a collaboration with Three 6 Mafia and Timbaland, gives up the grit rap-style but still manages to recall both Prince and Stevie Wonder; "My Love," with T.I., mines classic Timberlake territory with meltaway lyrics like "I can see us holding hands walking on the beach/Our clothes in the sand"; and the straight-up but groovy lament "Losing My Way" asks, searchingly, what may be the silliest question a squeal-inducing pop star has ever posed: "Can anybody out there feel me?" Rest assured, JT: we feel every past-, present-, and future-sexy verse. --Tammy La Gorce
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With help, as always, from Timbaland, and with such guest stars as Three Six Mafia and T.I., Timberlake brings a fine production of rockin' beats, lyrics about sex and heartbreak and a solid album of which most is great material with very little filler. This is one of those few compilations that comes along that has a lot of singles released and no matter how many times they are played ad nauseum on the radio, they are still enjoyable to listen to on your own time.
Below is a track-by-track description with a numeric rating on a scale of one to ten.
Track 1: FutureSex/LoveSound--(8)--a good, heavy-hitting track to start the album off with. Easily danceable, definitely sensual, this showcases Timberlake's new sound, his new persona. It's fresh, it's rich and you'll want to dance right along with it.
Track 2: SexyBack--(8)--the first single from the album. Still has staying power, despite being radio-raped. Allowed the public a sneak peek at the sensuality that Timberlake had newly embraced and let run through all of the tracks on this album.
Track 3: Sexy Ladies--(8)--another track with a good beat that is similar to the beat used in "Futuresex/Lovesound". It's hard to stop yourself from dancing while driving when this is playing in the car.
Track 4: My Love--(7)--an upbeat danceable love song from Timberlake to his lady love. This has also achieved a lot of radioplay but it still just as good after repeat listens. T.I. lends a hand with this track and, just as with the rest of them, we hear a lot of Timbaland on this track as well.
Track 5: LoveStoned/I Think She Knows--(8)--A track to follow in the 'N Sync steps of falling for a girl that he meets in a club. Here, Timberlake starts off with yet another strong, danceable track and leads into one of the many over-a-minute-long interludes he uses on this album.
Track 6: What Goes Around (Comes Around)--(10)--Nice and long with some great beats about a man who's been wronged by his cheating lover who is going to get her just desserts.
Track 7: Chop Me Up--(10)--Another incredible song to follow up the previous incredible song. The beat is amazing, the Three Six Mafia raps are put together very well and this is easily one of the most solid tracks on the album. You will be blasting this when it comes on.
Track 8: Damn Girl--(5)--This track is one of the least liked on the album. It doesn't have the same flow and it doesn't feel like it's put together as tightly.
Track 9: Summer Love--(9)--This is a great song to crank up in the car on a hot summer night while you're cruising along the winding roads of the neighborhood. Great beats once again!
Track 10: Until The End Of Time--(6)--this song sounds like it could have come off of any one of Prince's albums, since it features his signature beat. One of the more down-tempo songs on the album, it still holds its own as a ballad. The album version does not feature Beyonce, as the radio version had.
Track 11: Losing My Way--(7)--a good slow jam about people who need someone to hear their plight because lately, life hasn't been going so well for them.
Track 12: (Another Song) All Over Again--(5)--another forgettable track along the same lines as "Damn Girl". This is another ballad on the album but not very solid.
That being said I must say that when I got it I played it OUT!! I was so surprised at how many jams were on the CD. Listened to it day and night, at work, at home while cooking, gardening, reading told everyone I spoke with about it since I was like BLOWN away. Had several favorites from the "GET" and man I just couldn't wait for the radio stations to catch up with the ENTIRE CD because they were still playing "Sexyback" and as time went by and I would hear more singles released and played on the radio my smile was broad and my ears delighted that some of my favorites made it to the radio waves. Timberland and JT did a AWESOME job on this CD with mixing up slow jams (that will move you to close your eyes and nod your head) and dance music that will make you run out to the dancefloor at a club. With the exception of a few songs this CD is solid and I have this thing that if I like if out of a 12 songlist CD I like over 8 of them that is pretty dang good! For the record my faves are:
1. Until the end of Time
3. My Love
4. Future Sex/Love Sounds
5. Losing My Way
6. All Over Again
7. Summer Love
8. What Goes Around (the remix version)
The album has two main topics: Love and Sex. With one very good revenge song, ''What Goes Around'' which is hands down one of the best songs he's ever written and it's easy to tell that this was about a certain ex-girlfriend *cough Britney *cough who was wasn't doing so well after their break up. Other stand out tracks are Futuresex/Lovesounds, Sexy Ladies, and Damn Girl. None of which were singles but should have been
Overall, this is a 5 star album and I hope one day he can top it