It’s one of the biggest musical comebacks of 2013, following David Bowie’s return.
After years of speculation and deflection, Justin Timberlake brings his SexyBack to music with his third album, The 20/20 Experience, which comes seven years after 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds and reunites him with producing partner Timbaland.
Opening with an orchestral intro, the 32-year-old newlywed - who has impressed on the big screen in The Social Network, Friends With Benefits and In Time - then launches into Pusher Love Girl, a seven-minute track full of signature falsetto and heavy beats.
This seamlessly blends into another six-minute tune - Suit & Tie, his collaboration with Jay-Z - before the bass-heavy and typically Timbaland-produced Don’t Hold The Wall, the sexy Spaceship Coupe and new single Mirrors.
The instant hits of the likes of Like I Love You or SexyBack may be lacking here, with each song rhythmically flowing into the next, but fans will be satisfied with this visionary experience.