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Singer Justin Timberlake released his second album Futuresex/Lovesounds in 2006 (but the special edition, which I own, was released in 2007). It's certainly a better effort than his first, which apart from the singles was pretty samey and dull. The album was influenced by early Prince and Michael Jackson, and was co-produced by the legendary Timbaland, Will.I.Am and Rick Rubin.
Opening track Futuresex/Lovesound is a dark funky track, sophisticated and sexy. A brilliant, confident album opener. Single Sexyback follows, an uptempo track with a relentless beat and catchy refrain ("get your sexy on"!). With a Timbaland beat and overtly sexual lyrics ("I'll let you whip me if you misbehave"), Justin lays to rest his old boyband days for good.
Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk To You is a catchy, fun R 'n' B track, even if the backing track sounds a little like a Sonic the Hedgehog theme from the 90s. The end of the track, with its repeated refrain, of "my love", runs into the song of the same name, lower in tempo than the previous tracks and almost the closest thing this album gets to a love song, but pretty good all the same.
Lovestoned/I Think She Knows is another danceable R 'n' B track that sounds a little like Michael Jackson, though it tails off towards the end to a Spanish-sounding slower section. What Goes Around ...Comes Around is probably my favourite song on the album, a R 'n' B beat mixed with Spanish guitars and violins to produce an incredibly catchy song.
Chop Me Up is another classic R 'n' B track featuring Three 6 Mafia and Timbaland, while Damn Girl has a funkier, more retro sound with a bit of jazz in the background. Summer Love/Set the Mood sounds like two songs: the first is a midtempo R 'n' B number while the latter slows things down a little at just over the halfway point.
Until the End of Time slows things down and sounds a bit like Michael Jackson. Losing My Way is a bizarre song in which Justin sings the story of a guy called Bob who is down on his luck. Final song of the album proper, (Another Song) All Over Again, is an old-style ballad with just a piano and a backing beat.
My special edition of the album also includes some bonus tracks. There is a duet of Until the End of Time, featuring Beyonce, which adds a nice twist. There is also a remix of Sexyback, which is different to the original but not as good in my opinion, and a version of Sexy Ladies featuring rapper 50 Cent.
I thought that Justin's first album, Justified, was four good singles padded out with filler. Futuresex/Lovesounds is much better. The album as a whole has an energy and a vibe which was lacking for much of Justified, even if the first half of the album is better than the second. Overall, this is a great album with some really good songs and it comes with a definite recommendation from me.
3. Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk To You
4. My Love
5. Lovestoned/I Think She Knows
6. What Goes Around ...Comes Around
7. Chop Me Up
8. Damn Girl
9. Summer Love/Set the Mood
10. Until the End of Time
11. Losing My Way
12. (Another Song) All Over Again
13. Until the End of Time [Duet with Beyonce]
14. Sexyback [Remix]
15. Sexy Ladies [feat. 50 Cent]
In 2006 came Justin Timberlake's second solo album (after having success as part of the boy band 'N Sync). "FutureSex/LoveSounds" finds that he gets into a concept album, in which he is seen to work closely with the Virginian producer Timbaland (as well as a few others) to come out with an album which has him going through a transition as he escapes the Pop and moves further in the R&B side of his work.
This one acts as a bit of an introduction to the album and gives you some sort of idea of the kind of thing that is expected of the release as you find that Justin, Timbo and Danja all participate in the production to come out with a futuristic, electronic composition to a nice effect and to take you into their way of thinking this time around and the potential directions it can be taken in. It is decent, but far from the best.
This was the first single to pop off the album and one of the most poplar (of many of the singles to come from this release) in this case you have a pretty general Pop tune from him and I have to say that personally I didn't think there was that much to it (especially when compared to the R&B side of things, but it does open things up to a wide audience ho expect more of what came of his debut solo release.
3. "Sexy Ladies / Let Me Talk To You"
Here he suddenly dives into a straight banger of a tune and one that really stands out on the album as one that he has clearly had a massive input in (when you consider how its structure is so similar to Ciara's "Love Sex Magic" (a track that he not only guest sang in, but also produced) and it gives a good idea of where his mind is and the type of funky state he was in to come out with a killer jam such as this one.
4. "My Love"
This was a big one on the album and one that seemed to stand out as you find that on it the artist comes out with a tune which enables him to appeal to a wide range of listeners as he comes out with a type of song that has lots of Pop running through it, but it is clearly a more R&B-styled composition with a classy feel. It is all topped-off by T.I.'s guest raps to give it a little something extra.
5. "Love Stoned / I Think She Knows"
This is one of the flyest tunes on the album and one that stands out, and was a good choice for one the singles as it is another example of the artist's main style and the way that he chooses to take his music as here he comes out with a tune which incorporates clear Disco-ended Funk and various other things to come out with a Pop-R&B love song that pulls out the best of his vocals and dance material.
6. "What Goes Around... / ...Comes Around"
The whole sound of the album was built around this single song. he song itself is a quality-packed composition and has clearly had more input into it that the others on the album due to the complexity of the thing and how much is going on with the production as he sings an emotive one which deals with relationships. The Danja and Timbo collab is massive, and the final bridge, in particular shows this off to the listener.
7. "Chop Me Up"
This was a complete surprise to me as it was a collaboration that I never would have predicted on a Justin Timberlake album (or a record from former 'N Sync member) as you see that he works alongside Memphis' finest Hip Hoop talent in Juicy J and DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia for a tune that brings in Crunk seemingly out of nowhere to a great effect and to show how h is working on another level on this release.
8. "Damn Girl"
This one finds that the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am comes to deliver the production here and he comes with a nice mix of both live instrumentals and his own electronic work for a fresh mix which enables the singer to come out with a vocal performance that has to be liven to something like "Señorita" (from his debut) in that he brings out the higher end of his voice's range and explores it to the best of his abilities.
9. "Summer Love / Set The Mood"
This one was solely a radio single and so wasn't as popular as the other singles to drop off the album, but I wouldn't say that (by any means) it is a weaker in any way as you see that on this one you have Justin coming out with a straight killer tune as here you find that he moves exclusively into the R&B side of his music and straight rips it in this way and performs a tune that sits as one of the best on the album.
10. "Until The End Of Time"
Although the remix was much more popular (as it came as a single, in which he collaborated with Beyoncé Knowles) this is a killer tune on the album and one that shows the artist's nineties R&B influences as he comes with a slow and sensual track that takes on all of the characteristics of that time to come out with a track that has been created perfectly. You can't fault it and having just one like this means you attention is drawn towards it.
11. "Losing My Way"
This one follows on nicely from the track prior to it as you are taken down the pace of things, but rather than coming out with another sexy slow jam, this one finds him altering his approach to sing emotively, and quite personally about where he is at (as he sung the song) and the motions he was feeling as a result of this. It is a fly one, but one that needs time to really be felt in the way it deserves.
12. "All Over Again"
The album ends on Justin coming out with a track that really doesn't fit in with the way that the rest of the album went, and this is due to the fact that Timbaland has no input here whatsoever and as a result h goes towards the Pop ballad style (which Rick Rubin of all people) and does a song that I felt wasn't really doing as much for the album as the rest were, and so it was a bit of a disappointing end.
Ignoring the final track, this is a strong album from Justin and one that has him working at a very high standard as he shows how well he is able to balance all the typical style that he tends to work with in order to come out with some well-rounded material that has something for everyone.
As a redblooded heterosexual male I don't think im supposed to even listen to albums like this, let alone like them or review them, however this left such an impression on me that I can admit to not only liking it, but loving it.
Future Sex / Love Sounds is Justin Timberlakes follow up to his 2002 debut solo album "Justified", after the success of that album and at 22 years old Timberlake felt burned out and didn't think he could produce anything as good so decided to take a break from music, in the meantime during this break he pursued other endeavours including acting and just generally taking time off and relaxing.
In 2005 Timberlake was at the point where he felt he could make music again, he didn't like what he was hearing on Pop radio and felt he could make something better and different, he contacted renowned producer Timbaland who he had worked with on " Justified" and felt was "not afraid to work outside the box" .
In December 2005 Production on the then untitled second solo album began in earnest and songs started to come together, Timberlake even went against writing lyrics down saying it would " Slow him down" and instead came up with them in his head and made the music fit around them, by January 2006 they had over a dozen songs composed.
Future Sex / Love Sounds was released in the United States in September 2006 and immediately debuted at number one in the Billboard charts, the album went on to sell over 4 million copies in the states and over 9 million worldwide.
Whats my opinion of the album, well I liked it from day one, maybe not every track on the album is a winner, but the commercially successful "Sexyback" is an excellent track, and the haunting and unique title track is excellent and memorable without being poppy and commercial sounding, and my personal favourite is the incredible "What goes around " which I think is his best work yet, a fitting sequel to "Cry me a river" ( and supposedly not about Britney, but I dunno, there are some similarities ).
On a sidenote after listening to this album me and my wife purchased tickets to the Futuresex/ Loveshow tour that was visiting Buffalo NY where we live, it was an incredible show and well put together, showcasing timberlake's talent as a singer and writer and included a version of "What goes around" that surpasses the album version ( If you haven't heard it I would recommend going on youtube and typing in "What goes around / HBO as its incredible )
This Album may not be in the classic lists that people throw out there of the best albums of all time, but it has its place in music and is one of the better pop albums to come out in the last 10 years in my opinion, if you like pop music and you like Justin Timberlake then get this CD ( although if you do and you don't already own it then i'll be amazed ) you'll listen to it over and over again im sure
I'll say this straight off i am not a fan of Justin Timberlake. Infact i kind of despice just how sucessfull he is with repetitive and this type of cocky music that is self obsessive and boring all over the world. When i see Justin Timberlake it makes me mad just how successful he is in comparison to better artists like Will Young, Leon Jackson etc who are not selling as well as Timberlake but consistently produce emotional and heartwarming quality music but get outsold by this quite frankly annoyance.
Ok got to say first of all Sexy Back is sort of catchy but so annoyin and what an awful message as well. Furturesex/Lovesound and Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk To You are as annoying - what is the theme of the first three songs? oh i see....and my point is proved right there that this is an album about cocky music that is self obssesive and partly responsible for the primiscious attitudes of society today! My Love is slightly better but not that much. I kind of see What goes around comes around appeal but then Chop Me Up oh look Timbalands back, of course!, Damn Girl ARGGGGGGH! so simple and ten year old atititude. Summer love is a nice intro. The rest is alright nothing special. I like the ideas of Intro and Preludes and stuff but it's pretty much single minded, i like quality music! not garbage like this
Sorry i know Timberlake's succesfull but i think this album is weak, nice vibe in terms of production but what an awful attitude, no wonder people's attitudes are going down! the drains in the world today. I think his voice is not great, thin and weak and ALSO i think he cant get through 3 songs without a gimmik collabroation with either MADONNA or RHIANNA or fighting back with BRITNEY or TIMBALAND
This album failed to impress. With a couple of good hits on it such as the No. 1 hit Futuresex/Lovesound, and Love Stoned, the rest of this album failed where his previous albums have succeeded.
I found the beats and rhythm's throughout the album fairly monotonous and repetitive, with little melody to keep me interested. I had to struggle to get through the whole album without falling asleep as there was nothing new and nothing exciting in his new songs. (This is with the exception of the above mentioned two songs).
Some of the tracks have been used in the clubs, and the remixes are far superior to the original songs.
JT's vocals are now seeming boring, when once they were fresh and new, and his whole act seems a bit past it's sell by date.
I really hope he continues to write, as his older music was great. He now needs to fuse his new sounds with the x factor that made his older songs hits.
Justin Timberlake is one of my favorite artist, even during his days in his boy band NSYN'C his I think the best member in that group. I knew that if ever the group at that time will break up, and he decided to go solo, he will still have a good future. He got the looks, the voice and of course his dancing prowess and we can't also deny his charisma with girls. His first solo album Justified was a big hit,my favorite songs in the albums are Like I love you, Rock your body and Cry me a river.
2006 he has released his second solo album Future Sex/Love Sounds album which is I think is another good album coming from him. Mostly the songs in the album is sexy and danceable songs, and its his strength as an artist because his a good dancer.I would just discuss some of my favorite track in the album
As I first heard it, instantly I fell in love with the song "Sexy Back", which I think is really a sexy song. The sound and the voice really compliments each other that's why the outcome is really good, I was not shocked that it was a theme song in every bars and clubs here.
This is also my favorite in the album, I like the song so much specially when I saw its video with Timberland. It adds appeal to the song, for me its a new kind of sounds, from slow then later on gets fast and become a danceable song.
What goes around comes around
The song is like a story about infidelity, its a love song for brokenhearted or cheated. Its another good song, a different approach about getting over a heartache.
This is a fast song and another danceable song, and later on become slow.Its the main comparison of the songs in the album, it will go fast or slow, which is for me is very effective. I just simply like the idea of switching and mixing of sounds.
For me Justin is not just a good singer and artist his also a good performer, I saw his concert on T.V. and the people really enjoyed his performance. Plus I guess his really a good hearted person because the people really love him, and its one of the reason why his still in the music industry he knows how to deal with fame.
Following up from his acclaimed first album 'Justified', comes hot off the decks, Justin Timberlake's latest offering: 'FutureSex/LoveSounds'. Before I go any further, it's worth noting that this album contains PARENTAL ADVICE - as Mr.JT has a tendancy to use the odd rude reference here and there - tut tut. I haven't used any of his obsensities, fear not!
Unsurprisingly, the power of the Timberlake meant that this album, released in September 2006, went straight to Number 1 in the album charts...pretty much all over the world. But, was that high charting a result of a tip top album, or the result of commitment from the legions of dedicated fans that Mr.Trousersnake has???
One thing I noticed about this album, that is different from his last, is that is has a lot of 'preludes' which tag on the end of a song, presumedly to introduce the next song...the point of this being what exactly...I don't know. The UK version of the album contains 13 songs, which also include collaborations with artists such as Timberland, Snoop Dog (no, not the Peanuts character!), Will.I.Am (from the Black Eyed Peas) and T.I. (whoever he is).
For those of you who don't know, Justin Timberlake (born 31/01/1981) is famed for a number of things:
>Being a member of one of the most successful boy bands from America: 'N SYNC'.
>Being a 'mousekateer' on the Disney channel as a child, with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
>His heavily publicised relationship with Britney Spears
>His even more publicised relationship with hollywood A-Lister, Cameron Diaz.
>As well as this he is renowned for his dashing beauty and charm and rather high pitched falsetto.
The way I'm going to review this album is by giving each track a rating out of 10. I've discussed each track using 2 categories: Sound (how the song actually sounds, obviously) and About (what the lyrical content is like).
Ok...on with the first track...
1) FutureSex/LoveSounds 4:01
"Tell me which way you like that. Do you like it like this?" (he likes to please, bless him)
>>Sound: I really like this track. It has a distinct and complex sound, primarily made up of synthesiser strings. The feel of the track is cool and hip, which is a nice introductory start to set the album off. I find the verses to be melodically quite boring, but the chorus saves the song. After the first time I heard the album all the way through, this was the only one that stayed with me and stuck in my memory so much that I could sing it to myself, surely a testament for a good song. Musically, it's a great succession from 'Justified'.
>>About: Here we have JT talking (well, singing) to someone who he fancies. I get the idea that he's out on the pull and trying to 'woo' his ladies with lines such as 'Daddy's on a mission to please...must be my future sex love sound.' But what is a 'future sex love sound'? A new discovery in pleasure or simply a new way of pulling...hmm...JT conquerors and gets his lady (quel surprise): 'tell me which way you like that'.
Track rating: 9/10
2) Sexyback 4:02 (feat. Timberland)
"I'm bringing sexy back. Them other boys don't know how to act" (speak for yourself!)
>>Sound: This is the first official release from this album, reaching the golden number one spot. It is very catchy and has a strangely hypnotic beat that makes me want to dance (cliche, but true). JT and Timberland converse in a 'call and respond' dialogue cleverly using a vocoda, which lets us hear JT as we've never heard him before. When I first heard this song, I didn't realise it was actually JT - a refreshing change from his overused falsetto, that we have so become accustomed to. The general sound makes me think of words to describe it such as 'electro funk with after tastes of RnB and elements of a latin samba' - ooo la la, nice. There are so many interesting and unusual sounds in this track, it's only downfall is that it is very repetive.
>>About: In this track, JT is claiming he will bring sexiness back into the world, because apparently other men aren't doing it properly. JT will set the example and have all girls at his feet (yeah yeah). JT likes to use the 'f' word in this track - normally I would be appauled at such lack of articulate ability, but I find this dare I say...sexy (ouch). JT will be a gentleman and take his ladies to the VIP suite - well so he claims here anyway, lucky ladies!
Track rating: 9/10
3) Sexy Ladies/Let me talk to you prelude. 5:32
"I know a little betty from downtown" (I promise, that's a real lyric)
>>Sound: This song has an 80s feel blended with a funk beat. The chorus is highly annoying as it is so repetitive. I'm really not sure about this one. There are too many sounds that seem to have been ripped from a Super Nintendo game, or an old New Kids on the Block track. This is the 3rd consecutive song with 'sex' in the title - hormonal or what?
>>About: Not exactly song writing genius here - he sings about how many sexy ladies he has - he is a prince amongst his hareem, so to speak. The prelude (which blends in at the end of the track, not an individual track listing as such) sounds like they just got set up in a kitchen and are jamming away with the beats of the stainless steel pan and some Ken Hom Woks. It uses elements of "My Love' (his second release, also the next track on this album). It's very repetitive and sounds too much like a time filler as opposed to a cleverly crafted piece of music. Really not sure about this one - this one is safe to skip! Instantly forgettable.
Track rating: 6/10
4) My Love 4:36 (feat. T.I.)
"You could be my baby, let me make you my lady. Girl, you amaze me. Ain't gotta do nothing crazy. See, all I want you to do is be my love" (bless)
>>Sound: This is the second release from this album and back to JT with his mighty (supposedly) falsetto, charting at number 2. This song has a heavy, weird, electrically pulsed, rift that reminds me of the first 3 seconds of the 'Casualty' theme tune. Really disappointed with this one. It's such a boring song - hopefully it will be followed up by something a bit more inspiring. There is a good mild-rap section before the chorus 'I can see us holding hands...' THEN the boring chorus comes in 'My love, my love, my love, my looooooove' - Yawnarama! There's a 'proper' rap section by T.I. - which seems to me, to be totally unnecessary and an obvious inclusion 'lets give it some RnB credability by letting someone rap on it' - um no! The whole track sound like a weird mix - thumbs down for me.
>>About: JT is talking to the one he loves, but wants some sign of commitment to the relationship - that she is, his love - ahhhh lovely. I like how this song is up tempo - it could easily have been a slow sappy ballad - hurrah it's not - but boooo it's not great!
Track rating: 6/10
5) Love Stoned/I think she knows (interlude) 7:24
"She's freaky and she knows it. She's freaky, but I like it" (I wonder if this is one is about dear old Britney?)
>>About: This was his fourth single release in the UK. This song has a really good beat that is reminiscent of 'FutureSex/LoveSound'. It also has a 70s feel to it, with hints of disco mashed into a fresh new sound. It gets highly repetive (quel surprise) to a point of boredom. The interlude sounds much rockier, like a strange mix of the song we just heard turning into a nice string arrangement...nice.
>>About: Same old song about a girl he fancies and hopes he will be going home with her. He uses the analogy of her beauty acting as a drug on him. How original (...yawn, yawn)
Track rating: 7/10
6) What Goes Around.../...Comes Around (Interlude) 7:28
"Just so confused about it. Feeling the blues about it" (Hmm, think this may be a reference to Britney's meeting with the hair clippers??)
>>Sound: This is the third release from the album getting to number 4 in the UK charts. There is a good spanish guitar intro - sounding very different to anything so far on the album. It sounds more like an N-SYNC song in the chorus, as the multi-voice effects creates the audical (is that a word) illusion of a boyband and takes away from the edgey feel of JT up to this point. The chorus is ok - but after a few times of listening, it begun to get on my nerves - like one of those irritating melodies you can't stop singing and drives you crazy...grrrr it's in my head now! The interlude is a much 'edgier' version of the track, nice choral sample used in the background, which marries nicely with the hard beat and 'gangstar' rap - which reminded me of music from Eminem's '8 mile'. I would prefer it if he didn't use so many rappers, as it makes the whole feeling of the album, so much more generic.
>>About: In this song, he is talking to a girl, who he went out with in a previous relationship and asking her about her current man. Almost like he wants her back. He's obviousy hurt over the way she's behaving and his basic message is - if you keep acting like this - you'll get hurt. He's trying to move on, he even thought about marrying her, cor blimey!
Tracking rating: 7/10
7) Chop Me Up 5:03 (feat Timberland and Three6Mafia)
"Back to my house. Let's watch Sex and the City or Desperate Housewives" (Haha! You couldn't even make this stuff up! I'd prefer LOST myself, but hey)
>>Sound: Initially, I would never guess that was a JT track - it sounds much more like a song from a rap/hip hop album. It's a breakaway from previous tracks - it doesn't sound too bad and is a refreshing change of direction for the album. The chorus is quite easy to listen to, but personally, I don't like the rap throughout.
>>About: I'm not really sure what it's really about. It sounds like they keep saying 'You got me like struddle'. Perhaps she was a witch and turned him into an apple struddle??? Off something off beat and slighty irreverant like that?? Hmm, oh well, nothing wrong with the odd, abstract and irreverant song now and again!
Track rating: 7/10
8) Damn Girl 5:12 (feat Will.I.Am)
"Don't need no Maybelline, 'Cause you're a beauty queen" (hmm, how eloquent)
>>Sound: This has to be one of my least favourite tracks on the album. It is so repetitive and features yet more rappers, with their blah de blah 'we're so fly' lyrics (whatever 'fly' means). I'm loathed to talk about it anymore...
>>About: I can't be bothered to even think about attempting to discuss what this song is about...yawn yawn yawn.
Track rating: 2/10
9) Summer Love/Set the Mood (prelude) 6:33
"This just can't be summer love (L-O-V-E)" (Incase you were wondering how it was spelt...?)
>>Sound: Initially my reaction on hearing this song, was this: 'ooo synthesisers'...and that was it. At first, I didn't like this track at all, but it has grown on me. This is another highly repetitive song, with a constant and somewhat monotonous rift in the background of synth-ness. JT's vocals are rather good on this track. The middle 8 of this song is reminscent of a 'Justified' track (his last album), which is something that I really like about it. As for the prelude, it has a somewhat 'geisha' feel to it and doesn't sit right on the album somehow - skip please.
>>About: He's just met a girl and is showering her with compliments and blah de blah - no originality...again!
Track rating: 7/10
10) Until the End of Time 5:22
"Sick and tired of trying to save the world. I just want to spend my time with you girl" (Who does he think he is? Clark blummin Kent?)
>>Sound: This song follows on from the previous 'interlude' with a mellow, geisha tinted, style. Melodically this song is very pretty. Compared to the other work on this album, there is a lot more going on musically. There seems to a mild cacophony of sounds that detract from the overall potential beauty of this song. This is one of the songs on the album that I wouldn't mind hearing again...however, I wouldn't rush out and buy it, if it was on sale as a single, by any means.
>>About: This song is a reflection on the things that are going wrong with the world. There are disasters and people doing bad things. Yet, the whole time, the one he loves, still has goodness in her (...pass me bucket, someone) - that's about it really! How sweet!
Track rating: 7/10
11) Losing My Way 5:21
"Hi my name is Bob and I work at my job" (He's a poet and he doesn't know it - someone pass him a Novello writers award immediately!)
>>Sound: Initially, this one reminded me of the song 'Til I got high' (or something like that, the title of the track escapes me, by the rastafarian band that were hooked on the old marajuana). JT's voice is very nice in the song once it gets going, but there is a really annoying background rift of 'ba da ba' throughout - argh this song is irritating! The middle8 isn't so bad, because that blummin 'ba da ba' stops...but oh, then it starts again, this time with a choir thrown in for good measure too! To be honest, the choir is this tracks saving grace, as they make it sound much, MUCH better, reminding me of a gospel choir...perhaps from a graffiti covered church just yards away from 'the street' - a la Sister Act2.
>>About: The lyrics in this track are simply awful, as if a 7 year old has just penned them! I guess the encouraging thing about this song, is that Timberlake has put himself into a 'character 'and sings about how the character's life has turned out not the way he had hoped. It's better than the usual 'Girl I love you, yeah, Girl I really do, ooo, Girl I love you, do you love it too' drivel that the album has rolled out so far (Hmm I maybe I should send him those lyrics for his next album, it would fit, surely?) The 'acting' 9if you can call it that) JT saying 'um excuse me' at the beginning of the track is simply cringe worthy.
Track rating: 6/10
12) (Another Song) All Over Again 5:48
"So please give me another chance, to write you another song" (O dear, Justin, the way it's going, I'd rather you didn't)
>>Sound: The intro of this song is beautiful, then JT pipes up with his unnecessary 'ahhhhs' and 'yeahhhs'...then it is ruined. This is quite simply put, 'the ballad' of the album. Its the sort of song you imagine coming on the radio, late at night, whilst nursing a glass of red wine. The good thing about this track, is that it isn't interrupted by any rappers or any annoying rifts. It is purely JT, a piano, strings and a bluesy rhythm. Not a bad song, but I think it's purpose would serve better if it was sung a bit more simply, with no 'ooooh's and 'yeaaaah's. If only Beverly Craven were still making mainstream records...this could have been hers dammit!
>>About: This is Justin singing to a girl he loves (Oh my, quel surprise), but their relationship is over and he wants to rekindle it. He admits to behaving like a loser in the past, but is prepared to change all that and do good by her - hence to let him write her another song - the analogy to give their relationship another chance.
Track rating: 7/10
13) Pose 4:46 (feat. Snoopy Dogg) (*only available on Japan and UK editions)
"Head, shoulders, feet and toes" (Everyone knows it's: shoulders KNEES and toes, deary me)
>>Sound: Oh my word, this song is SO irritating. Urgh, I hate it so much that I'm starting to resent having to listen to it again, so I can offer a fair review...on second thought scrap that. It sounds like the generic, mild rap, slight electro, 'edgy' song, that we've all heard many, many times before. Double urgh at Snoops blummin annoying rap - ARRRGHHH its so annoying!
>>About: It's lyrics like "S-N-double O-P-D-O double Gizzle 'n J Tizzle" that reassure you that you are listening to a classy tune, isn't it...Ah hem! This track is called 'Pose', so it's about the best way to...um...pose and look good for a 'picture'. No prizes for guessing what the person doing the posing is wearing, or indeed why they are coming up with so many 'poses'. The filthy beggars! This is also the second song that mentioned 'Maybelline' so I'm starting to wonder if Mr.JT is on some sort of commission deal here???
Track rating: 5/10
END OF ALBUM
I thought Justin Timberlake's last album was great, full of great songs that evoked many feelings for me, from joy to sorrow, and for a debut album, it was very impressive. Inevitably, there was an element of pressure on JT's shoulders to produce an album to equal, but preferably, improve on his previous success. Unfortunately, I found this album instantly forgettable. I would only buy this if it was in a sale, as I don't think it is worth the full retail price. Don't be a victim of hype - this album is not one of the greats by any stretch of the imagination.
An overall album rating of: 6.5/10 (86/130 to be precise)
Thanks for reading :)
© MarcoG 2008
(similar version also on ciao)
Let me introduce you to Justin Timberlake international superstar. From Mickey Mouse Club star to NSync, to solo artist. He joined the Mickey Mouse Club in 1994 where he co-stared with Christina Aguilera, Ryan Gosling, Keri Russel and Britney Spiers who he later in 2000 had a high profile relationship with. He joined NSync in 1995 which was a huge success and they had several hits. In 2002 Justin became a solo artist. His first album is called 'Justified' and was a hit. His current album Futuresex/Lovesound has been very successful and debuted at Number 1 in the charts (UK and US) when released in 2006.
Having recently seen Justin Timberlake in the Futuresex/Lovesound tour in Brisbane (Australia), I thought I would review this album. The concert was amazing, one of the best I have been to so far. It had brilliant lighting and was a fantastic show to watch, with Justin singing live and he did sound more or less the same as his album. I am going to review each track out of 5 and after each song title the length of the track is listed. So here goes the review of his album;
1) Futuresex/Lovesound - (4.01)
This is laid back with a good beat to dance to. He opened up his concert with this song and it has a computerised vibe (almost like his voice was robotic) which makes it seem futuristic. This song is one of those which does get stuck in your head.
2) Sexyback - (4.02)
All about Justin "bringing sexy back". I chose to buy this album after hearing this track. At the start I hated the song but its very catchy and makes me want to dance every time I hear it. Its got a great beat to it which everyone knows the words!
3) SexyLadies/Let me talk to you Prelude - (5.32)
This song makes me think that Justin is big headed. He's singing about how he's got loads of sexy ladies. It's got a funky beat like most of the other songs thought its not one you would get up to dance to. It's not really about anything just him thinking he's great really.
4) My Love (feat T.I) - (4.36)
I quite like this song, it's about a man wanting to marry a girl and spend the rest of his life with her. It's very quirky and not a song I would really dance to but always sing the chorus maybe because I don't know the other words lol! In the middle T.I. raps and I think it would have been better if he didn't. There is an electronic pulse type beat at the start keeping in theme that the album is futuristic. I do feel the song lasts too long and find myself turning it over before it's finished.
5) LoveStoned/ I think she know it - (7.24)
It's about a girl who is perfect and has got him lovestoned (whatever that means!) I like the line 'she looks like a model except she's got a little more ass'. I think it sends out a good message to young girls that men don't like stick thin girls. It's very catchy like most of his other songs but you go through each song and they do have a similar style. It's another song you could dance to it and has a funky beat to it.
6) What Goes Around.../..Comes around (interlude) - (7.28)
This is a very catchy song and sounds more like a boy band song than the other tracks. It is about someone being deeply in love with someone but they cheated on them. It is a great beak up song as it gives out the message 'what goes around comes all the way back around'. Then the girl who cheats on him is being cheated on herself and he doesn't want to know and thinks she has got what she deserves. You find yourself singing along to it and it has that dramatic feel to it. It is quite a long song and sort of stops in the end and starts again with rapping which is different and I have never heard this being done before in a song.
7) Chop Me Up (feat Timberland and Three Mafia) - (5.03)
Timberland features on this track and it really shows his influence. It's a hop hop song with a catchy beat. It's about girls messing men about and making fools out of them. Most of the song is rapping. It's not the strongest track on the album and Justin only really sings in the chorus.
8) Damn Girl (feat Will.I.Am) - (5.12)
Another upbeat song which Justin sings quite high most of the way through the track. It's about how great this girl is and there is rapping in the middle from Will.I.Am.
9) Summer Love/ Set the mood (prelude) - (6.33)
Very catchy and makes you want to get up and dance. It has that computerised sound to it like most other songs on the album. Its about a summer romance and how he feels that it is more than summer love. This is another song that stops at the end and you think its over and it starts again.
10) Until the End of Time - (5.22)
This is one of them slow sloppy songs about love. In my opinion it's not a great song, however Justin gets to show off his singing talent. There are backup singers singing in the chorus to give you that mushy feeling. It's a song you would expect a boy band to sing.
11) Losing my Way - (5.21)
This is my favourite song on the album. It's about a man who has a great life, however he gets mixed up in drugs and loses it all. I think he dies in the end because when I was in the concert Justin said before he sang this song "This is for everyone who has lost someone". It's quite a sad song but shows how drugs can ruin people's lives. He's singing from the person who's taking the drugs (Bob) point of view and shows their desperation. I think it gives out a brilliant message to people about how drugs can start out as fun and can take over and destroy your live. This song has a gospel feel about it and the backup singers sound like a church choir. It has a very catchy course and I find myself listening to it over and over again.
12) (Another Song) All Over Again - (5.48)
This is another slow song about a man making mistakes and wanting another chance to make things right. It's a simple song which I think is very calming and soothing. It's got violins and an orchestra playing in the background with the piano playing softly.
13) Pose (feat Snoopy Dogg) - (4.46)
I don't like this song at all, it's got a sleazy theme about girls posing for a photograph. Its got a jumpy beat and Snoopy Dogg raps in it and his influence is very clear throughout the song. I am not a fan of his music and this might be why I don't like the song.
I think this album is a great buy however it could take time to get used to. When I first bought it I thought it was rubbish but the more I listened to it the more it grew on me. For 6.98 pounds I think this is a great buy and that Justin has brought Sexy Back!
Originally posted on Ciao under my username denisekelly40
Bought this album after hearing sexyback which i loved..i heard the 1st album justified and wasnt sure if this would be as big as that..but it was better
1. Futuresex/Lovesound - A great Dance track - Love the beat - makes you want to dance 7/10
2. Sexyback Ft.Timbaland - This was his first uk single..what a great hit..an amazing beat ..stick this one up loud..10/10
3. Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk to You -sounds like somthing prince would sing..wasnt so fond of this one 7/10
4. My Love Ft T.I. - 2nd release here in the uk.. This is my fav song of the album the beat is amazing T.I.s rap is great ..its just perfect 10/10
5. Love Stoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude) -This is a great dance track...put it on loud and you just wanna get up and dance - the interlude is lovely and slow and his voice is beautiful when he sing it 9/10
6. ...What Goes Around...Comes Around (Interlude) - 3rd release from the album...heard this one about 500 times and am sick of it but loved it..its slower than the others but nice 9/10
7. Chop Me Up Ft.Three 6 Mafia,Timbaland -Didnt like this one..the beat wasnt nice..skip it 2/10
8. Damn Girl -will.i.am from the black eyed peas features on this - sounds like another prince track..didnt get into it 3/10
9. Summer Love/Set the Mood - a nice summer track with a great beat 9/10
10. Until the End of Time - this is a beautiful ballad..nice lyrics..6/10
11. Losing My Way - An ok song..didnt like this once..isnt as catchy as the others 5/10
12. (Another Song) All Over Again - Another ballad..great lyrics..i like this one 8/10
13. Pose (Bonus Track) Ft. Snoop Dogg - Slow tempo..didnt like this snoop does a good job though 5/10
Can get for £7 on amazon or other internet sites
I loved this album mostly all the songs are a hit...timberland really made some great beats..you just wanna get up and dance..i reccomend this to anyone..you can listen to is over and over again..if you like prince or micheal jackson.. RnB hiphop then you would love this
Justin is back and with bigger names then ever. 4 years after his overly loved Justified album; Just returns to doing what he does best - write and recording, and for this album he has brought some massive players from the rap game to his songs. Although listeners and lovers of the old album may take time to adjust to Justin's new style of songs - the moment that adjustment has taken place, every song on this album will be played over and over. Despite the worry brought to fans with the scary release of SexyBack, it grew on people and is now loved when played in the clubs; and that is exactly what this album does. Grows on you.
I myself, being an avid Justin fan was shocked when I felt he was tryin to mass manufacter himself as a rap, but playing the CD through once had me humming some riffs and singing some melodies the next day and I was hooked on it a week later.
Justin's carrer has jumped him from boy band pop artist, to R and B solo singer to rap/dance collaborator - and every transition and change has only improved Justin as a perform and songwriter. This change is no different; Justin can and has excelled in every way to create this glorifying CD.
1. FutureSex/ LoveSound
This song is a great kick and hit to start with. Setting the mood perfectly and beckoning fans over to his new found style of dance, listeners of this opener cannot help but dance and sing along. With its futuristic beats and tuneful melodies - it can't help but be loved.
2. SexyBack - (Ft. Timbaland)
This smash hit and first release off the album had people worried about JTs new format of song, but after a while this track has become a huge club hit and is loved with its tuneful "Get your sexy on"; beckoning people to the dance floor.
3. Sexy Ladies
This bouncing track has a sexy and funky bass line and high pitched singing. All in all its not a bad song but I fear that it shouldn't have been placed so early on the CD. However, it has style, funk and is danceable. But after a few plays you are likely to begin to skip it.
4. My Love - (Ft. T.I.)
The second big release off the JT album is the fabulously funky My Love, with skillful singing and great rapping from TI.
5. Love Stoned
This one can not be missed. One of the most recently released tracks and so many parts of this song reak the words EXCELLENT. The tune, the backing funk lick, the lyrics, the bass. This song is danceable, singable and damn right awesome track.
6. What Goes Around
Whilst this song sets a mellow track and is delightfully tuneful and will no doubt be listened to over and over again by you, I can't help but feel there is a little something missing that could make this track perfect.
7. Chop Me Up - (Ft. Timbaland/Three 6 Mafia)
Chop Me Up is probably one of the worst tracks on the CD, although you will no doubt find yourself tapping your feet and renacting a couple of the skilful lyrics; this track is ruined by 3-6 mafia.
8. Damn Girl - (Ft. Will.i.am)
This track sets a perfect mood from the press of play, with hot beats, lovvving singing that sets chills down the spine. Justin not only enduces love from this track but also splices some hot lyrics into this 4 minute taste of heaven.
9. Summer Love
The song of Summer 2007. This track brings with it a wonderous story set to gorgeous lyrics and funky beats.
Yet another gorgeous song that will need to be played over and over, it has also been made with precision drumming and great refrains!
10. Until The End Of Time
This song really brings the mood down to a perfect level, bringing with it some great sounding soulful beats with loving lyrics.
11. Losing My Way
This skilful song brings a great story and a loving and original gospel-style backing and instrumental. Whilst this story is in no way biographical, Justin pulls of a meaningful message in an adorable song and package,
12. All Over Again (Another Song)
With most artists, they save the worst till last. Not in Justin's case, this song leaves you wanting to play this entire album "All Over Again"!
This entire abum is well worth waiting for, and if the normal tracks and guest stars don't entice you; wait till you try the special bonus disc edition - featuring Snoop Dogg!
You may not like it at first; but you can not help but fall for it. After all, it is a Justin Timberlake CD.
Memphis born Justin Timberlake was in the public eye from an early age, joining The Mickey Mouse Club in 1993 as a 'Mouseketeer' at the tender age of 12. The Mickey Mouse Club would be the starting point for several other future pop stars also, these being Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin's future N*SYNC band member JC Chasez. When the show ended in 1995, Justin would go on to join the aforementioned N*SYNC where he would remaim until 2002, leaving the band to concentrate on starting out a solo career for himself. Although N*SYNC are officially on an extended hiatus, it would be wrong to say that the band will not be back as some will suggest, given that they have only released 3 of their 5 album contract quota. The first solo album Justin released was 'Justified' in 2002, an album that went on to sell over seven million copies worldwide. It was thus a four year wait before this very album came about, and 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' was definitely worth the wait.
Kicking off with title track 'FutureSex/LoveSound' - the album starts as it means to go on; a great track with a chilled out vibe and incredible chorus. This one will have you singing along in no time, opening the album in style and leaving you excited about the sound the rest of the album will bring about. From here, we move on to the album's first single 'Sexy Back' and once again the album does not disappoint. It is 'Sexy Back' that first attracted me to the album - although at first I wasn't too sure about it, I soon found myself singing it when I least expected it. If you're not careful, this one could easily get stuck in your head for months with its intensely catchy beat, slick vocal styling, and awesome electro edge. It is no surprise then that 'Sexy Back' hit the number one spot in the U.S, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany and in fact the United World Chart; a true powerhouse of a single that will no doubt be played by many the world over for years to come.
The third track on the album is 'Sexy Ladies - Let Me Talk To You', an impressive track which Justin moves coolly through with great flair. Although not the most intelligently written track you'll ever come across, it does make for a good listen and progresses the album nicely. With 'My Love', the albums third single there is great strength and it is clear as day as to why it was chosen to be a single. Intensely catchy and highly memorable, 'My love' was always destined to be a hit. This one is smoothly written, with a strong beat and a pulsing electronic sound which goes down a treat. Featuring rapper T.I, 'My Love' presses all the right buttons for me, and is a fine collaboration with rap parts of great strength, and the killer Justin Timberlake falsetto to boot.
'LoveStoned /I Think She Knows' is probably my favourite of all the tracks on the album. There's just something about this one that really appeals to me, and for me make it stand out as one of the highlights of the album. Highly catchy as ever and with a great vocal sound, Justin blasts his way through this one with incredible style. For me it is the soft side of this track coming in at 5 minutes which makes the track. After the track has slowed and you think it is coming to a close, Justin pipes up once more with a softly sung final surge. This for me works incredibly well and rounds off a near on perfect track with remarkable style, polishing off nicely for me the album's crowning glory.
Following on from 'LoveStoned /I Think She Knows' is 'What Goes Around-Comes Around', a powerful track with an intense beat, great rhythm, and highly memorable chorus. The thing I love about this track is the fact that it breaks with expectation, and rather than sounding typically Justin Timberlake, it is more akin to the sound of N*SYNC. It is clear that his past status in the boy band has come to the forefront in this one and to a great effect. It is an interesting progression therefore that the next track on the album should be heavily Hip-Hop influenced 'Chop Me Up'. This little number features Timbaland, and if you didn't happen to be listening to the latest Justin Timberlake album you'd have serious problems accepting that this was in fact a song of his. Although the track would probably be a lot more at home on the track listing of Timbaland's latest than Timberlake's, the track works extremely well and Timbaland's rap style featuring heavily throughout the track works terrifically alongside the vocals of Justin.
'Damn Girl' is perhaps the weakest link on the album, an extremely repetitive track which although has its moments, is predominantly a messy track lacking the quality the rest of the album has been so blessed with. This collaboration with Black Eyed Peas will.i.am has clearly not worked in the way in which had been pictured, and the album would definitely have benefitted had this track not been included.
Luckily 'Damn Girl' was only a temporary blip as next up is 'Summer Love/Set The Mood', a track that in my opinion has a great feel about it. This track is strong, possessing a powerful drumbeat, slick synth sound, and typically smooth vocals. The track lives up to its name, and is most certainly a summer anthem. 'Until The End Of Time' is up next and although it takes a while to get going, when it does finally do so it turns out to be a decent track and although not one of my favourites is still a competent offering.
'Losing My Way' is the beginning of the end for me; it is here that I feel the album begins to draw to a close. With a chilled out vibe and reasonably slow pace, the mood of the album can definitely be seen to have changed for this track. The end is in sight, but the quality does not deteriorate - track quality is still strong and Timberlake's soft vocals make for an extremely pleasant listening experience. Towards the end of the track, a choir accompaniment is introduced and although this may sound a little out there it really does work. The choir vocals running alongside those of Justin Timberlake for me is a master stroke, with the choir element of the track definitely finishing things off nicely. Continuing the close of the album is '(Another Song) All Over Again', another slow paced track with a relaxed edge and chilled out vibe. This time the track has a piano accompaniment, winding the album down further and really closing the album with style.
The album draws to its final close with 'Pose' featuring Snoop Dogg; a strong track showcasing a fine collaboration which has come off extremely well. 'Pose' has a relatively slow pace and winds the album down nicely, with a clear air of finality about the track signalling that this is where the album is to be brought to a close. The dual vocal of Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake works perfectly and the album is lead to a close in impeccable style.
One qualm I have with this album is the 'Interlude' tagged on to a number of the tracks. Serving as an introduction in to the next track on the album, these 'Interlude' and 'Prelude's that have been implemented could have been a nice little touch for the continuity of the album, however are far too long in length and after a while just become irritating. If these interludes were shortened, then there is no doubt in my mind that they would actually add depth to the album, however in their current length they have ultimately detracted from the quality of the album as a whole. In order to make for a satisfying listening experience at times you feel the need to skip past the irritating interludes where present.
As a whole, 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' is an incredible album, and one moment of weakness aside is a flawless display of the excellence of Justin Timberlake and the talent he possesses. Having already played this album half to death, there is to be no doubt as to whether or not I will continue to do so. 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' is sure to remain a favourite of mine throughout 2007, and will surely continue to be so as we head into 2008. Having collaborated with the likes of Timbaland and 50 Cent this year as well as having released several of his own solo singles alike, Justin Timberlake has been a regular fixture in the UK Top 40 and all I can say of the matter is that the man thoroughly deserves it. I just hope it won't be another four years before the man surfaces again with another solo album.
Justin Timberlake- FutureSex/LoveSound
Here is a list of tracks on this album:
Seyback ft Timbaland
Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk To You (Prelude)
My Love ft T.I.
LoveStoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)
What Goes Around Comes Around (Interlude)
Chop Me Up ft Three Six Mafia & Timbaland
Summer Love/Set the Mood (Prelude)
Until The End Of Time
Losing My Way
All Over Again
What can I say? Justin Timberlake is my favourite artist and will always be after this sensational album. Most of the singles released have been his better songs but this album overall is fantastic. Each song is quality in its own right. I especially love the preludes and interludes, which help link the songs in the album together.
After success from Justins first album, we have had to wait an extraordinary four years for this one. It was worth the wait. Some of these songs will go down as one of the best in history. There is some great beat added from Timbaland, as well as a fusion of pop, rap and dance music.
JT has proved that he has the amazing talent to do great things by himself. There isnt really a weakness in this album. Unlike Justified, this album has more quality songs, beats and lyrics, which are all deserved to go in this album. Justin has learnt a lot from four years ago and though some may argue that Timbaland has had too much of an effect on Justin, well who hasnt. I believe it is a great collaboration and this album proves it.
Is interestingly, I believe, the worst track on this album. It isnt bad; it just isnt a good opener. It takes too long to settle in and I must admit that after I heard this, I didnt know what to really expect from the rest of the album. 5/10
Is great in its own right. If you bought the album after hearing this single, well done! It is an unusual type of sound, but it worked and luckily enough, it casts away the shadow of the boring first song. With great beat, it sets you up for the rest of the album. 8/10
Sexy Ladies/ Let Me Talk To You (Prelude)
This is an OK song. Above Average. But the best thing about this is the prelude. It is repetitive, and ultra beaty, again leading you to the best song on the track and one of Justins best songs ever-My Love.
Genius, pure genius. T.I. plays a big part in helping this song come alive with its dancy tune and the vocals are excellent. This is JTs best song by far, ever and will never be forgotten.
Lovestoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)
Another great song and this isnt far behind one of his best songs ever! With a Jackson sorts of sound, LoveStoned is a very good track. It is sort of slow and the lyrics can get down on you a bit. But it is one of those songs that you must listen to a few times before you begin to respect its excellence. Again, the wonderfully combined Interlude helps this song along and makes it better. In fact, to be honest, I believe the feeling that the interlude is sung in, makes it overshadow the song slightly and is a touch better!
What Goes Around Comes Around (Interlude)
Due to the simple fact that many can relate to this outstanding song, it is my second favourite on the album. Great vocals and lyrics and another great interlude make this song fantastic. It is sung with such sentiment, that it entices you to read on as such, only youre not reading but listening.
Chop Me Up
More on the side of the collaborates, this is a good kind of hip-hop song. At the beginning you may wonder what its doing on such a calm and smooth album, but dont be fooled listen on and you will find hidden Mr Timberlakes voice and only then will you appreciate its importance in the album. Not only does it add some variety to the album, but it also helps us recognize the greatness of Timbaland and how far he has brought JT with his collabs.
Great Repetition makes this song what it is. Timbalands great work again shows and I neednt speak more about this song. The high-pitched voice is amazing and this is really a good song.
Summer Love/Set the Mood (Prelude)
As this hasnt come out as a single, people wont have heard of it, but it deserves to be heard of. It has great music and the song is fab. The only real thing that lets it down is for once the prelude, which completely slows down the extraordinary tempo of this track.
Losing My Way, All Over Again & Pose
These three tracks are all good in their own respect. Losing My Way is good due to the background music but listening to it too many times makes it bad, All Over Again has great piano music but is different and Pose isnt the best song ever but again this is because of the rubbish Snoop. I dont know why people feature him in their songs. Hes just spoilt the album for JT but Im sure all us big Justin fans will forgive him for that slight drib.
Overall, this is my favourite album of the year! If you have read my other reviews, you will realize that I tell the story as it is. The review I did on the NeYos Because of You album said that only a handful of tracks were good. On this album, every track is good and some are exceptional.
Justin has done himself no harm here and it is much better than the first album. Some credit should be given to Timbaland. I hope you agree, these two make a weighty collaboration and hopefully JT comes out with another soulfunking album very quickly.
A Must Buy. 100% Amazing Excellent Outstanding!
This maybe astounding but this moment is actually the first time I have ever reviewed an entire album, and it didn't take me long to decide who I want the artist of the first album I ever rate to be. That's right, I choose Justin Timberlake. The follow-up to his first solo album Justified is titled Future Sex/Love Sounds, and with a far out title like that you'd expect the music to match the new direction he seems to be going in. How does it all go together? Well let me tell you.
If Britney Spears is the princess of pop, or at least she was until her disturbing breakdown, then Justin Timberlake is definitly the prince of whatever he wants to be. Just like Spears, Justin was a child star on big hit American television shows such as; 'Star Search' and 'The Mickey Mouse Club'. It was on the latter show that Justin first met Britney, who he later went on to have a well publicized relationship with. This television exposure at such a young age would be nothing but good for him however, as it cemented him a spot in one of the biggest boy bands of all time, *NSYNC.
Justin was very much the lead man of the band. The debut *NSYNC album, 'No Strings Attatched', became the fastest selling album of all time. As with all boy bands, they came to the end of their run and Justin went on to have his solo career, with his debut album 'Justified' selling 7 million copies worldwide and allowed him to access new avenues such as his infamous performance with Janet Jackson at the Superbowl and her 'wardrobe malfunction'. With a lot of great single success also off the album (see my Justin Timberlake DVD review from about a month back for more details on them) Justin faded off to work on his next production.
From pop, Justin was going to really blast the door open on an R&B career for himself and for the most part there is not even any stigma attatched to liking Justin Timberlake anymore. If anyone has done a great job at reinventing themselves after leaving a boyband, Justin is a prime example.
A year heading into the release of Future Sex/Love Sounds, Justin featured on Snoop Dogg's 'Signs' single. The song was a massive success on a circuit that Justin was not used to playing to, and I'd imagine that leant a hand to giving him the confidence to produce a new album that was all about being sexy, or lovely, depending on what way you look at it - as the title of the album ironically points out.
On to the album itself, released on September 12th 2006, the cover of the album is very simple. A white background, a grey floor, and then Justin dressed in a black suit is stamping down on a disco ball. Indicating a new direction for dance/club music? I'm not really sure, because not every track on the album could you relate to a club atmosphere. The back cover is just as simple, with the track listing written in the same text as the album title. Simple could easily also be classed as modern.
Inside the album, for those that do more than just admire it on the shelf in Tesco, is a little booklet that features the credits for every song as long with a collection of pictures for those Justin lovers. Some are how you would expect them to be (Justin smashing up a disco ball with a hammer), some are almost Bond like (Justin standing in the ocean in a white suit) and some are just embarrassing (Justin jumping up and down.)
The disc itself is a big disco ball, a very shiny silver CD with the text 'JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS' written on it. And with all that out of the way I can now move on to the most important part, the music!
FUTURESEX/LOVESOUND - "She's hopped up for me, I've got her in my zone."
Track One - 4mins 1sec
As far as intro songs for an album go, a similarily titled one to the album is no surprise. With an intresting beat, the song is consistantly good and warms you into the rest of the album. But when the chorus kicks in you get more than the consistant beat and well... the chorus is very much the climax of this song and with that in mind the first song is an excellent indication at why this second album of Justin's is all about being sexy. THREE STARS.
SEXYBACK - "You see these shackles, Baby I'm your slave."
Track Two - 4mins 2 secs
The first single off the album caught everyone by surprise because of exactly what it was. Many put Justin's new infulence down to Timbaland, who features on this single and heavily on the rest of the album. The song is all about bringing 'sexy' back to music and in turn bringing back a sexy lifestyle, telling being to get their sexy on. Some of the things in this song you wouldn't expect to hear coming out of Justin's mouth, although it's no surprise to understand why this single topped the charts in at least 6 different countries, including the USA and the UK. FIVE STARS.
SEXY LADIES (Let me talk to you prelude) - "I know a little betty from downtown, That'll do anything that I please."
Track Three - 5mins 33secs
As the song starts the beat wouldn't seem out of place in the '80s, although then Justin's distinctive voice cuts in and you remember what you're listening to. The song is very much Justin letting out his cocky side, although this song is basically saying - is it really cocky if it's true? A song that you wouldn't expect to see released as a single, and I'm not exactly sure why "Let me talk to you prelude" follows the name of the track.. maybe because he thinks this song works as a good thing to listen to before wow'ing the ladies? Don't take my word on that. ONE STAR.
MY LOVE - "Now if I wrote you a love note, And made you smile with every word I wrote."
Track Four - 4mins 36secs
The song starts off quite strangely, although you will immediately recognise the beat as it was Justin's second single off the album, and another runaway success reaching #1 in the American charts and #2 in the UK. In the beginning part of the show you will also notice Timbaland's vocals, because you're right - he's on this single as well. As the beginning part comes to an end, the song really gets started. Everything is well put together on this track, it's hard to fault, even T.I.'s cameo comes off really well. There were originally rumours of this song being written to Cameron Diaz, although with their romance off the cards now I guess it was just all rumours like there are with EVERY song Justin produces. FOUR STARS.
LOVESTONED (I think she knows interlude) - "Those flashing lights come from everywhere, The way they hit her I just stop and stare."
Track Five - 7mins 24secs
Carrying on with the upbeat note that My Love left the album on, this song starts at full speed. The dragged out notes and spendy words coming out are all leading up to the big chorus, and whilst it's probably not the most exciting chorus of all the songs it comes off really well. You genuinely get the feeling that Justin is singing about a girl that's really caught his attention, and the song almost allows you to FEEL what he's feeling. That's got to be really unusual in music. 'Stoned' being a drug reference, and indicating that a girl has got him 'lovestoned' just helps with making us feel this way, because of what a full on and heavy type of reference it is. Ah! I've cracked the bit in the brackets this time. It's because in the song Justin is singing, "I think she knows," and also the song drags out to part that could count as an interlude before the next song. Sadly I'm not digging interludes, although it's good as far as they go. FOUR STARS.
WHAT GOES AROUND... (Comes around interlude) - "Funny thing about that is, I was ready to give you my name."
Track Six - 7mins 29secs
Wow, Justin really is doing well in the US because this became his third single in a row to go to the top spot. One of the many long songs on the album, as people who have seen the video will know. The interlude at the end of the previous song actually did work well at calming down the pace of the album in time for this, which is the slowest song on the album so far, and the chorus hardly speeds up, which is uncommon on this album. That's not a bad point though. The song is all about a broken down relationship. A similar interlude as the song before, although as this song has been released as a single and includes the interlude you hardly notice it. FOUR STARS.
CHOP ME UP - "Little lady, you got me just (screwed up)."
Track Seven - 5mins 4secs
Featuring Oscar winners, Three 6 Mafia, I heard this was actually meant to be the third single - so I don't know what happened there. Justin released 5 singles off his first album though, so don't be surprised if you see him milk life out of what is left on this album. This song seems to be trying to pick up the mood of the album, although it's still not as up tempo as the earlier songs. Justin hardly features on this song except for the chorus, and if Three 6 Mafia aren't singing then Timbaland is. It's a song about wow'ing the ladies and hoping they don't turn you down. TWO STARS.
DAMN GIRL - "If I'm a Casanova, Then you're a supernova."
Track Eight - 5mins 12secs
You probably all remember Justin featuring on the Black Eyed Peas, 'Where Is The Love', well Justin's friend from the BEP's - Will.I.Am - features on this track. The song reminds me of 'Senorita' off the 'Justified' album and doesn't seem to have moved with the times like the rest of the songs on the album. A lot of repetition all about how attractive this girl is, and really that's about it. Will.I.Am doesn't offer anything useful to the track. Perhaps this song could work as something you're listening to in your car with the windows down, sunglasses on, in the heat of the summer. The more the song goes on the more it wins me over, but it's still too long. ONE STAR.
SUMMER LOVE (Set the mood prelude) - "I can't wait to fall in love with you, You can't wait to fall in love with me."
Track Nine - 6mins 25secs
Speaking of songs for the summer, this song is all about summer love. Perhaps if Damn Girl followed this, you would understand the purpose of it more, because the end of this album is definitly beginning to look like something you're supposed to listen to in the hot weather. Talking about driving a girl, then meeting a girl and falling in love, perhaps this song is almost the modern take on Grease's 'Summer Lovin' and a modern version of a song with a reputation like that certainly can't be a bad thing. I've heard no rumours of this song even being released as a single, and this is one of the only times I've heard it but it's one of my favourite songs on the album. Don't be caught out though, the song doesn't change at the end and it is a prelude at the end to the next song singing about setting the mood. The way the song is put together makes it feel like the summer daytime is over, and now it's a hot summer evening. Love making music. FIVE STARS.
UNTIL THE END OF TIME - "This ones for lovers, if you out there let me hear you."
Track Ten - 5mins 23secs
And the prelude at the end of the song before this does carry on well into this song. I've got to say Justin's tried something really interesting and different by actually having preludes and interludes on this album, and it's only through reviewing this CD that I've realised the purpose of them, began to understand them, and seen what a genius album this is becoming. I'm starting to think the other rave reviews are right, but for my final judgment you'll have to carry on reading. Anyway, enough of my interlude and lets talk about the song at subject. It's a night time song about the simple subject of loving somebody until the end of time. Don't you love it when an album progresses from day to night as it goes on? Justin on his own here, and it's not a very memorable love song although it's still good enough not to shun. TWO STARS.
LOSING MY WAY - "Can anybody out there hear me? 'cause I can't seem to hear myself."
Track Eleven - 5mins 22secs
This song sees Justin take on the role of a drug addict, and in a slow paced song sings about a battle with drugs. I'm not sure who Justin's singing about losing their way, because I've never heard about himself or anyone he's associated with (except Britney) having a problem with drugs. Perhaps it's just a song he felt like singing to inspire those who are having problems with them. From the R&B direction the rest of the album was taken from, this isn't in that direction, but it's definitly not a pop song you'd expect from any of Justin's old material. To me this is probably Justin's first attempt at singing on a sensitive subject, and he did it really well. The closing of the song sees gospel vocals, showing Justin's religious infulence on the album. FOUR STARS.
(ANOTHER SONG) ALL OVER AGAIN - "Don't you leave me standing here once again, Cause I'll give you my life."
Track Twelve - 5mins 49secs
You can tell the album is really beginning to wind down at this point, as there's another slow song. Very much a song you could expect to see Justin sitting at a piano singing, although I think he'd have to be sitting next to someone because to my knowledge he can't play piano. Hey, I could be wrong, let me know if you know different. The song slowly picks up pace and volume throughout it, although not so far that it becomes a dance single. It's constantly a slow dancing song, and showing further the 'love' side of the album opposed to the 'sex'. THREE STARS.
POSE - "Baby stop and picture, me with you girl."
Track Thirteen - 4mins 47secs
Things get spend up again here with the bonus track on the album, featuring Snoop Dogg. Remember how I said Justin featured on Snoop's song a year prior to the release of the album? Well I guess this was a matter of returning the favour. This song also comes as a mixture of what you would hear on 'Justified', literally - as it includes a stipit of the beat that was used on Justin's first ever solo single, 'Like I Love You'. If JT chooses to release this song with Snoop however he better be careful when recording the video, because when Britney Spears went to record a video featuring Snoop she was badly injured and couldn't feature the job. It's unfair to compare Justin and Britney though, considering this album is so much better than anything Britney has ever done. The Snoop vocals are very typical - I could swear he sounds the same on every single song, and that's why I'm going off him. I'm not sure what this song is supposed to be about except a relationship with a girl and Justin wanting her to pose for his pictures.. I hope he means holiday snaps. The album wouldn't have gone amiss without this. ONE STAR.
I hope you've enjoyed reading this review as much as I have writing it, because I've been able to sit here on my Wednesday afternoon and listen to a whole album of quality music. I can't believe how fast the time past. The album has everything, and whilst a 71 minute total may not seem very long when you can make CD's yourself with up to 80 minutes, you've got to consider that's 71 minutes of quality music spread over just 13 songs showing that each and every song is quite bulky.
Future Sex/Love Sounds is actually my mums album, although I wouldn't be ashamed to own it because besides from the fact that I don't buy CD's, it's really good and I'm sure all the mums should love it. It's really not music for children, and surprisingly carries a parental advisory sticker although it is great for teenage girls and teenage guys like myself who are willing to admit that Justin has actually got really good.
What's next for Justin? Well he's featured on Timbaland's new album heavily so I hear, as a thank you for what he did for him. In fact I've heard Timbaland's new single featuring Justin, where Justin says, "If sexy never left then why's everybody on my sh*t. Don't hate on me just because you didn't come up with it" Lovely to see that he's keeping his head on straight [end sarcasm]. R&B beef is a new thing creeping up now, where not only rappers are taking digs at each other in songs. If Justin's next album is full of comments like that I'm sure it won't be as successful, but I'm not sure if that lyric is supposed to be big upping himself or someones said something I haven't heard and Justin's having ago at them because of. Whatever the case Mr. Timberlake is one of the biggest celebrities going right now, not just for his music, but I'd like to think mainly for his music. It is really good afterall.
Four years after Justin Timberlake's huge selling debut album ''Justified'' The former N-Sync lead singer is back with a fresh new album and a smart new look. Futuresex/Lovesounds contains collaborations with the likes of Timbaland and T.I.
2. Sexyback - Timbaland
3. Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk to You (Prelude)
4. My Love - T.I.
5. Love Stoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)
6. ...What Goes Around...Comes Around (Interlude)
7. Chop Me Up - Three 6 Mafia, Timbaland
8. Damn Girl
9. Summer Love/Set the Mood (Prelude)
10. Until the End of Time
11. Losing My Way
12. (Another Song) All Over Again
13. Pose (Bonus Track)
This album kicks off with the title track, a funky bass led joint, a jumpy drum beat is joined by keyboard loops and Timberlake's falsetto leads the catchy feel.
Sexyback is the first single and one of the most original singles of 2006. electronic loops blend with a relentess drum tap to make one of the catchiest songs of the year.
Sexy Ladies/let me talk to you is probably the weakest track on the album. It has an 80's dance feel that just doesnt have the style of the other songs on the album.
My Love is the second single from the album and it is a fantastic song with something different, It's a has a full on dance feel with a stomping beat and catchy loops but Timberlake's fantastic falsetto is like a ballad. A very original idea that works so well.
Love Stoned/I Think she knows is a track that has a great catchy feel and a superb change towards the end when the beat changes from a dance beat to a rockier sound.
What goes around is a fantastic track and it is the third single from the album and the video features Scarlett Johannsen as Timberlakes love interest. A great message in this song about Karma coming back round.
Chop me up is a departure from normal Timberlake and is a Rap song with Three 6 Mafia and Timbaland. This works suprisingly well and has a great keyboard hook.
Damn Girl is a catchy track with Timberlake in the mode of Prince. He really pulls off the falsetto here. A catchy track with a great chorus.
Summer Love/Set the mood is a funky track about meeting someone new in the summer and having a summer romance.
Until the end of time is a delightul ballad with drums like Prince's Beautiful ones from Purple Rain. The track is boosted by some great backing vocal sequences and keyboard loops.
Losing My Way is about ''Bob'' who is a Cocaine addict and Timberlake is talking about the Bob's life as though he was him. A great track with a superbly catchy chorus and at the end there is a fantastic gospel choir that comes in.
(Another song) all over again is a fantastic song and it is the track on this album that is most like his last album. An R&B style song with the feel of a jam session. Fantastic Piano accompanies the drums and Timberlakes voice sounds fabulous, Very Emotive and a great falsetto.
Pose (Bonus Track) this is the last track on the album and probably one of the weakest he has done in his solo career. It's an okay track about his relationship with Cameron Diaz when they are photographed all the time. It is a duet with Snoop Dogg.
For me the best tracks on the album have to be My Love, (Another song) all over again, Losing my way, Until the end of time and What goes around.
These are some of the best he has done in his solo career, there are some great songs on his debut album too but there's more range here.
Below par songs
There are only two songs that I consider average here, they are Pose because it has Snoop Dogg and sexy ladies/let me talk to you.
This is a very fine album indeed and those two songs I have in my below par songs are not awful and don't bring the album down much. A very very good album indeed. He has improved on his songwriting and his voice has none of that whine that crept in sometimes in N-Sync.
An amazing album!!!!!! As I expected this album is full of slow grooves and a few club bangers. The production is awesome. Timbaland really outdid himself on the beats. The two singles out now "Sexy Love" and "My Love" are the songs you'll be constantly dancing to in the clubs, but it's the emotional feel good songs like "what goes around, comes around" and "all over again" that let you know JT has matured as an artist and vocalist. Even the interludes and preludes make you wish they were full songs. Congratulations Justin you did a superb job and your album will definitely have mass crossover success. I consider it a pop/r&b album. Beyonce may have to bow down. 41/2 out of 5 stars
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Sexyback - Timbaland
3 Sexy Ladies/Let Me Talk to You (Prelude)
4 My Love - T.I.
5 Love Stoned/I Think She Knows (Interlude)
6 ...What Goes Around...Comes Around (Interlude)
7 Chop Me Up - Three 6 Mafia, Timbaland
8 Damn Girl
9 Summer Love/Set the Mood (Prelude)
10 Until the End of Time
11 Losing My Way
12 (Another Song) All Over Again
13 Pose (Bonus Track)