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Ex *N Sync singer Justin Timberlake released his debut album Justified in 2002, thereby shaking off his old squeaky-clean boyband image for good. His album is full of adult RnB, and I bought it on the strength of his singles.
These singles are, certainly, incredibly good. Opening track Senorita is a laid back, fun R 'n' B track. This song has a lot of good memories for me - when I first started uni, they played this song at the meeting in Fresher's Week which all new students in my faculty were required to attend, getting all the boys and girls to sing along with the relevant bits!
Like I Love You is probably my favourite song on the album. It has a fast beat and is incredibly catchy. I defy anyone not to start singing "I just wanna love you baby" in an incredibly high pitched voice! It sounds a little like Michael Jackson might sound if he was just starting out now.
Cry Me A River was Justin's first single from the album, famous for supposedly being about his former flame Britney Spears. The woman in the video had long blonde hair just like her. It's atmospheric, angry and catchy.
Rock Your Body is more lighthearted, and has a more Senorita-like sound while not being quite as laid back. This also has a Michael Jackson-esque sound and a mid tempo.
Unfortunately, the rest of the album is far less memorable and catchy. Apart from a couple of tracks, the reasonable (Oh No) What You Got and slightly catchy Right For Me, most of the songs are quite dull and forgettable. After listening to this album a few times, I began to listen only to the four singles.
2. Like I Love You
3. (Oh No) What You Got
4. Take It From Here
5. Cry Me A River
6. Rock Your Body
7. Nothin' Else
8. Last Night
9. Still On My Brain
10. (And She Said) Take Me Now
11. Right For Me
12. Let's Take A Ride
13. Never Again
14. Worthy Of [Bonus Track]
If I was giving the four singles a mark out of five, I would give them five because they are fantastic songs, incredibly catchy and different. Unfortunately, I can only give the album as a whole three stars as there is so much filler. Still, the album is so cheap now that it's probably worth buying for Senorita, Like I Love You, Cry Me A River and Rock Your Body alone. Justin certainly deserves credit for shaking off his boyband image as he is convincingly different on this album!
Some time ago the music of Justin Timberlake was not really my thing. Now I play a lot of drums, especially in the R & B and soul music, I came across some old songs from him. A few of these came from the album 'Justified' which made me curious how the rest of the album was.
The album came out on November 5, 2002. The single 'Like I Love You "on this CD was a great success. To promote the album Justin with doing a Christina Aguilera Justified / Stripped Tour. In 2003 also "Cry Me A River ',' Rock Your Body" and "Señorita" became big hits. Producers who worked on the album include The Neptunes, Timbaland, The Underdogs, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo and Brian McKnight. The album won it in 2004 a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album and the song 'Cry Me A River "won the" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Worldwide, the album sold 7 million copies.
A fun fact is that 'I'm loving it, "a track that did not make the album' Justified. Fast food chain McDonalds was interested in the song and it was widely used in their advertising campaigns. Following this success, Justin still released the single, including a video clip.
This track is produced by The Neptunes and written by Timberlake, The Neptunes, Pharell Williams and Chad Hugo. This groovy song with a Latin flavor starts with a rhythm that is indicated by a cowbell, triangle and kabassa. Justin is introduced here by a friend of his, under a melody line of an electric piano. A little later the heavy bass line comes up with that simultaneously with the melody line of the piano, followed by the onset of a tight drum beat. The chorus is filled with a blowsection and a second voice.
Like I Love You
If I were to choose the favorite track of this albu, it would have been this song. Of course due the groovy drumbeat. The track was produced by The Neptunes and written by Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, Terrence and Gene Thornton Thornton. Hiphop-rap duo Clipse also participated in this track. The song begins with a repeat of a gitar and Timberlake who provides the introduction.Right then you get the loose groovy drum beat, together with a heavy bass beat. The guitar riffs are interspersed with a keyboard melody lines and breaks indicate that each time the chorus begins and ends. The song ends with just a beat, a simple melody played by a keyboard.
Cry Me A River
This famous song would have been about the end of the relationship between Timberlake and Britney Spears. The track was produced by Timbaland and Scott Storch and written by Timberlake. It begins with rain sounds, a lick, played by an organ and singing in a dark church. Then the melody line added a Juno synth and occasional strings to the overall fuller sound. During the simple, quiet drum runs inconspicuously in the whole song with a beatbox. During the choruses you'll hear in the background ironing parties, played by a cello and violins.
The genre where you can put this CD is pop, but I think the songs have a very R & B and soul content. Some songs, like "Señorita" and "Nothin 'Else", have again some Latin influences, while tracks like' Wot You Got 'and' Take Me Now " have a very hip-hop character. By contrast, I think "Like I Love You 'and' Rock Your Body" have a very funky sound. The songs on this CD are therefore quite for a "broad" audience. Now I must admit that the songs I already knew are the best of this CD. The rest I think unfortunately some less, but overall this is a good album.
Ladies and Gentlemen
It's my pleasure to introduce to you
He needs no introduction, even though the first song says the very words above. I suppose it sets the scene a little for what is to come, a fusion of pop, dance, R&B and pop blended with the 'sexy laugh' and apparant good looks (i say apparant, because i myself are not attracted to the male gender, but i have heard women comment on him)
The world conquering Justin Timberlake has to his name six grammy awards and an emmy award. If 7 million copies of this, his debut album doesnt spell it out, then what can?
Im going to be honest, this album is fantastic. It really is. If i can force myself to think anything bad about him then so be it. I doubt it though.
His songs are infectious, as soon as you listen to him , you can tell he has a talent which is hard to find. He really shows himself off in a modest way. Its easy to see with just a glance at each song that you will recognise some of the chart topping hits.
The first single he released from the album was well chosen, the second song on the album; 'Like I Love You'. It sounds cheesy, right? Well it may be, but after a while you get through the cheese to see that this song oozes mountains of style and talent. The lyrics open the song, where it is apparant that he is talking to a girl he finds attractive.
'You keep lookin at me, You gettin scared now, right? Don't fear me baby, it's just destiny, It feel good right?'
Then the song kicks in after this acousticly spanish intro then drums come in, added to the mixture. The song is simple in technique but has lots of creativity, just drums, acoustic guitar and vocals can be heard with the odd splashing of backing vocals and synth.
This song is really excellent, probably my favourite on the album.
The next single he released was the moody 'Cry Me A River'. A supposed song about the split with the famous Britney Spears, this song was not only a catchy song with great music, but also an insight into their relationship and the break. Its like reading an interview with the man himself. It is very reflective, with a very sad feel and vibe to it. Dont listen if you are on the verge of a break up, seriously it will make you cry. Emotional songs are good, if you can relate to them, which many people will be able to do with this song.
The next single 'Rock Your Body' was a completely different take on how to go about topping the charts. I dont think you could get more different than the previous release. This shows he is flexible and multi-talented and that he isnt confined to one genre. The song reminds me of a disco (partly because of the video where he is dancing around in a small room full of lights) and it has a great funky vibe to it. The song makes you want to dance, especially the chorus. The chorus is very catchy and the bit where he sings a little quieter is excellent. Another contender for song of the album.
'Señorita', the fourth and final release from the album took another take on the artist, where he has a very spanish influenced sound, with a spanish acoustic guitar and a simple melody. My favourite part of the song is where he talks to the listener and audience, telling them to 'listen' and that he wants to try something with them. Audience participation can be heard, as though it is a live performance (but it isnt, it is just different layers of his voice) After this part he says the famous words-
Ladies, good morning!'
Followed by the perfect blend of an evil and sexy laugh.
The other songs on the album are not as good as the singles (which is why he released the best ones) but they still show potential. I would listen for yourself to see what i mean. This album is a must for any person who remembers his early stuff, he has released many good songs since this album. I would buy this if you want something a bti different from your usual genre. I usually listen to rock and indie but this album provides me with a breath of fresh air when other genres become overwhelming.
Justin Timberlakes first solo album away from his band Nsync. Now i was definetly not a fan of NSYNC as im not into boy band/cheesy music. As i recieved this as a gift i thought i might aswell listen to it.
All i can say is WOW. This has become one of my favourite albums!
You hear justin as a RnB artist on this album. He brought in fantastic producers such as Pharell Williams and Timberland.
Best track is Cry me a river. Which is like a hip-hop ballad. Rumours say this song is about britney cheating on him, but he has never confirmed it.
You do hear justin showing off his beatbox talents on tracks such as rock your body. You can really tell that timberland had a huge impact on this album.
As this album is pretty old now im sure you can grab it for a few quid. Which will be well spent :)
Overall i think Justins album is great and would recommend it to all.
This was the debut album from Justin Timberlake after his career went solo and for me it is still one of his best albums, the real strength of this album is in the faster dance tracks, he is less accomplished when it comes to the slower style songs and ballads but on the whole this is a well produced and well delivered album.
There are some super songs on this album and the first track called Sinorita is a great example, there is a sort of salsa Latin feel to this song and his vocals on the song are very powerful. Similarly the hit song Like I Love You with support from Pharrell Williams and a rap bit from The Clipse there is a nice flow to this song and it has a more upbeat dance orientation to it.
Cry me a River is one of my favourite tracks from the album not least because it had a visually appealing video to it and it is a superb track. Followed by Rock your Body this is one of my favourite dance tracks on the album and a great song to move to.
There aresome weak tracks on the album, in particular Never Again which is a pretty ordinary ballad that has nothing to offer, coming at the end of the album it just smacks of being a "filler" track.
I still do go back to listening to this album every so often as in recent times I have found his music to be les enjoyable and this was a strong debut album in his post Britney, post N Sync days.
"Justified" came out in 2002, and was the debut solo album from former *NSync member, Justin Timberlake. This album was the making of a star in the R&B world as he ditched his Pop past in order to pursuit a solo career which allows him to highlight his individual strengths and interests beyond the fabricated past with the members of the boyband.
To start the album, you have him drop us into one of the big singles from the album as he works alongside The Neptunes on a Latin-inspired song which has him do a slow, and seductive one for the girls to just warm things up, and set you up for later material on this. It is a big one, and it really stands out with how it showcases the potential in his vocals form the get-go.
2. "Like I Love You"
This was his debut solo single, and it showed exactly how much potential he had as he moved on from his boyband past and was accompanied by both The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) for the production, as well as The Clipse who rap on this. This combination of things pushes him right into the Hip Hop-inspired R&B world, which has been the direction of the genre since around this time.
3. "What You Got"
You find him going right into the sounds of Timbo on this one and Timbaland's production techniques of implementing some funky percussion, and Asian-style woodwind is carried through onto this song, and it allows the artist to get into a lively club song to get you even more in the mood to just get down with him as he seems to build up in confidence and just break out. Here it is all based in a club as he approaches a girl after seeing her watching him throughout the night.
4. "Take It From Here"
On this one you see a clear change in him as he appears to have moved on from his past, and is able to perform a song where he seemingly takes influences from the slow jam years of the late eighties and early nineties, and brings in acoustics to hint on his past, but make sure that it is clearly based in this new persona which he has created through this music.
5. "Cry Me A River"
Although this one became annoying due to its excessive airplay around the time, it is a big one, and it deserved most f the attention it received (it was slightly overrated), and it marks the start of a great relationship between JT and Timbaland as they come together to do a slow-paced song which has him deal with the split with Britney Spears.
6. "Rock Your Body"
This dropped as the third single to the album, and it had him show a different side of him, a as he chose to distance himself from the material of "Cry Me A River", and onto more up-beat work as he goes on top of what appears to be some Disco-based foundations, from which he constructs a modern groove from. It is a big one by him, and gets him letting loose to show a energetic side of him.
7. "Nothin' Else"
This one brings out even more with him, and his work with The Neptunes as it tests their limitations in the diversity which they are able to present through their music and in this case it seems as though they were able to nail another genre and fuse it with their foundations in R&B and Hip Hop as Jazz is brought in, and JT effectively uses this icy sound to boost his vocals.
8. "Last Night"
The production in this one is absolutely typical of The Neptunes with its spacey, futuristic synth, which drives the tune and motivates the artist as he works off the liveliness of this, the gentles bell, and the hard kickdrums to just blaze through with lots of energy and speak of his enjoyment of the night which he spent with a girl; a scene he wishes to recreate sometime in the future with her.
9. "Still On The Brain"
Here you have him doing a song which seems to take the earlier slow jam-styled song a stage further in what it does as you find him on some retro-sounding synthesizers, and it brings you much more into that homey-feeling material of the past to a greater degree than before, but I felt that it was a little harder to accept the vocals from him as you could with the one before, as the soothing beats contrast from the sharp, high-pitch of his voice.
10. "Take Me Now"
The Funk which greats you at the start of this one just knocks you back and forces you to take notice of the thing as it indicates the direction that he will take for this one, and he didn't disappoint with the results of it as you find him doing a killer collaboration with Janet Jackson on heavy production from the duo of Scott Storch and Timbaland. It really stands out, and it surprised me as it wasn't used as a single despite its high quality.
11. "Right For Me"
Here you have Timbaland take over the thing, and with this, just as The Neptunes did by bringing on their rapping signees, Timbo chooses Bubba Sparxxx to offer a short flow to accompany Justin as he goes on this one, and as Timbaland did so well with the way he brought back even more of the things from earlier, but this time with more of it based around vocal percussion, as well as the more 'real' stuff.
12. "Let's Take A Ride"
The opening melodies on this one are enough to excite you to a stage where you simply do no care what he does with the rest of the thing, and it just happens that he kills off the rest of the thing as he is given some funky backing to lead him into the song and just float about with his girl in a dreamlike state (which The Neptunes are great at creating).
13. "Never Again"
To end he album off, he seems to do it in the worst way possible, as I see it as he returns to his old boyband days, in even the earliest years of *NSync as he does a little ballad, and t really put me off, because it simply isn't my thing as he has it all written by Brian McKnight, and has this overcome him, and force him into a song which contrasts so greatly from the urban sound in the rest of it.
This is a great album from Justin, and a great ay to kick off his career as a solo artist as it shows how versatile he is as an artists, and his capabilities beyond just the typical R&B of the time as he work with some of the most ahead-of-the-time producers which the game has to offer (Timbaland and The Neptunes), and they give him what he needs to fill this release out with bangers. Despite losing it a little with the slower ones, the better ones clearly dominate.
I as a rule just don't like Justin Timberlake, i dont like him as a person, his style of music, his attitude, the band he came from, the way he lives his life and his constant collabrations.
I have to although admit this is a decent debut record by any standard. I have every reason to hate Justin Timberlake for reasons stated above, but i can see the sheer greatness of this record.
I think Senorita is the perfect opener to a album - really funky and live sounding. Almost as if they where winging it without lyrics and Justin's just yelling what comes in his head. Like I Love You was annoying and different. I thought Cry Me A River obviously is one of the best songs of the last few years UK or US. It's got a great chorus and of course that video. Rock Your Body is probably one of my fave's on the album i'd want to atcually steal the song and ask Girls Aloud to work their magic on to it and make it brillant. Good song, just a shame i dont like the artist.
Justin Timberlake but songs like Last Night, Never Again and Right For Me show his limited range. This is a decent debut but from what i can see there are 6 stellar songs on this album and the rest i could quite frankly do without. It's a good debut but there is so many similiar filler type tracks on it that show off his limited range/singing ability and i hate most of the lyrics for being so care free and what i feel a young child could write. It's a better album than his second and i do think the album name is inspired, so i'd be half in half on this one. There's good and bad and right now there's more bad than good to this record - 6 stellar songs, 7 OK songs and a hateable personality and a average voice/talent.
This CD came out in 2002 and is Justin's first solo CD as he was previously a member of the well known boy band N*Sync.
The solo stuff was very well received and he proved to be very successful as a solo artist. The first single to come from this album was a song called "Like I Love You" and is an up-tempo track that featured guitar and drums as its main instruments and had Justin's layered vocals to add depth to the track. This song was produced by the Neptunes and has that famous sound to it.
After that, the song "Cry Me A River" came out which featured the production of Timbaland, who now lends his sound to most of Justin's recent work. This song was also very well received and made it in the top 10 of most countries.
There are many dance and up tempo tracks on this album and there are also some ballads and slower, more mellow tracks on there as well.
I find this album very good and entertaining and has a varied enough selection of songs to keep me going back and listening to it again and again. I'd recommend this to any N*Sync, Timbaland and even Neptunes fans as their production on this album are awesome.
He grew up in in A small town called Millington which is just north of Memphis, Tennessee. the son of Lynn Harless (née Bomar) and Randall Timberlake.
Justin Timberlake's journey to superstardom started in 1993 in the Micky mouse club with future band mate Joshua "JC" Chasez and of course ex girlfriend Britney Spears. Christina Aguilera was also in the Micky mouse club. Then in 1995 he started a group with JC and the rest as they say is history.
After starting a group with friend JC Chasez they were soon joined by Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. In 1998 they released their self titled debut album which sold very well without making them huge stars.
In 2000 they released No strings attatched which was a huge success and made them superstars. JC was the main songwriter of the group but Justin would soon start to become the songwriter in the group.
On their third album Celebrity which followed a year later Justin Timberlake had a far greater role. This is their most critically acclaimed of the three albums and showed a more mature side to the boys. There are collaborations from Stevie Wonder and Brian McKnight.
This album was released In November 2002 and was Justin's debut solo album which was soon followed by JC Chasez' solo album. This album was produced with the main help of The Neptunes, Brian McKnight and Timbaland who he would later work on a number of projects with.
1. Señorita 4:56
This is a funky latin tinged track with an introduction to Justin, this has a firm beat and some funky keyboard tones. This is a feel good track about meeting someone and being infatuated by them despite them having a partner already. A great feel good track that is a great club track as it gets the people up.
2. Like I Love You (Album Version) 4:43
This was the first single and was a huge hit and it isnt hard to see why. The production from The Neptunes is all over this catchy track which has an infectious guitar that moves along with a drum beat. This is another great one to dance to and has such an infectious melody.
3. (Oh No) What You Got 4:31
A funky hip hop track which has some funky beats and loops and although a good track it doesnt really develop into what the other tracks do, It's a bit flat in energy.
4. Take It From Here 6:14
This is a feel good track which starts with some nice strings and a firm beat. Justin's voice sounds fantastic as he sings the song in a fantastic laid back falsetto. the longest song on the album and the time is just right in my opinion. It doesnt go on.
5. Cry Me A River 4:48
I absolutely love this track and have done since It was released. This is just wonderfully done. The lyrics pull you in and the beat makes you really listen. Timbaland's magic is all over this song. This is a song about his relationship with Britney ending. Just brilliant.
6. Rock Your Body (Album Version) 4:27
If you think this has a hint of Michael Jackson in it then you may be interested to know that it was a track that was earmarked for Michael Jackson but it ended up being recorded by Justin for his debut album. This is a disco-infused dance number which works really well and is a very catchy track indeed.
7. Nothin' Else 4:58
This is a very Michael Jackson esque track aswell. It's music is like some of Michael's most funky. This is probably the weakest track as it doesnt have the spark that much of the album contains. Not a bad track though.
8. Last Night 4:47
This has a great beat and some funky keyboard sounds. Justin's voice flows well and he shows off his falsetto talents to good effect. This track will get people up swaying with it's catchy melody and overall feel.
9. Still On My Brain 4:35
I love this Piano led ballad. it starts very softly and then has a firm slow beat. This shows off the tenderness in his voice very well. This really works well considering most of the other tracks are not ballads like this.
10. (And She Said) Take Me Now 5:31
This is a funky hip hop style track that has a relentless melody which really gets into your head as it is so catchy. A very good song that lacks just something to make it into a great song. Still great to dance to though.
11. Right For Me 4:29
This is a very funky track that has hints of both Michael Jackson and a little bit of Prince too. This has a great vibe which makes it a great dance floor track. Some great backing beats. very good track.
12. Let's Take A Ride 4:44
This is probably the weakest track on the album, it has a firm drum beat and some nice guitar and keyboard sounds but Justin's voice doesnt shine as much as it does with the best tracks on the album as this doesnt show off his voice,
13. Never Again
A great album and no better way to end it than have such a great ballad as Never Again. If you are thinking this sounds a little like Brian McKnight then you wouldnt be suprised to know that he plays keyboards on it and produced it. Justin's voice sounds amazing. A great emotive ballad.
So there we have it, there are a few weaker tracks which do affect my overall rating of this album as compared to his second this album is just a couple of tracks away from being as good. A very fine debut album which showcases a lot of what Justin Timberlake has to offer and what he needs to avoid in his future albums for a flawless album.
From Mickey Mouse to boyband turned pop superstar, at the age of 27 Justin Timberlake has done it all. From recording, 5 million person concerts, all the way up to film cameos Justin has lived the high life. Justified being his first solo album, skyrocketed JT into the history books, allotting him the title Pop Prince; and he fully deserves it!
This album is a perfect blend of R'n'B, rock, rap and pop - making a cocktail that is enjoyable for every listener at any party.
Justin starts of his album with Senorita, setting the mood for his long awaited debut - and boy was it worth it. Senorita shows of some Spanish funky beats and his laybacked joyful singing provides a perfect opening for his album.
Once providing a perfect opening, Justin continues to bring on the beats, with tuneful songs, melodified lyrics and catchy and memorable refrains.
Some noticeable uncharted tracks on the CD that have to be listened to are Last Night and
Other well known songs featured on the album include "Like I Love", "Cry Me A River" and "Rock Your Body".
Track 1 - Senorita
A perfect start with melodic and Spanish influence and feeling and a brilliant audience participation ending.
Track 2 - Like I Love You
An extremely well known dance track that has any listener singing along and attempting to dance furiously. A must have with catchy beats and biographical meaning.
Track 3 - What you Got?
Extremley well perfected sopranic voice and well rehersed slow dance track.
Track 4 - Take it from here
A sweet and coushy song from a serenading JT, wooing a young lady who has been abused by her ex, and telling her a everything is going to be alright. This song may have powerful lyrics but the song makes is so feel good you can't help but tap your feet.
Track 5 - Cry me a river
One of the most contriversial tracks of its release date, a possible shout out to Britney Spears; but whatever Justin's meaning behind this. We can't help but fall in love with its sexy dancing beats and the feature of Timbaland.
Track 6 - Rock Your body
This track really does do exactly what it says in the title. Everytime this song is played the atmosphere in the room changes and everyone starts rocking to the beat. Unfortrunatley very rarely does anyone get naked by the end of the song.
Track 7 - Nothin' else
Whilst the lyrics may be pretty nonsensical, this track does have a soulful and futuristic feeling to it and can't help but be remembered.
Track 8 - Last night
One of the most looked past tracks on the record - this song is Justin remembering what happened when he was broken hearted the night before.
Track 9 - Still On My Brain
This perfectly written ballard from Mr. JT slows things down and gets everyone slow dancing.
Track 10 - Take Me Now
Featuring Janet Jackson, this sexy song lifts the mood straight back up and gets everyone mimicking the chorus "T-T-Take me now"
Track 11 - Right for me
This song is another well loved unknown, with a catchy bassline and much loved lyrics.
Track 12 - Lets Take A Ride
Justin slows things down with a chilled out love song.
Track 13 - Never Again
This track brings JT back to his roots, singing about Britney Spears in an N'Sync-type pop song. But what a perfect way to end a perfect album.
This album is a perfect smash hit and can be played over and over again, and I guarantee there isn't a single track you'll wana miss out!
Its like a Justin Timberlake - Greatest Hits; everyone a stunner.
It took me a little while to buy this album because there's always been a popular urban rule that says: "Male singers are for the girls", especially if it's a pop singer. This rule suits perfectly in my case: Justin sings pop and I'm a man. Anyway, one sunny day I woke up and said "What the heck, I'm gonna buy it even if they call me whatsoever" and I did. As I opened the cd case, I frightened: it contained a strongly girl-directed poster. I quickly ignored it and played the cd. And I was not disapponted. In fact, I felt pretty proud of myself, as I was enjoying such an amazing album while other men didn't just because of the stupid rule. Actually, I like this album so much that it's still a regular on my cd player. Here's my song by song review:
1.-Señorita: This is the fist song in the record, and it pretty much gives you an idea of how the whole album will be like: funky, enjoyable and fun to sing along to. By the way "señorita" means "lady" in Spanish. Score: 4/5.
2.-Like I Love You: This one is way more agressive
than "Señorita", and much more suitable to shake our bones. It starts with a guitar solo, to which quickly join the drums. It also features a rap. Score: 4/5.
3.-(Oh No) What You Got: This one's also very agressive and great for dancing, and singing along, although its lyrics are not precisely poetic: "Oh no, girl, is that your hands feeling on me...". Score: 3.8/5.
4.-Take It From Here: The first slow song in the album, also very good. It's very laid-back and great to relax. Score: 3.5/5.
5.-Cry Me A River: My favorite of the whole album, this one's the first of the songs that talk about Justin's and Britney's break-up. It's a revenge song, as he sings pretty hurtful things directed to Britney: "Girl I refuse/You must have me confused/With some oter guy/Your bridges were burned, now it's your turn/To cry/Cry me a river". It features Justin's beatboxing all over the song. Great track. Score: 5/5.
6.-Rock Your Body: Another up-tempo track great for dancing and singing, play it on a party and let it go. I would say it sounds a lot like "Señorita" on a faster tempo. Score: 4.5/5.
7.-Nothin' Else: This one's very funky and sing-along, play it after a hard math exam. You will totally relax and forget about it. Score: 3.5/5.
8.- Last Night: Another fun, laid-back, sing along song,, featuring relaxing bell chimes, great vocals, and a funny little monologue by Justin at the end. Score: 3.8/4.
9.-Still On My Brain: This is the weakest song in the album, as it makes you sleep in repetitive little piano melodies. Simply boring. Score: 1/5.
10.-(And She Said) Take Me Now: Here's when the agressive, fun, funky, dancey songs kick back in. It's the song I like the most to dance in the album, and it sounds a lot like "(Oh No) What You Got" in some parts. It features an awesome bongo-like solo. Score: 4.6/5.
11.-Right For Me: This one's very agressive too, but it sounds like an "(Oh No) What You Got" cheap copy. Weak. Score: 1.3/5.
12.-Let's Take A Ride: This is the song I like the least, as it has the same melody through all the song. However, it features the most agressicve lyrics of all the album, as they are very sex-oriented. Score: 1/5.
13.-Never Again: This is (like in many cases) that sad ballad that closes the album, but this one makes a difference, as its overall sound is very enjoyable and the lyrics beautiful, again about Britney, this time talking about how much he doesn't like to feel weak and vulnerable. Great ballad. Score:4.7/5.
Overall, this is a great album if you like: a)pop b)hip hop or c)Justin!!!
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's right - I was surprised indeed to find myself not only liking stuff of this album but actually purchasing it. It actually all started when they aired the Q Mix on Q TV (I've actually got an op in the pipeline for the Q Mix). Briefly, for those at the back, The Q Mix is where a few lonely but talented people with little else to do mix a couple of songs together with sometimes good, often bad outcomes. (Although I do like a lot of them, really and I've burned a CD of them - if you want a copy drop me an email). These people send them to Q TV or MTV (for the MTV Mash) and then the channels make videos for the good ones. Anyway, I was instantly drawn to this mix of Michael Jackson's Billie Jean (you know - back when he was human) and Timberlake's Like I Love You. It had the tunes and chorus of Billie Jean with several verses from Like I Love You played in, working remarkably well. Until then I had only really been vaguely aware of JT's existence as a former member of Nsync* (or wherever the star goes - damn Justin's mum for thinking up the band name) and ex. boyfriend of Britney Spears, with a new solo career. Then, a few weeks later, our school had the lot from Connexions (the teenage help service) in for a talk about exams etc., and putting on a show. In a way to reach out to us, they had taken popular songs and changed the lyrics slightly to fit in with the theme of exams - I think that says it all, really. Anyway, they had taken "Rock Your Body" - I think the lyrics were basically around the gist of "Don't be so quick to walk away - from your exams". That part was dire but what caught my attention (other than the rather hot young lady who was performing) was the really great tune from the song - I'd never noticed it before. So, after careful personal consultation, and talking with female friends (the male friends just called me a puff - the wieners - but they were the ones miss
ing out) I decided to go ahead and buy it. Yes, I did feel rather embarrassed to buy it and I nearly got my friend to do it, but she wasn't having any of it (you know women - fierce creatures) so I bought it - with a slight smirk from the girl on the till. General Information ---------------------------------- Anyway, as for Mr JT himself, there's not much to say. As was mentioned before, he was in Nsync* - doesn't look like they'll be getting back together now though - apparently, he's also been slagging them off. Oh well - he's better than them anyway. I can imagine them all sitting around in the evening, looking miserable and resentful, one of them eventually saying "I bet Justin's out with his new friends now". He was also famously seeing Britney Spears, back when he looked ridiculous. He was in his late teens. I look ridiculous too. After that ended, Justin grew older and started seeing Cameron Diaz (I don't know if that's still on - you know what celebrities are like). Justin was also a co-producer for the Black Eyed Peas hit single "Where is the Love?" which is why you've probably seen them all knocking about together a few times. He also teemed up with Nelly in a stupid move recently. Justin also changed his appearance - several times. I think he looked best when he did Like I Love You and Cry Me A River - a short but cool head of hair, a little bit of stubble - and a fresh yet mature face. Then he grew a bit more stubble and got a bit of a crew cut - He might have looked a bit older here but to be honest he looked like a bit of a t***. Same with in the fourth single, Senorita. Since then Justin has stuck with the very short hair but let it grow at times, that?s when I can understand why a disturbingly large majority of girls fancy him. When he has it rea lly short he looks stupid and I can't understand what women see in him but... oh well. <
br>< br> Somewhere in there Justin launched a solo career with the help of several other artists and producers, including The Neptunes and Weasel Man - I mean Pharrell Williams, and Timbaland (that guy is seriously cool - if I made an album he'd be my producer) and many others. What we have here is the result - one of the best new albums to come out in years and a fantastic effort. Track Listing and Information/My Opinion: --------------------------------------------------------- Senorita *[Has a little squiggly line above the 'n', but I can't get that on here - sorry folks] - *** 4:54 The fourth and final single from this album, some say Justin should've just left it with the third single, and I agree with them. I've got to admit, I didn't warm to this song at first, but it's grown on me. As the title suggests, it has a very Latin feel to it. Not a favourite, but certainly likeable, it's sure to have you humming and tapping along - the best bit is blatantly the bit at the end though. Like I Love You - ***** 4:43 Undeniably one of the best songs on the album - if you haven't seen/heard this one, then I seriously don't know where you've been. Those guitars. It was the first video I saw to a Justin song (at least where I took any notice anyway) and also actually the first single from the album - and what can I say - what an introduction! I've yet to meet someone who hasn't been fairly stunned by the fantastic dance routines - and if you're like me, attempted to copy them and failed. Badly. As for the music/vocals themselves - the song does seem to lack soul in a few places but makes up for that in other areas. Justin's vocals are excellent and are put to good use in this little number. It's also quite a varied song - but in a good way (you have to list en to it to know what I mean) *Look out for the 2 Q Mixes of this
song <b r>(Oh No) What You Got - *** 4:31 Hmm. Not quite so keen on this one. For a start - why the brackets in the title? That always throws me on any song. It's not a bad song, you see - just nothing special. In other words - you wouldn't skip it, but you wouldn't run home and put it on alone straight away, like you might with some of the other songs on this album (Don't sit there and deny it! I know you would). If you do think there are a few songs on this album that are purely fillers, this is certainly one of them. Oh well. Take It From Here - *** 6:14 This is definitely not my type of song. Like the last one, you probably wouldn't skip it if you were playing the album, but if you were just listening to a few of the songs this wouldn't be one of them. I actually feel like this could be a Robbie Williams song - you might know where I'm coming from (probably not though) - which means it really isn't one of my favourites. It's slow and romantic. Not my type - but I don't mind it. I am open to different things, to an extent anyway.... Cry Me A River - ***** 4:48 Almost definitely the best song on the album. Possibly one of the best songs around as well. From the first note you know this is going to be special. It's clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into this song, making it a step higher than the other songs on the album. This is a very mature record, from the lyrics to the music to the general production, all of which are superb. This is something Justin must surely be proud of. Unlike the infamous video, which many say was taking things a bit far. It's not a bad video - that's one cool house it's shot in - but it's the blatant Britney look alike he's stalking. And the random brunette woman who comes in and starts eating him (watch it to see what I mean) Rock Your Body - ***** 4:27 I consider this to be an instant class
ic (well - sort of anywa y). This has become one of my favourite tracks, ever. Whilst some people like to listen to feeling-down music when they're feeling down, I like to listen to upbeat stuff - like this! The variation of this album becomes clear with this 70s-style disco song - complete with a video featuring people dancing (particularly well) in a room full of light bulbs. The album version doesn't come with the beat boxing bit. Some say it was a mistake to add this in the single but I think it adds for a good touch. If you don?t like this one - I really don't know what you like. It's great. Yes. *Look out for the Q Mix of this song Nothin' Else - *** 4:58 Back to the fillers for this one. It just lacks that "X factor" - like some people I know in school. It's slow, and - if Justin doesn't mind me saying - a bit weird. This is supposed to be one of the Britney-related songs as well. A bit electronicy. Perhaps someone out there likes it? perhaps. Last Night - *****4:47 Ah hah! Now we're talking. I really like this one. People may have said the album is just the singles and a few fillers but this one proves them wrong. The general feel is upbeat - but the lyrics aren't - making for a nice subtle contradictory song - in my opinion. This is one of those songs that makes you want to hit the dance floor and sing along. That is why I bought the album. Not so I could look at photo's of Justin. Still On My Brain - **** 4:35 Funnily enough, although I don't like this kind of music (slow and soft) I actually quite like this one. Quite. I don't love it. I guess you could say that I can relate to it a few ways - just listen to the lyrics. The production is very clever and Justin makes use of his excellent vocal skills to really throw in some emotion into this one. (And She Said) Take Me Now - ***** 5:3 1 More brackets, and it's back
to the dancing style for thi s one. It' s cool, it's sexy, and it's dirty? and I sound like an art critic here. There?s just something about it. It has the "X factor" - like a few people I know in school. The female vocals are by Janet Jackson, and they really mix well with Justin's particularly (in this song) high vocals. Again, the use of electronic instruments helps it to work particularly well. Nice one. Right For Me - ** 4:29 Oh dear. No, I don not like this one. Certainly the worst on the album. This is the one song I often consider skipping. Although it does have that catchy line "Looking so damn right you're wrong!". I like THAT bit. But otherwise, it's not my cup of tea, it's not up my street and it doesn't float my boat. It's also indescribable to me at the moment so sorry if I'm not being of much help. Let's Take A Ride - **** 4:44 This was actually the first song other than the singles that I really took any notice of - now I like it but not much more. It feels good, and has that "moving on" feeling you get when something new, and good is happening. It's also very well produced to give an overall well-wrapped up package of a song. Not a bad effort at all. Right For Me - *** 4:33 Once again, not my sort of song normally but I still quite like it - it also makes a good conclusion to the album. The piano riff (thing) is very good and you can tell Justin really means what he's singing. Another girl has broken his heart. Don't you think it's strange how a good-looking guy like Justin has been broken by all these girls? I guess to be in the music performance industry you have to have been dumped a few times. I know most girls wouldn't be able to let go of him. I also know if I was a girl gong out with him, I'd start to think he was a bit of a tosser after a while. Album Art ------------------------------
- The cover and sleeve feature s a great deal of photos of Justin wearing *that* hat, and surrounded by a number of pipes. Bizarrely. It looks quite cool though. And because no one really wants to read about who produced which tracks, and who Justin wants to thank for their help, the whole sleeve folds out to be a poster on the other side. Personally, I kept mine folded up in the case, but I presume a lot of girls (and women!) used it for it's other purpose.... Overall Opinion & Conclusion ------------------------------------------- Justified is a fantastic effort. For a young artist (I think he's 22) this is truly superb. This album shows off his unique abilities, not only in song writing and vocals but also in his dance moves (if you've seen them then you'll know what I'm talking about!) The great thing about Justified is that it isn't just all the same - it's hugely varied in a number of different styles, yet at the same time they all fit nicely together on the album. Unfortunately there are a couple of weak links and fillers but it an overall fantastic piece. Since recording this album, Justin released an ok-ish single. All eyes are on him for the next album. Hopefully it won't dissapoint. I still can't believe I bought this album - it's not my usual thing at all - but I'm certainly glad I did. It has been a good a thing to listen to through some hectic times lately. I recommend you put aside your fears and reservations and just go out and buy it.
So for some reason unknown to me I agreed to take part in the Bigyummyangel challenge, I mean I should have known with Sara involved somewhere along the line, I was going to end up with one of two albums either Justin Timberlake or Craig David. Fortunately I don’t own a copy of either of Craig’s albums, what a spot of luck, unfortunately however I do have a copy of JT’s. Now before you all click me out of your COT on mass, I must stress that this was a freebie, I didn’t actually part with any money for it. Of course to the point of this challenge is to write about something you wouldn’t normally, I’m doing a CD but how often would you find me reviewing a Pop album. First of is there anyone out there who doesn’t actually know who Justin is, loved by millions and hated by similar numbers he used to be a member of N Sync. However apparently the band have vanished (Huge sigh of relief) and I suppose it was inevitable that they would start looking at solo deals. Of course it’s the foundations of this solo career where I respect his (more likely his record Companies) decision to enlist the help of Pharrell Williams and the N*E*R*D boys to help JT write and also produce his debut offering. Of course it’s not only the producing and writing that Pharrell and The Neptunes (Name N*E*R*D produce under) contribute to the album, Pharrell chips in with vocals on some tracks and he and Chad Hugo play all the instruments. Of course there are a couple of tracks that the Neptunes weren’t involved in in anyway however I feel personally that these are actually the weaker tracks. It’s probably more to do with the fact I’m a bigger fan of the producers than the actual artist. Now I know here I’d normally descend into a track by track review of an album, but for once I think I’ll pick out a couple of the best and a couple of the worst in my own opinion. Now obviously I’m su
re you will have heard at least one of the Trousersnake's songs at one point or another, if you haven’t turn on your radio. He’s pretty much everywhere these days appearing to be the new saviour of pop music, he’s tipped to be as big as Michael Jackson. First off I’ll go for the tracks I actually like and the first one of those has to be “Like I Love You”, now this is a big favourite in the pubs around Reading and can be heard at least 4 times a night. It starts with a guitar in short bursts with Justin adding vocals at various stages of the intro. To be honest this track has a decent beat that really makes you want do the drunken shuffle. It’s also one of those tracks with very catchy vocals, especially around the chorus. The guitars make a good addition to the track giving it a good consistency, while the beat really takes off in different directions. This track also features a rap by Clipse, which does fit in rather well. A good reminder of many drunken nights. I think possibly my favourite track on the album is the superb (Did I just say that about a Justin track..... argh help me) “Rock Your Body”. This really was the track of the holiday in Kos, with it not only being played throughout the day but also a few times in every bar we went to. It has a solid beat to it starting well using the drum machine and Justin’s vocals come in relatively quickly. Again those catchy lyrics strike you first, but there’s just something about the track that makes you forget it’s a track by a former member of N-sync and actually is pretty good. The same beat really repeat’s throughout the track with the melody barely changing but they seem to have found a certain niche in the beat that doesn’t drive you crazy. The track has pretty much everything with Justin attempting a bit of human beat box in the middle of the track and his vocals play off brilliantly against Vanes
sa Marquez who is brought in to provide a bit of variation from his voice and it does work well. It’s with tracks like these, heavily influenced by the Neptunes that have brought about the likenesses with Michael Jackson. The next one that really stands out for me on the album is near the end and “Let’s Take A Ride”. It’s another of the Neptune produced tracks surprise, surprise. Again that Hip Hop beat that the N*E*R*D make so much money with really kicks back in after a succession of tracks produced by others. Again guitars make up for a large part of the track and Justin’s vocals actually sound pretty good again. It’s a nice easy going summertime track that’s ideal really for any sort of time and mood. The drums are varied a little sounding totally different to anything else on the album and I think this helps to break it up a little. I know there’s three there not a couple but I thought all three really deserved a mention. Now comes the unfortunate or should that be enjoyable task of a couple of tracks I don’t actually like. To be totally honest this is the easiest part of the op although I do have to narrow it down to just a couple, although that’s not totally fair because some of them are good tracks there just not my type of thing. But these for me are a few that really bring the overall quality down. The first is the opening track and current single from Justin, “Senorita”. Now unfortunately this is actually a track produced by the Neptunes. It has a very Spanish feel to it, as you might imagine from the title and is really backed up by a repetitive drum machine beat and although Justin’s vocals do sound pretty good, I think the main fault with the track has to be the lyrics, which really aren’t good enough to bring out both the best in his and for the sections he’s in Pharrel’s. The track goes on for a bit too long and this also b
rings the quality of the track, not the best way to start your solo album. Then comes to one of the worst tracks I’ve actually heard in a long time, “(Oh No) What You Got”, the guest appearance of Timbaland probably adds to the fact that I really can’t stand this track. Probably the Timbaland is the main reason why I don’t like this, it starts with him bringing in the track over the top of a slow drum intro before “Mr JT” comes in with the vocals. And to hand it to the lad he can actually really sing but I feel he’s let down by a rather boring beat and of course the already mentioned special guest. Apart from that, this could have been saved and made a decent track however it wasn’t and unfortunately its not. So that’s a little taste of Mr JT’s debut album and although not to my taste it is a fairly good album and to give the guy credit he certainly can sing. If you’ve liked any of his singles or ideally all of them there’s no reason why you wont like the whole album. It’ll set you back £8.99 from CD-wow unless you have a half wit for a mate who gets it twice. If of course like me you only like selective tracks on it I suggest you get on Kazaa while you still can.
I fell into the Justin trap by pure accident. Ok sure, the guy can sing and act, but I think he is neither handsome or talented. Don't hurl stones at me yet! I've changed my tune quite recently. Some might think it is a bit late to get Timberlake fever, but its been a couple of days since I have bought the album and I am suffering! Die-hard Justin fans, dont you worry, I will not be competing for Justins affections. I still dont find Justin is at all remarkable looking. I would go so far as to say that on occasion, he even looks rough and sleazy. But, my opinion of his talent has been altered. I only bought the album on a whim, after realising that his tunes had been the background of my 2003 and hence the best memory-evoker around. I didnt expect to like any of the songs other than the familiar hits, and if it hadnt been for me taking time to listen to the lyrics then I probably wouldnt have picked up on the honest, sensitive atmosphere that I feel Justin creates to perfection. This really is Justin stripped naked. His emotions are there to be read by all, and there is no need to guess as to whom many of these songs are written. His voice falters sweetly at points, at others he adopts a mocking overtone, and then fortunately he throws in a few dance tunes to dispel all the blues otherwise created. This album is remarkable, and hats off to Justin for being able to expose so much of himself in his music. The songs reflect feelings that are evidently close to the singer/writer. Who would have thought it of an ex-NSYNC member?! Alone, the songs probably do not reflect much of this, but as an album, it has blown me away. My advice is, if you have the time to appreciate it, then listen the whole way through. Otherwise just hold it on your shelf as catchy party music!
Justin Timberlake started his musical life with the band NSYNC. Although he achieved success with the group, he was made more famous by his liaison with Britney Spears, and released his first solo album called Justified in November 2002. The album can be purchased from CD Wow for £8.99. I have to admit that when I first listened to the album I wasn?t impressed, but this has grown on me so much and I?m fast following Justin?s hordes of teenage girly admirers. Justin has received much publicity over the past few months, not least because of his dalliances with the ladies, the latest being Cameron Diaz, but of his continued comparison to Michael Jackson. So is he the second Jackson coming, or is it just a ploy to sell more records? The album cover has a background of bright blue sky, with Justin standing to the right of the cover, trying to look mean and moody. Many of the tracks on the album have lyrics that leave the listener with the impression that these could have been written about the obnoxious little Miss Spears herself. Rock your body is the third single release from the album and my favourite track on the album. The track bursts into life with guitars and drums, and is so like Michael Jackson it?s unreal. Justin is at his absolute best and it?s obvious why he has such a following of teenage girls. The song is very 80's disco reminiscent, as is the video to accompany it. The middle of the song has a drum solo, interspersed with Justin?s rendition of a Michael Jackson sound machine, and he also promises to have the listener naked by the end of song. Brilliant :O) "Don't be so quick to walk away Dance with me I wanna rock your body" Still in my brain is a lovely little ballad, which proves that Justin doesn?t have to rely on fast numbers to keep his popularity. It begins with a slow drum beat, and is a song about the ending of a relationship and not being able to come to ter
ms with it. I have to say in this song he sounds very similar to Stevie Wonder. The beautiful lights the star filled nights They don?t mean a thing Cry me a river has already been released as a single and begins with an organ and some strange vocals, which really gives the impression that this is going to be a gospel type track. However, the music then kicks in and Justin?s distinctive vocals emerge. The song is about someone who has found his girlfriend has been cheating on him and takes his revenge. The backing ?chk chk psshts? are very similar to Michael Jackson. The middle of the track has a spoken voice ?The damage is done so I guess I?ll be leaving? repeated a few times before the song kicks off again. I know that they say That somethings are better left unsaid Senorita, for me, has to be the strangest track on the album, which is a shame as is it is the first one. The song begins with a Spanish guitar and has a generally Spanish feel throughout, but is completely ruined by a lot of talking and question and answers spoken within the song by groups of men and women. However, my opinion of the song is not everyone elses, as this single is currently soaring in the charts. Like I love you was the first single released from the album, and is the song that propelled Justin to mega stardom. The song begins with Justin talking accompanied by a slow Spanish guitar, which speeds to keep up with the vocals. Much of the song is a spoken sentence followed by sung answer, and the middle is an almost spoken rap, sung by Justin. Just something about you The way I'm lookin at you whatever Never again is another ballad, and can only be written about Britney Spears and their break up. It begins with a soulful piano and one can only say that song is sung with real feeling and you half expect Justin to burst into tears while singing it. It tells of a relationship breakdown and unanswered questions about
the ending. Sadness has me at the end of the line Helpless watched you break this heart of mine Apart from the naff Senorita, this album is a great first solo offering from Mr. Trousersnake. There is a mixture of pop, R&B and soul on the album, spattered with an 80?s disco feel as well. He has an amazing voice, which, together with his ability to write his own songs, his cute looks, and his ability to dance will see him having a long career ahead of him. Surprisingly enough Justin co-wrote ALL of the songs on this album. For a young man of 22, this album reeks of maturity. Yes, he sounds similar to Michael Jackson, but he is a very talented chap by all accounts, and his music goes further than imitating Jackson. The chances are, you?re going to be pleasantly surprised. As a footnote to this opinion I've got to say I wish I was twenty years younger :O) All lyrics copyright the artist
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Like I Love You
3 (Oh No) What You Got
4 Take It From Here
5 Cry Me A River
6 Rock Your Body
7 Nothin Else
8 Last Night
9 Still On my Brain
10 (And She Said) Take Me Now
11 Right For Me
12 Lets Take A Rides
13 Never Again