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Justin Timberlake - Future Sex/Love Sounds

Published by Warren Dell under on Thursday, October 12, 2006

I've had this album for a while now and it's had plenty of words written about it so I'll only drop a few and leave it at that. I remember when Timberlake brought Justified out and he received all the plaudits with his move from boy band heart throb to a fully fledged urban star. Backed by the Neptunes some of those tracks got rinsed on the regular so any follow up had to be something special. There was this whole competition with Usher played up by the media which was got a bit carried away, although after working on the bulk of Justified any Neptunes beats on Confessions were left on the studio cutting floor rather than the album. This time around Future Sex/Love Sounds is absent from the inclusion of any Neptunes input and is instead mainly Timbaland produced work - perhaps the Virginia duo will now feature heavily on the next Usher album?

Although Timbaland is world renowned for his work he really takes it up a notch and from the outset you wouldn't straight away lace the beat to his name. With Timberlake on his best Bowie impression the duo have tried to take the music to another place. Highlights inlcude the already heard many times Sexyback and the future single My Love - which quirky beats and sound effects make this very similar to another Timbo classic Are You That Somebody by Aayliyah. Will.I.Am produces a slab of funk in the shape of Damn Girl witch rolls along in a similar way as Amerie's 1 Thing.

It would have been very easy to just come out with another Justified so full credit goes to Timberlake and Timbaland taking another direction. The big difference is that while the first album was very confessional and a lot of personal cleansing, Future Sex/Love Sounds is a man clearly confident in his role as a heart throb and willing to play up to this, while at the same time creating a feel good party album.


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