The Quiet Return of Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake is back with his first new song in seven years, and the results aren’t explosive, but give reason for listeners to be cautiously optimistic for the singer’s recently announced new album, The 20/20 Experience. ‘It’s rambling and full of awkward transitions; yet occasionally finds its feet and ultimately heralds a joyful event: Justin Timberlake making music again,’ wrote Los Angeles Times music critic August Brown. Indeed, some may even argue that JT back in action is exactly what pop needs right now to save it from the clutches of EDM-addled naffness. But Timberlake doesn’t seem out to save the world with ‘Suit and Tie’ (above), his surprise, Jay-Z-aided comeback single. MTV’s James Montgomery calls it ‘reserved’ and says he expected the song to feel more like a major event. Instead, it’s classy, formal, and suave; if it’s not the life of the party, it aims to at least be the most refined. JT’s boy band days are long gone, but have his fans grown up with him?

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