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Old 18-03-2013, 19:27
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I'm finding this painful to listen to. The tracks are far tol long and need some serious editing and the best way to describe it IMO is quite simply 'boring'. That's my take on it anyway, it's got some pretty good reviews but I can't imagine it being anywhere near as successful as his previous albums
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Old 18-03-2013, 19:31
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It's average, I can't think of one song on it that has instantly hit me aside from Mirrors. I understand the artistry behind the long songs but I think in practicality it doesn't work, I listen to music mainly at the gym, at parties, on the way to work and it all just seems too slow paced and lengthy.
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Old 18-03-2013, 19:33
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I've given it two listens and I think it's really good. Yeah the songs are long but I think that allows for some room for development. I like the fact that it's a bit more experimental in that sense - it shows that he's ahead of the pack regarding current pop stars. Most are content to chuck out a 3 and a half minute Ibiza-club-dance thing but this has a lot more substance. It feels like a proper album rather than four singles and piles of filler that many others of his stature would release (e.g Rihanna.)

I can see chart music following this style a little bit more over the next few years - RnB/neo-soul music. Some of it sounds Frank Ocean-inspired.
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Old 18-03-2013, 19:35
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Yep it is a huge disappointment.
Certainly not an album of the year contender.
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Old 18-03-2013, 20:29
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I've only heard Suit & Tie and I heard Mirrors for the first time today. On first listen I don't get the hype for Mirrors at all. Just my personal opinion. Not that fussed with Suit & Tie either.
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Old 18-03-2013, 20:43
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I haven't heard the full album and have no desire to after hearing every track is really long.

Heard Suit & Tie on the radio and didn't like it, however downloaded JT's Brit's performance of Mirrors and love it!
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Old 18-03-2013, 20:48
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I'm really liking it, it's not the kind of album I could listen to in the car because of the length, but when I'm just sat at the laptop it's great.
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Old 18-03-2013, 21:02
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I'm loving it
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Old 18-03-2013, 21:06
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I haven't heard it yet but I don'd mind the long songs, as long as they're good it doesn't matter.
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Old 18-03-2013, 21:11
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I haven't heard the full album and have no desire to after hearing every track is really long.

Heard Suit & Tie on the radio and didn't like it, however downloaded JT's Brit's performance of Mirrors and love it!
What has the length of the song got to do with the quality?
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Old 18-03-2013, 21:13
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What has the length of the song got to do with the quality?
The fact I know my attention span is very short and I would be bored of the song within five minutes. People like different things!
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Old 18-03-2013, 22:49
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It's one of those albums which is ideal for background noise while one is either browsing the internet or snuggled up in bed with a loved one (or a sock / portable rubber pleasuring device)

It'll never win an Ivor Novello, granted & yes, most of the 12 tracks (on the Deluxe edition) do drag on into well over the 5 minute mark, nearly nudging 8 on some !

But after 3 listens to The 20/20 experience my two stand out tracks are Let The Groove In (reminiscent of M.J.s 'Wanna Be Starting Something'') and the album opener 'Pusher Love Girl' (despite it's drug references).

Track 10 'Blue Ocean Floor' is ambient enough to fall asleep to.Perhaps thats why it's the last track on the standard edition ?

Overall ? One for the fans IMO, but I think it's a cool album with great production by Timbaland.
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Old 18-03-2013, 22:53
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I'm not sure. I love some of the songs. But I do find some quite boring and some do drag. I'm enjoying it, sure, but would of preferred something similar to his previous music, more pop I guess.
I'm very glad he's back though and we got Mirrors out of it so I can't complain.
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Old 18-03-2013, 23:15
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It seems okay as something to be left on in the background, on the car stereo for a long drive, though it's going towards over-long MOR territory if you listen closely. Maybe in trying not to sound too much like current pop bollocks he's gone too far in the other direction(?).

Track 3, Don't Hold The Wall is just rubbish...and the opener, Pusher Love Girl, is a draggy 8 minutes to open a comeback album! I like Suit & Tie, Strawberry Bubblegum, Tunnel Vision, Mirrors and Let The Groove Get In (though it's actually pretty annoying after a few minutes lol). Mirrors being the single gave the impression that the album was gonna be BIG in scope and soundscape. What it is big in is length...
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Old 19-03-2013, 11:51
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The album is great. sounds like nothing else out there at the moment. he could of easily came back with 4-5 dance tracks.....but everyone seems to be doing that just now, least he is showing a bit of originality!

i also don't get why people are complaining about the song lengths..... it is easy to tell when the actual "main" song ends and the extra couple of mins start.......you never hear the 2nd part of mirrors on the radio do you?
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Old 19-03-2013, 12:20
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I agree. I mean, the 2nd part of the song is mostly very very different so it does sound like you get 2 songs in 1. I actually like the 2nd part of Strawberry Bubblegum even more than the 1st part.

Overall, I think it is a brilliant album because it is very consistent, it is a one big story from start to finish with rich sound and production. The only song I don't like very much is Spaceship Coupe and I think that is the only song that shouldn't be so long.
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Old 19-03-2013, 20:13
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Strawberry Bubblegum is brilliant...
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Old 19-03-2013, 21:32
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Interesting read from Lefsetz

Justin Timberlake


Talk about overexposed.

Are we still living in 2000, when it was all about the first week and most people still had not discovered Napster?

Yup, thatís when JT was at his peak.

You want to know the big arts story this week?

The ďVeronica MarsĒ Kickstarter project. Theyíve raised in excess of three million bucks by going to those who care, the fans, as opposed to JT, whoís positively living in the past, believing that saturation marketing will convince all of us who donít care to. Huh? Youíre just pissing us off!

Meanwhile, Iím here to tell you sexy never left, but cool is back. Manufactured is trouble. Hubris is fatal. Hell, when the ďNew York TimesĒ writes articles about the Taylor Swift backlash, about her bad Q ratings, you know that itís over.

Taylor Swift? You havenít got enough publicity? Youíre appearing in ďVanity FairĒ? WHY? So we can make fun of you? Taking on comediennes is like having a guitar battle with Clapton, even Gary Clark, Jr., you just canít win.

Yup, Taylorís pissed at Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for making fun of her at the Golden Globes. Donít know that? Youíre lucky. ďVanity FairĒ spammed the media and every non-thinking news outlet reproduced it.

Want some advice Taylor?

STFU!

You donít see Carrie Underwood trying to cross over, splashed all over the media. No, she stays in her own little backwater, therefore the country people protect her. Whoís going to protect Taylor Swift?

And who exactly is going to protect Justin Timberlake?

Last I checked, his core audience has babies. Thank god tickets are sold digitally, because none of his fans could leave home to line up. As to whether they can get babysitters for the gigÖ Well, people only go to one show a year, and Justin Timberlake, whose last tour, before you grew pubes, didnít sell out, bought insurance this time, heís going out with Jay-Z, because heís afraid, very afraid. Not as afraid as Miley Cyrus, whoís tabloid fodder and has lost her music career, but still scared.

Canít you see it? The desperation? What if Iím not big enough?

Want to know todayís underground music story?

Prince at SXSW!

He didnít promote it, everybody else did!

Thatís how you want to do it today.

But that just doesnít fit in with your world domination, conquer all philosophy. You want to dun everybody into submission. You think if youíre Gene Simmons and you screw thousands of girls, people will care. The only people who care about Mr. Simmons are the ones who in declining numbers go to Kiss shows. The rest of us have no problem ignoring him.

You see in the old world it was top down. Get the big kahunas to write about you so the little people will find out.

But now itís positively reversed. The little people build your career. And it happens very slowly. And when we see dinosaurs like Justin Timberlake BEGGING US to pay attention we have the classic twenty first century response. We laugh at him. We feel superior to him. We look down upon him just like the nincompoops on reality TV.

And when his album failsÖ

OF COURSE ITíS GONNA FAIL!

Come on, even U2′s album failed.

If youíre a superstar, we donít even want the album, unless weíre hard core fans. We want the undeniable single.

Now if youíre not a superstar, this rule doesnít apply. Make a ton of music, satiate your fans.

Then again, Iím a Ry Cooder fan, and Iíve stopped paying attention. I laughed when I heard a song of his on the satellite. Reminded me of him talking about making a new albumÖ

You know Ry. Guitarist extraordinaire who gets tons of ink, but canít sell a record?

Welcome to 2013. When itís not only cult people like Ry Cooder, but stars like Timberlake and Bowie.

They think everybody cares.

But everybody doesnít.

Even ďThe New YorkerĒ writes about Bowie.

End result?

A TARNISHING OF THE LEGACY! BECAUSE WE JUST DONíT CARE!
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Old 19-03-2013, 21:35
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I quite like it. I'll be honest I've not really listened intently, but I've had in on in the background a couple of times and a few of the tracks have jumped out at me. Let The Groove is particularly good.

It's not as accessible as his first two albums though and I can't really see it having any more hits from it after Mirrors. But as I say, i've only really had it on in the background.
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Old 20-03-2013, 01:49
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I love the change in direction.

However he did this on Jimmy's show last Friday and kinda miss his old stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpCgZgG-HTo
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Old 20-03-2013, 10:43
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I thought it's a great concept album. Can't wait for Part 2.
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Old 20-03-2013, 15:22
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I am hooked. I love it. The production is so slick and his tunes are catchy as ever.
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Old 20-03-2013, 22:17
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I absolutely love it. Favourites at the moment are Strawberry Bubblegum, Pusher Love Girl, Dont Hold The Wall, Tunnel Vision, Blue Ocean Floor and Mirrors. The length of the songs doesnt bother me in the slightest as there seems to be so much going on in each song. The production on them is wonderful.
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Old 20-03-2013, 22:33
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I love it too I thought he was just on par with Robin Thicke when the first 2 singles were released but the body of work on the whole is what what separates them. Poster above highlighted the best songs and I'm in full agreement.
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Old 20-03-2013, 22:57
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I love the change in direction.

However he did this on Jimmy's show last Friday and kinda miss his old stuff

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpCgZgG-HTo
I agree. I was watching this the other day and I had a smile on my face the whole way through. Brings back memories. Wish I could somehow download this without any of the background noise.

I like his new stuff and I'm glad he's back...as long as he doesn't start churning out any of those generic trash I'm happy.
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