Justin Timberlake – SexyBack

First Hit #1: September 9, 2006

How can you bring sexy back if sexy never left? While an enjoyable simple club banger, Timberlake isn’t actually doing much that’s actually new here. It’s of a piece with the trends of the era, not bothering to showcase the singer to any real degree – he’s hidden behind filters for the most part – and not bothering to do much that not the rather staid and predictable “sexy people having sex with other sexy people” lyrical trope which, again, has never been far from the chart. It’s catchy enough, plus you get Timberlake’s undeniable charisma, but instead of trying to bring back an old school kind of sexy or do something apart from what is already on the chart, it’s just a heavy electronic club banger that is focused primarily on the same thrills that are already around the upper levels of Billboard. If anything, it does the opposite, since it is so inorganic and laced with filters and post processing it’s like listening to the come-ons of a talented robot.

I can’t quite an artist too much for continuing down a path that sells, but at least don’t lie about what you’re doing.

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One Response to Justin Timberlake – SexyBack

  1. RBerman says:

    Apparently Vevo forbids embedding that video for the USA. Here’s a straight link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gOHvDP_vCs

    Like Fergie yesterday, we get the “descending pitch talking” style. The repetition in the chorus probably works just fine on the dance floor, but I find it repetitive just for listening. Still, I hear a lot more instrumental variety than Fergie gave us, including a slinky guitar line around 2:30 that reminds me of the one from Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something.” I liked Timberlake better more melodic; the only part of his FutureSex album I really enjoyed was the “I Think She Knows” bit.

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