Justin Timberlake must have really enjoyed his wedding attire, because he can’t seem to shake that whole “Suit And Tie” thing. Not only was he wearing just that for his performance at Mark Cuban’s Super Bowl party, but the new 20/20 Experience he music he debuted during the set is just as retro as his snazzy attire.
Plus, while Mrs. Carter was busy bringing the stadium down during halftime, Jay-Z joined JT for their first live performance of “Suit And Tie.”
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So what’s different this time around? Has married life slowed Justin down? Vocally, Justin is still on point, hitting those high notes in falsetto with new tracks “Pusher Love Girl” and “That Girl” (which might actually be called “Bad Girl”… it’s hard to tell). The fact that the word “girl” appears in both songs seems no coincidence ― perhaps marital bliss has upbeat love on JT’s mind. Gone is the angsty heartbroken Justin of “Cry Me A River” and “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” replaced with a Justin that seems perfectly content… and maybe a little boring?
Can we blame Jessica Biel for this?
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Here he’s accompanied by a live band rather than all the danceable beats from his former hits, for a sound that is clearly more adult and rooted in musical stylings of the past. What do these two new tracks remind us of? Prince? Michael Jackson? Whoever it is, it isn’t from this millennium, but more a throwback to the 70’s and a far cry from the bubblegum pop of his N’SYNC days or the production trickery of FutureSex/LoveSounds.
“That Girl” = the happily-married version of “Like I Love You”
“Pusher Love Girl” = “LoveStoned” after a couple of kids
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Should we expect all of The 20/20 Experience to have this throwback feel to it? And do we like it, or do we want some more JT we can dance to?
Let us what you think of Justin’s new music in the comments!