Justin Timberlake‘s new album, The 20/20 Experience, isn’t due out until next Tuesday (March 19), but oh, what the hell, it’s 2013 and it was going to leak anyway. Therefore, Mr. Suit & Tie himself has decided to stream the album in full on iTunes. The tracks aren’t separated so you don’t really know what you’re listening to, but that sorta doesn’t matter because holy shit, it’s really good. That’s coming from someone who would never describe herself as a JT fan or anything but knows really good R’n’B when she hears it, so take that as you will.
At about 70 minutes long, it’s certainly an “experience”, as he hoped, and it’s full of more cohesive, smoother tracks than it is with big club bangers – in fact, after a full listen, I think there’s only one or two that I can imagine people getting hype about, and even that’s a stretch. Still, it kind of doesn’t matter. For this album, Justin has settled down a bit into his sound and seems comfortable sort of exploring the intricacies of the tracks instead of attacking them. Do I sound like I should write for Pitchfork? I’m a professional music critic, you know. (I’m really not, nor do I want to be.)
Check out The 20/20 Experience on iTunes here and let us know what you think in the comments!