Justin Timberlake Review: The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 album cover art

Back in March, LxL mostly gushed over Justin Timberlake’s long-awaited musical return, The 20/20 Experience, the surprisingly experimental pop record from the former ‘N Sync singer. Sure it was mostly bubblegum pop music, but it was chopped, twisted, and expounded upon in fresh and interesting ways. When I heard there was a part two coming of the album, I couldn’t believe Timberlake would release what was sure to be a second smash album in seven months. However, with The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, we get what is essentially a glorified b-sides (closer to d-sides) album with none of the ingenuity of part 1 and a whole lot more stupidity.
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Top Ten Thursday: Best Solo Careers

Han Solo, solo career

After dropping our Review Royale of the new Justin Timberlake album this week, we thought it would be a good idea to tackle artists that have gone solo for our list this week.  We already broke down the best albums released by an artist after going solo in honor of Jack White releasing his first solo record.  So we thought, “Why not just look at solo artists career as a whole, after leaving their band/group.”  Easy enough to find plenty to pick from, but exceedingly difficult to pick just ten for this particular list.  We had to axe a couple that simply didn’t have enough solo material to justify putting them above more established solo musicians (Dan Auerbach and Jack White).  We just can’t be sure which direction people with just one solo album will go.  Back to the band or keep going on their own.  Either way, there were some very tough cuts, but we think we came away with a list worthy of your attention.  Enjoy, and let us know who we missed, left off, or shouldn’t have included at all.

10. Justin Timberlake


Following the “hiatus” of ‘N Sync in 2002, JT quickly released his solo debut Justified.  I know of at least a few sophomores and juniors in high school who couldn’t resist the former boy-bander’s cool pop sound.  Little did we all know, Justified would serve as merely a bridge to even more progressive and layered pop sounds.  FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience have done more than show off JT’s love of the backslash, affirming Timberlake as pop icon.
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Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Review: Mirror Traffic

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
Mirror Traffic
Being born in 1986, I was not privy to the faces of the independent music scene until many years after the band Pavement helped break it into popularity. When I discovered that there was indeed other music in the early 90’s other than Gin Blossoms and whatever 14 wonderful tracks graced the silver lining under the orange and slightly less orange rings to mySpace Jam soundtrack, I was shocked … and thrilled!  I didn’t have to listen to “Hey Jealousy” for the 800th time.

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