Friday, July 07, 2006

The Sound of Sex: Justin Timberlake unleashes "SexyBack" on the world



This was probably the most guarded single in the history of mankind. Since JT released the, only slightly, eccentric details to his upcoming sophomore effort entitled FutureSex/LoveSounds (beats me), over-eager bloggers, teenage girls, and drooling gays have banded together with one quest at hand: To FIND lead-off single SexyBack as soon as possible. Alas, all we got were release dates and a dubiously itchy 16-second clip intended as a ringtone. No thanks! So, like mortals, we waited. How utterly sickening! So this week they went ahead and finally released SexyBack to radio stations and we were all able to hear it at the same time. Gross. Needless to say, if this first single is any indication of the album itself, you can rest assured that FutureSex/LoveSounds may end up being one of the most daring follow-up albums in a good long while. The track is deliciously trashy in every way, with needlessly vulgar lyrics to boot (for Timberlake, anyway.) Its sonic base is both unrelenting and marvelously contained within its odd allure. Driving synth circles bathed in a radiating sheen; dirty as it seems, something shines on through. Justin, obviously going for a recreation of sorts, succeeds fairly easily here, so you never get the sense of him trying too hard. He’s got a real Prince vibe going on--and it shockingly works. As for how the ALBUM will play out in that respect, I cannot say. For now, however, I will say that SexyBack is, simultaneously, a ridiculously apt club anthem and a surprisingly earnest first foot forward in an uphill battle that may prove well worth the sweat. Not the best single I’ve heard this year, but the best you can hope for after the brilliance of something like Cry Me a River.

5 comments:

Teresa said...

He sounds like Pharrell. That's a good thing. This may replace "Promiscuous" as my anthem. Okay, no, it won't. But it's still awesome.

Daniel said...

You're gay.

Teresa said...

So?

Daniel said...

lol You're a housewife.

Teresa said...

:aafb: