Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience," his first album since 2006, when, as the New York Times reminds us, "Barack Obama was the junior senator from Illinois, Jay-Z and Beyoncé were not married, and iPhones did not exist," is shaping up to be one of the biggest pop music comeback stories of the year, with Timberlake announcing a tour with Jay-Z, hosting performances at the Grammys and SXSW and a ubiquitous presence on late night television this month.
But this might just be round 1: Over the weekend, Roots dummer and Justin Timberlake collaborator Questlove took to the online forum that he co-founded, Okayplayer, and wrote "spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov." His explanation for the "20/20" title fits, too, writing: "(10 songs now.....10 songs later= 20 vision)."
Questlove's comment was in response to another commenter's opinion of the critical Times review, which said called "The 20/20 Experience "an album of largely inconsequential beauty, showing Mr. Timberlake as an artist with no incentive to innovate, making this primarily a paean to brand maintenance. It’s not meant to change minds."
The drummer called this "constructive criticism" of Timberlake's album, but argued that the album is still "ballsy," saying that it might not appeal to people born after 1986 due to its older musical influences. "[Timberlake] was like 'why do we put all of our power in the hands of 18 year olds....i wanted to make a joint that 40 year olds would love too,' " wrote Questlove. Timberlake wanted to make an album for "35 year old people " who love soul with a slower beat, he explained.
"The 20/20 Experience" comes out March 19.