Indulging in tunnel vision

Indulging in tunnel vision

People have been eagerly awaiting Justin Timberlake's first album in nearly seven years. But if you're expecting anything as instantly memorable as the songs on his first two albums - or even the two singles he's been tirelessly promoting - alter your expectations.

The 20/20 Experience is an experiment in sound and vibe. Only one song is less than five minutes long; many of the others are like mini symphonies, with separate movements of different paces, keys and even genres.

The album is more about creating musical landscapes than catchy singles. Even the more memorable, dancey tracks - Pusher Love Girl, Let the Groove Get In, Tunnel Vision, Don't Hold the Wall - play on well after you expect them to end, morphing from likely single material to a sonic voyage.

It takes a confident artist to produce something this unexpected, indulging his own curiosity rather than instantly pleasing fans. It's a grower: let it wash over you, and marvel at the former boy-bander's revolution.

YP Rating: 3/5

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