At this point, JT isn’t making a record that “fits in.” He’s doing what he wants and hoping it resonates, and that kind of calculated risk is what makes this really exciting.
Justin Timberlake’s fifth studio album has officially hit the digital waves.
It’s a big week for JT. The pop star just celebrated his 37th birthday (Jan. 31), he’s headlining the Super Bowl Halftime Show on Sunday, and his new record, Man Of The Woods, is available to stream.
The blogosphere has had a mixed reaction to it. Read a roundup of the reviews here.
When JT first announced the era, the outdoorsy aesthetic felt like a nod to his Memphis roots. Fans were under the impression Justin’s new music would have a country twang to it, but when he dropped “Filthy” and “Supplies,” soundtracked to videos that felt more like an episode of Black Mirror, people were left scratching their heads.
There are some real gems on the record. “Breeze Off The Pond” is laid back and reminiscent of something off of the second half of The 20/20 Experience. “Wave,” “Montana” and “The Hard Stuff” are also highlights. There’s also a handful of songs that JT should have left off, but probably kept for sentimental reasons, like “Young Man” and the “Hers” interlude. Blah.
Timberlake has had an incredibly difficult time figuring out his spot in the ever-changing musical landscape, but I assume he expected the criticism. At this point, JT isn’t making a record that “fits in.” He’s doing what he wants and hoping it resonates, and that kind of calculated risk is what makes this really exciting.
Stream Man of the Woods below: