By Myles Goldman
In 2007, Justin Timberlake released the album, “FutureSex/Love- Sounds.” The Grammy-nominated album featured well-known songs such as “SexyBack,” “My Love,” and “Love Stoned.” During March 2013, Timberlake released his album, “ The 20/20 Experience” and won awards including the Billboard Music Award for best R&B Album.
In early February, the former member of NSYNC, a boy band that was popular in the ‘90s and early 2000s, released his new album, “Man of The Woods.”
“Man of The Woods” features 16 songs. Timberlake posted a video on Instagram and explained the meaning behind the album’s title. His two-year-old son is named Silas which translates to “Man of The Woods” in Latin. Timberlake also mentioned on the Instagram video that the album was not a country soundtrack, but despite him saying this, some songs do sound similar to those in the country music genre. But, some of the songs are called, “Flannel,” “Montana,” and “Living off the Land.” The album name is cool and has an interesting, but does the music compare?
“Man of The Woods” was a giant disappointment, or maybe it seems so because “FutureSex/LoveSounds” was so good. In the album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” the main theme was about romance with the songs “SexyBack,” “Love Stoned” and “Summer Love.”
The first song of the new album, “Filthy” is not balanced well with the synthesized noise that plays through the entire song with the lyrics talking about his swagger. It was difficult to understand the structure of the song since it contains brief guitar solos and dubstep afterwards. The song, “Man of The Woods,” is also unbalanced; it sounds like Timberlake is whispering the entire song, and increasing the volume through earphones can be dangerous because the ampli cation of the song varies so greatly.
While Timberlake is a widely-admired musician, “Man of The Woods” is a complete mess. He should stick with the kind of music he made on “FutureSex/LoveSounds” instead of trying to incorporate different genres of music into one album. The album can be listened to through most music streaming platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.