Thursday, August 10, 2006
Who’s laughing now? While the teen pop bubble may have burst, ’NSync refugee Justin Timberlake fashioned a golden parachute from the fabric of music’s most pervasive beat bosses, specifically the Neptunes and Timbaland. His resulting solo debut, Justified (Jive) exploded with hooks and hits, effectively catapulting him from teeny-bop pretty boy to number one contender for the king of pop crown (Usher? Puh-leeze!). Now he’s ready to take his next shot at the top spot with the forthcoming Futuresex/Lovesounds (Jive), led by the four-on-the-floor robo-funk of freaky first single “Sexyback,” an ambitious blast of club flash that bumps like something by idiosyncratic Chicago house pioneer Green Velvet (get thee to Wikipedia!), courtesy of ’06 production MVP Timbaland. Dress to sweat — there won’t be a dry body in the house.
(Originally published in the LA Weekly, August ’06)
Posted by Scott at 10:11 PM