FutureSex / LoveSounds - Justin Timberlake
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  • Summary: Timbaland, will.i.am and Rick Rubin are among the producers on the singer's second solo set.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. There's going to be a coronation very soon, and anyone who cares to invest will be handsomely rewarded by the future king.
  2. It is this excess of ambition over achievement, as opposed to any real consistency, which makes FutureSex/LoveSounds more of an album than Justified was. Songs which sound puzzlingly self-indulgent in isolation-- most obviously, the smirking, tenuously tuneful first single "SexyBack"-- are cloaked in a compelling intensity and purposefulness when played in succession.
  3. 80
    The vibe is all infectious, feverish build-up. [Nov 2006, p.155]
  4. Although the mix of dance beats, pounding basslines and palatable vocals is occasionally marred by mundane R&B tracks like "Until the End of Time," there are far more pop gems than slow jams.
  5. The enjoyable, forgettable FutureSex/LoveSounds may be a just-okay Timberlake album, but it's a great Timbaland demo reel.
  6. Graceless he may be, but Timberlake is nevertheless kind of fascinating on FutureSex/LoveSounds since his fuses a clear musical vision -- misguided, yes, but clear all the same -- with a hammyness that only a child entertainer turned omnipresent 21st century celebrity can be.
  7. 40
    Timberlake and Timbaland... write frustratingly awkward songs. [Oct 2006, p.142]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 128
  1. DelorasV
    Sep 15, 2006
    10
    Greatest Pop album in the last 20 years. This album is simply amazing.. I reccomend everyone to get this album it is historic!
  2. KathieS
    Oct 10, 2006
    10
    Sexy back best sound in a long time...
  3. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    This album is a breath of fresh air. I listened to it in 2006, and it was amazing. Six years later, a started listening to it again, and it still feels the same way. It never gets old. His best album ever. No wonder he doesn't record music anymore, cause, frankly, it's hard to top this pop masterpiece. Expand
  4. undisclosedundisclosed
    Sep 30, 2006
    9
    FS/LS is an album that will if anything else turn heads, from his first single "Sexyback" which has risen to the #1 spot and has remained there for five consectutive weeks it's clear to see JT isn't going the easy way. He could've easily released a polished pop love song with sweet beats, and that falesto voice people love and hate, but instead JT embraked himself on a journey not even he could have precieved would've turned out this successful. His risking taking venture puts him ahead of the pop pack. His lyrics are bold, and the beats are equally as agressive. First listen you have to wonder "Was that really him?" It's a hard guess with his vocal changed up by a guitar amp. With crazy beats and just as good lyrical content JT has taken himself to the next level mixing pop with r&b with songs like "My Love" his next single and "What Goes Around" a pop song with an ending that may suprise some with questionable lyrics follwed by him laughing at a pretend ex for her foolish mistakes. Taking a an almost political stance with songs like "Until the End of Time," a piece more than likely dealing with the war in a round about way, finding true love through all the troubles of everyday. "Loosing My Way" touches upon the ever popular drug addiction, but if you think JT is going to come off as gansta or some hip=hop head or maybe just a junkie you couldn't be more wrong. Instead, he shows that their are no typical sterotypes this is an issue wwether you're a family man or the guy homeless on the strreet background means little. Ending the album Justin promises with "Another Song "All over Again," that his next album like this track is inspired by his hero Donny Hathway. This only Rick Rubiin produced track takes Justin's first try in raw format as he plays piano, yes JT can play insturments and quite well, and makes your heart quiver as he asks for forgiveness from a lover he has hurt, and hopes o tie things up with. I highly recomend this record to anyone who likes and can reconize good music. Expand
  5. ElizabethS
    Jan 6, 2007
    8
    I think it's one of the best albums of 2006!!Especially on production level...!!!
  6. Alex
    Sep 11, 2006
    7
    From listening to Justin's recent interviews, one might gather that this album will be a musical revolution. However, the tuth is - It really isn't. It's more of the same - slick production, hot beats and mediocre lyrics. It's not an album which will likely stand the test of time, but it is still an entertaining listen. The high points of the album exist only to make the lower points seem worse. The first 6 songs are top notch, but the album seems to suffer towards the end. it's as if timberland got bored and decided to wrap things up 3 songs too early. Expand
  7. RafaelP
    Sep 12, 2006
    0
    Timberlake can not sing... Props to Timbaland...

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