Justified - Justin Timberlake

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Few songs on the album are as perfect as [the opening] two, but many of them are nonetheless excellent.
  2. Michael Jackson's probably thinking, "Man, this is the album I should've made last year!"
  3. This is Justin Timberlake squealing like Michael Jackson's pet monkey, a recipe for joy if ever there was one.
  4. 80
    Much of the album is like 1980 revisited and updated. [Jan 2003, p.115]
  5. The Neptunes' brilliant, impertinent, full-body funk is, for the most part, what stays with you from Justified; their songs, spacious and shot through with ecstatic aaahs, outshine their neighbors on the album.
  6. A cohesive and fairly lean work, especially compared with 'N Sync's last two albums.
  7. Justin Timberlake's solo debut is good.... Was this the same Justin Timberlake from that boy band *NSYNC? Could it be? Better asked, how could this be?
  8. 70
    A fun, contemporary pop record that's uber-cool without ever seeming forced.
  9. Timberlake, having failed to imprint his personality on 'Justified', simply stands or falls on the strength of the songs. Luckily for him, half a dozen of them - mainly Timbaland's - are brilliant.
  10. 60
    Unlike some other singers, Timberlake never seems a puppet of his hot producers. [#12, p.154]
  11. Justified is just sound and posturing, with no core.
  12. Timberlake and the Neptunes work hard at creating memorable songs, an admirable undertaking given the pathetic state of songwriting in pop music. But little more is expressed in songs like "Señorita" and "Take It From Here" than flowery notions of romance or brusque come-ons.
  13. He's an even limper pastiche of [Michael] Jackson than Jackson himself. [Jan 2003, p.123]
  14. There's so little substance here, it's difficult to engage with the record or its creator.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 117 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
  1. Nov 16, 2014
    A good album of Justin Timberlake that makes us forget the time of N'Sync. Done with delicacy, good production and with a good voice of JT. There's a good progression in the material of the album, but sometimes there're some songs that are slow or quiet. After all it's a good start that deserves some high marks. Full Review »
  2. Nov 14, 2013
    A decent first effort from the ex-N*Sync'er. Justin proves his commercial appeal especially in the second single, "Cry me a river", which is an letter to ex-girlfriend Britney Spears. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2011
    Justified proved to be a strong first solo effort from N'Sync front boy Justin Timberlake. And while loaded with sure-fire hits (and some very memorable), as an album it sounds repetitive. Full Review »