• Record Label: RCA
  • Release Date: Sep 30, 2013
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Oct 1, 2013
    83
    Timberlake reined in his musical vision just enough to make this album more focused and engaging--but didn’t lose sight of his desire to take chances.
  2. 83
    Sure, there may be a shorter classic buried somewhere within the project’s 145+ minutes. Alas, this mythical album merely exists in my mind. 2 of 2, however, comes tantalizingly close to that ideal on its own.
  3. Timberlake throws every influence he’s ever touched at the canvas here, and he somehow gets away with it.
  4. Oct 1, 2013
    75
    In a world of quicker, faster, harder, it’s intriguing when songs spread out, taking their time to get to the point or create landscapes beyond the hook.
  5. Sep 30, 2013
    75
    A 12-song sequel that comes on stronger than its ingratiating predecessor.
  6. 75
    Apparently the producer saved his haymakers for round 2, because he's in full classic-Timba mode here.
  7. 70
    While the second release may not live up to the first, it’s hard not to hope for a third.
  8. Oct 1, 2013
    70
    Although he still goes on a bit long in places, with help from producer buddies like Timbaland, Timberlake--channeling his usual suspects from Michael Jackson to Prince--nails a more cohesive vibe on this follow-up.
  9. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    Surprisingly enough, however, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) is quite the step up from the first part. Even when it plunges into excess—which it does quite often—the basic pop structures underneath remain far more compelling than anything off of Part One.
  10. Sep 30, 2013
    70
    Even if this stuff is willful, it's dazzling, too.
  11. Sep 30, 2013
    63
    Artistic ambition is a wonderful attribute, but so is the ability to self-edit, and it’s in short supply. There’s a snappy single album of sharp pop music tucked inside the two 20/20 Experience bookends, but it’ll take listeners some work to find it.
  12. Oct 2, 2013
    60
    Pared down and stripped to its primal rudiments, the latest Timberlake saga could have been something truly epic; instead, it just feels unnecessarily immense.
  13. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 includes a few pop gems, but as an album, it pales in comparison to its older sibling.
  14. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    It’s obvious Justin had quite a bit to say but sometimes, some things are just better left unsaid.
  15. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    Ultimately, 2 of 2 doesn't so much eclipse its predecessor as it settles into the format more believably.
  16. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    As it stands, with its insistence on aggressive polyrhythm and bumping bass, 2 of 2 is most certainly a funky record, but it's hardly a deeply soulful one. That's not a distinction without a difference.
  17. Sep 30, 2013
    60
    This is a tighter record than the first volume, particularly the come-to-bed cheek of Cabaret, featuring his current chart competitor Drake. Things get slushier towards the end with Only When I Walk Away and Not a Bad Thing.
  18. Sep 26, 2013
    60
    The fact that they are the strongest efforts here suggests that, despite his admirable ambition, perhaps he should focus on what he does best.
  19. Oct 4, 2013
    50
    Part 2, by comparison [to Part 1], simply feels like an inessential cash grab, and it's strong evidence that everyone’s favorite pop star might be overstaying his welcome.
  20. Oct 3, 2013
    50
    This feels like an unnecessary and slightly cynical afterthought, much like a lot of pop music. It isn’t necessarily all bad in terms of quality. But it is utterly dispensable.
  21. 50
    The indulgence that fit the designer Suits & Ties of Pt. 1 colors this record’s jungle sex openings and hidden “Hey There Delilah” endings, and it hamstrings an otherwise great singer into making a mediocre record.
  22. Oct 1, 2013
    45
    The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is not only superfluous, it actually erases some of the gains made by its predecessor as it plays into the worst trappings of self-indulgence.
  23. Oct 3, 2013
    40
    Cabaret with Drake has a catchy hook and gorgeously cheesy lyrics only Timberlake can pull off. The countrified Drink You Away almost works. The rest is forgettable.
  24. Sep 30, 2013
    40
    The second half is a laborious crawl, a variety of glorified and slow bonus tracks.
  25. 40
    Comprising as it does outtakes from the sessions for The 20/20 Experience, it's hardly surprising there should be a drop-off in quality for this follow-up; but it's a pretty steep fall.
  26. Sep 30, 2013
    20
    2 of 2, then, is an incredibly frustrating experience.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 159 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. Oct 1, 2013
    10
    This is very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very veryThis is very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very good. JT is a master. He truly loves what he does and it is evident in his work. Full Review »
  2. Feb 9, 2015
    10
    Great album created by amazing artist who doesn't follow trends and has his own musical path. Don't get why it wasn't such a success withGreat album created by amazing artist who doesn't follow trends and has his own musical path. Don't get why it wasn't such a success with critics but seeing some work they prefer over this I wouldn't worry much about them. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    10
    What a great album it surprised me i didnt expect this way better than i thought i liked part 1 but this one is even better than that JT'sWhat a great album it surprised me i didnt expect this way better than i thought i liked part 1 but this one is even better than that JT's vocals and the production are awesome it's very dark and entertaining it is JT at his best cant expect more for sure Full Review »