Justin Timberlake Takes Back The Night

Friday, July 12, 2013

We should all know by now that Justin Timberlake is releasing the second installment of The 20/20 Experience later this year (September 30th, to be exact) and he's got a whole *ahem* package in store for it as the album is going to be expanded and all that jazz. While it's debatable whether he's doing this project for contract obligations or not, I could really care less considering that I actually like the glorious rhythmic mess that the first installment was and am already rapt with attention for the rest. 

To usher in round two, Timberlake touches down with the Timberland and J-Roc co-produced, "Take Back The Night" and in the shortest of responses, it's pretty damn great. Jubilant, shimmering lite-disco/early 80's funk (think Shalamar's "A Night To Remember" mixed with (duh) Off The Wall era Michael), infused with horns and strings and a groove that doesn't overstay it's welcome. "Take Back The Night" is simply Timberlake back at rockin' our bodies and joining the ranks of artists who are pursuing the retro to try and put EDM infused R&B/Soul out of its misery (the '"Get Lucky" Factor' getting real, y'all...). Listening to it, I'm slightly mad that he didn't release this one the first time out as it's the best single so far from the project and miles upon miles better than "Shit & Lie" "Suit & Tie" --- but alas, we can't always get what we want. So take the track down stream after the cut, and prepare for the Robin Thicke response song/video in 3...2...

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