teen heartthrob, Justin Timberlake, has dropped his first new single from an upcoming album for the first time in six years.
According to Rolling Stone
, the 31-year-old Timberlake announced his return to the music business on January 10. Three days later, his latest contribution
, "Suit & Tie," fresh off of the album, The 20/20 Experience,
which he says "will be released at some point this year."
The song has a surprisingly catchy score - keeping a momentous yet soft rhythm and containing a hint of R&B-meets-crooner vibe. Timberlake isn't at all shy about his job on the song
either: "What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about!
"It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses
that I've discovered along the way."
The singer went on to describe how recording The 20/20 Experience
had been his most favorable time he had behind the studio. He mentioned a wistful allure
about "creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process."
The horns section also adds a bit of a nice touch, but may carry too heavy of a hip hop quality for some. The quality of lyrics is a good deal above what is commonplace for popular music today - even if most pop songs can't seem to get a good idea what quality song writing happens to be.
For starters, while JT does leave a little to the imagination, it doesn't require a whole lot of effort to figure out what it is he actually means. And while wishing for more cryptic and brain-stimulating words to accompany the score may sound a tad personally motivated, it can be argued that doing so maybe even just a little bit may have given the song a little more variety.
Even though the lyrics aren't quite at the level of obscurity some might want to hear on their iPods, they do carry a romantic sense of atmosphere and compliment the tune very well. Describing what sounds like a classy (and probably very ritzy) love story, JT croons about his "dapper duds" described by the artist
as "all pressed up in black and white."
It is probably a good idea to mention that Jay-Z takes up some poetic vocal duties on the track too. Probably a bit more well-written than JT's lines, but just a little.
In the end, "Suit & Tie" may not be the world's next "Gangnam Style," but it is definitely worth giving a listen
and perhaps, even an iTunes purchase. Who knows? JT may even make you let him "show you a good thing."