Album review

Justin Timberlake - Justified

Timberlake goes solo, asks us to accept his adulthood but remains a blank space for producers Timbaland and the Neptunes to inscribe their innovative visions. The single "Like I Love You" unfurls beautifully as Justin pleads for you to reciprocate. Indeed much of the album is like 1980 revisited and updated; "Rock Your Body" is the greatest record Chic never made, "Nothin' Else" ditto Stevie Wonder; "Cry Me A River" (not the Julie London one) employs a secular choir to magnify Justin's laments. On "Let's Take A Ride" he offers to deliver you from your humdrum existence.

Go with him.

Rating: 4 / 10


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The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...