Justin Timberlake released FutureSex/LoveSounds a mind-blowing 7 years ago, and the album signified what seemed like would be his last release of his music career to many. However, most were not expecting the large bomb that he was about to drop not only on the pop music industry, but hip-hop, contemporary, R&B, and pretty much any other genre industry as well. We have seen Timberlake mold his identity from his young and light-hearted boyish days of N’Sync, to the sultry yet, witty and comedic years as one of pop and R&B music’s best creations to date. When Timberlake dropped the first single to his 2013 album The 20/20 Experience titled “Suit and Tie”, featuring the smooth and cool styling of rap mogul Jay-Z, we all knew we were in for a huge hit, we just did not know how the star could possibly top his track record. Recently, Timberlake married actress Jessica Biel, which could explain the more drawn in focus of affection that he speaks of on love ballads such as “Mirrors” and “Tunnel Vision”, but surprisingly, it does not harsh the sexy of Timberlake’s well-known and acclaimed style; it actually still makes you feel like he is singing for the provocative girl next door in every woman, and then some. The breakdown of production is quite simple; the Timberlake-Timbaland duo, that we’ve loved so much from the pass, again combine forces to create the ultimate feel-good groove for all ages, big or small, short or tall, and succeeded in the album selling more than 2 million copies to date, certifying it double platinum since all the way back in April, as well as awarding the album with seven total Grammy nominations for the year, including “Best Pop Vocal Album”. Maybe its the mellow and earthy tone that Timberlake provides to the overall theme of the album, or the hints of funked-out dance flare that flow through the rhythms of most tracks but one thing is for sure: we never foresaw an upset. Timberlake succeeded the album with a second full-length addition titled The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2 back in September, which stunned fans who just could not believe the artist could have anything greater to offer and so soon. I chose this album as my number 13 because it provides the essentialism that many like myself seek in comfort of everyday music and you simply just can’t deny what makes you feel good.
Best Song: “Mirrors”
Best Production: “Strawberry Bubblegum”