7. The 20/20 Experience - Justin Timberlake
After announcing the 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake really had a lot of people to impress. After all, since this was his first record in almost a decade, it made sense that anticipation was high to see what JT would be up to next. Although the effects of Suit and Tie and Mirrors worked like gangbusters, did anyone else start to feel a bit world weary by the time the final track came along?
Starting from a raw recording standpoint, these songs are a lot longer than your usual pop single should be, most songs not venturing below the 3 minute mark across its runtime. Even on the pop ready singles like Mirrors, the back halves of these songs divulge into outros that go on way longer than they have any right to. Though it's nice for Justin and his crew to go above and beyond for the crowd, it starts to get a little much when you put everything but the kitchen sink into the mix.
Aside from his feeble attempts to beat box, a lot of what's on this record comes down to Justin putting in way too many instruments on every track, which makes for a big wall of noise rather than the tight grooves that he was so good at in his prime. The real Justin is hidden in here somewhere, but it's going to take a little while for him to show himself.