I went to stars2ya.com and heard clips of the eleven songs on Justin Timberlake’s solo album “Justified.” This is my brief personal review of it. It sucks. Plain and simple. I’m not trying to hate. No one WANTS to hear crappy music. You want to hear good stuff. However, the whole time you’re listening to each clip on this album, you’re hoping that the next clip is better. Yet, you are left disappointed.
The beats on “Justified” are extremely redundant. Today when you turn on the radio, within the first 5 seconds you can say with confidence that you know that song was or was not done by the Neptunes. There sound is easily recognizable, not a good thing as a producer. You don’t want to be predictable. On “Justified” it’s the same sound on every song. It’s like the Neptunes didn’t even try. And Timbaland just recycled beats he used with Aaliyah and Genuine. There’s nothing new or different about that.
Justin enjoys telling the media he co-wrote every song on the album. After hearing these clips, that is nothing to be proud of. The lyrics have as much depth as a pile of urine. He says the same thing over and over. “I just want to love you…I saw your tears…I saw your brown eyes…love your green eyes…let me be your blue sky…” Get it?
The single “Like I Love You” is the first track on the album. Three minutes of that screechy voice is bearable. You won’t die. But sixty minutes of it will make you cringe.
Overall, “Justified” is not THAT bad for a first attempt. If you’re looking for something new and refreshing, you won’t find it here. If you’re looking for an album that’s a possible Grammy contender, keep looking. For this album, Justin did most of the lyrics. The Neptunes and Tim did the beats. The lyrics need to catch up to the beats. And they have a long way to go.
If anyone disagrees, make sure you’ve heard the clips yourself. I don’t mind people disagreeing with me. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And this is mine. If you’re going to have an opinion, however, it needs to be an educated one. So listen to the clips. I’m sure most of you will agree with my review, though. Those of you who don’t, feel free to disagree. It’s all good. You’re not hurting my feelings.
Added: October 8th 2002
Reviewer: elgato cat
Justin Timberlake Breaks The Formula With ‘Justified’
October 7, 2002 – While many have compared the debut solo effort of *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake to Michael Jackson, Tom Poleman, program director of WHTZ-FM, a pop station in New York City, disagrees. “I think it’s a unique sound that breaks the formula,” he told the New York Times. “And any time you do that it’s a gamble that will either pay off or fall flat. Now, the indications are that it’s going to pay off for him.” Read more.
Deep Thoughts From Justin Timberlake
October 6, 2002 – The Sunday Mail quotes Justin commenting on how mornings get him into the groove, “Some days you wake up and your rhythm is on. Some days it’s sketchy, but every day, you wake up.”