Sarah Rodman of the Boston Herald spoke with Justin Timberlake who says his debut solo album ‘Justified’ doesn’t spell the end for *NSYNC. “I think as a group we decided to slow down and see where our heads were at and what we wanted to do for the next record,” says Timberlake. As for whether it will be difficult to be one of five instead of the main man, Timberlake said, “Those guys are my friends and they’ll always be my friends, and I would never turn my back on them as far as that goes.” He added that he would make another *NSYNC record “in a heartbeat.”
Solo Careers May Prove Elusive For Timberlake & Carter
November 1, 2002 – Jim Abbott of the Orlando Sentinel reviewed the debut solo efforts of Justin and Backstreet Boys star Nick Carter, giving Justin’s ‘Justified’ and Nick’s ‘Now Or Never’ each two stars out of five. Abbott joked, “At least they don’t want to go into space,” adding, “Successful solo careers might prove as elusive as that space shuttle ticket.” As for the pressure of Timberlake’s album on the future of teen pop, Timberlake said, “I really didn’t think about any of that. I just went in and made the record. I mean, it’s the music that I like. It’s a collection of the sounds that I’ve grown up on and that I like.” Read more.
No Chance For Justin Timberlake As Next King Of Pop
November 1, 2002 – Lisa Verrico of the Times of London reviewed Justin’s debut solo album ‘Justified’, giving it 2 out of 5 stars. Verrico writes, “Of the 14 tracks on ‘Justified’ only a handful feel right. On the rest Timberlake’s thin, high-pitched vocals just don’t blend with the bouncy beats, no matter how hard he tries or how many guest rappers he gets in to toughen him up.”