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Classic Album Review: Justin Timberlake- Justified

After a split with NSYNC in 2000, Justin Timberlake would release his debut solo album Justified in 2002. The album would sell near 2 million copies in the UK and 4 million in America, to this day it is still Timberlake’s most sold album worldwide, but is it as good as the sales suggest?

After a split with NSYNC in 2000, Justin Timberlake would release his debut solo album Justified in 2002. The album would sell near 2 million copies in the UK and 4 million in America, to this day it is still Timberlake’s most sold album worldwide, but is it as good as the sales suggest?

The first massive plus with this album is the people who produced it, the majority of the tracks were produced by The Neptunes and Timbaland, this essentially means that every track on here is at the very least clean and produced well. Pharrell, a member of The Neptunes, is a perfect fit for somebody like Timberlake, his production skills and knowledge was always going to be a big boost for the album. Timberlake, Pharrell and Timbaland all have amazing chemistry together, this is apparent on the albums opening tracks Señorita and Like I Love You, the latter of which has an epic feature from Clipse. These two tracks happen to be my favourites on the album, with Timberlake’s soft voice blending perfectly with The Neptunes beat heavy production.

Bare in mind I was only five years old when this album was out, I can distinctly remember the classics, which includes the two tracks mentioned as well as Rock Your Body and Cry Me A River. It’s well documented that JT was inspired by Michael Jackson, and you can see it here, although the production is different in ways, the vocals can be compared, JT might not be as strong a vocalist but he certainly tried to be. That’s no knock on him either, if you can draw comparisons with MJ it’s nothing but a compliment.

It’s an album that didn’t really change the game, but it bolstered it. It fed into a teenage audience who were happy to eat it up, the music had massive sex appeal to it. It might not be considered JT’s best album ever, but it’s without a doubt my favourite of his, and that’s in large part thanks to The Neptune’s who did what they always do, make things better.

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