Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" Reminds Us Why We've Missed Him So Much

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Six years is a long time for a musician to be absent from the field.

Unless you've reach "legendary" status, making a comeback after such a long period of dormancy is nearly impossible. With that said, Justin Timberlake's last album, FutureSex/ LoveSounds, is one of the greatest R&B albums of the last generation. Perhaps the now married, 31-year-old crooner-turned-actor felt that he didn't need to release any new music after putting out such an incredible album.

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But a lot has changed in the world since he left. Things were very different in 2006: Twitter had just got off the ground, the iPhone didn't even exist, the term "swag" hadn't been abused into oblivion, George "Dubya" Bush was still in office, Lindsay Lohan was making seven million dollars a movie, and Lady Gaga wasn't even a thought.

["Suit and Tie"] feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.

Now, EDM has a profound influence on pop music, and hip-hop's mostly dominated by a young, rambunctious crowd. It's a this curious time Justin Timberlake has decided to return to the music world. With much hype circling the release, Timberlake's first single in years, "Suit and Tie", featuring the legendary Jay-Z, feels like an attempt to take pop music back to days when class, finesse, style, and dapperness reigned...and I'm okay with that.

When I first hit play, I was nervous when I heard slowed down introduction of the song. I felt that JT was trying to cash in on the current sound that artists like A$AP Rocky, Kid Cudi, and others have capitalized on over the last few years. But then the song kicked in.


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Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

Okay okay... you certainly have the right to your views... and i understand what you are saying.. although i do beg to differ that for many people what they listen to or what they think is "cool" or what they do... is a following the leader mentality often controlled by corporations that mass feed to them what they want.... you, personally, may not be that way but for many it's all they know... cheers mate...

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Indeed, Alex. I want to clarify that I didn't write the piece we've been discussing -- but it's been a fun discussion regardless.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

That makes sense -- but I think his first two albums were blue-eyed soul gems, and I'm expecting more goodness from the new one. Music's kind of like beer for me. I very much enjoy a tasty, well-crafted microbrew, but sometimes I want a Tecate or Coors, you know? Sometimes I want "depth and sincerity" in a record, other times I'm okay with witty lyrics, good hooks, and tight songwriting. I'm not going to listen to JT the same way I listen to Steve Reich or something, but why should I? I think this song is great, and it doesn't bother me that a lot of other people -- not "sheep," by the way -- enjoy it.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

enjoyed the discussion at any rate... look forward to your next posted piece ... i guess we agree to disagree on Timberlake and this particular work : o )

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

You may be right, and it may be could be done better hard to say... and i'm not sure, haven't checked on who composed this piece in actuality... but... i guess alot of my issue is with Timberlake himself and not really being convinced of his own depth or sincerity as an artist... maybe it's that he is more of a performer than an artist... where i have the issue.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

I enjoy grittier analog soul music too. Very much so -- but a good song is a good song. If this was performed by Charles Bradley, Raphael Saddiq, Cody ChesnuTT, or Lee Fields would it become a "better" song? I dunno. I might enjoy the take more, I might not. But I think it's an airtight composition. Good hook, great vocal, snappy horns.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

the horns are a nice touch though...

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

i can hear why you like his vocals... but for me i just don't hear any real emotion in him...

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

I agree some just wouldn't be open to it as a discussion...

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

Well i do agree with you on Jay-Z, i'm not sure why the desire to always mix these two genre's to the degree that it is currently being done... beyond that i don't trust how much clean up was done on the vocals... and i think the production on the music doesn't sound real either.. i think, for me real soul music, should be performed by real people and it sound very digitally produced... i think we should be using digital recording with more analog techniques in the studio.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Discussing music is very fun. I like to respond.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

I think Justin Timberlake sings very well without any technological assistance, and I have no idea how his soul is any less "real" than another artist. Seriously -- what about the song do you dislike? Is it Jay-Z's listless rap? I could do without that too.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

i appreciate your responses by the way and openness to discussing this... some wouldn't even do that despite our disagreeing on this performer, thank you for that

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

by the way not saying real soul music is bad in any way... just don't think we get alot of "real" soul music... at least not in the mainstream...

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

What's unfortunate is people don't even need to be able to actually sing now... just fix it in production...

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

Can fool alot of people with the technology nowadays... Timberlake just wanted to be Michael J anyway.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Yeah, I just think it's a really well produced, well sung, excellent pop song. You've clearly put much more thought into it than me.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

Especially in this day and age where the industry is so poorly run.... really good "artists" get lost in the shuffle all the time... while well not so good one's make it.... merely having a large following doesn't make it good.... although i agree many of them will think they miss him....

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

Yes, people have been "fooled" into liking soul and R&B music. Thank you for correcting my long held belief that people generally enjoy melodic pop music with a good backbeat.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

Well millions have been fooled into liking a lot of things... doesn't make them good just because sheep follow a shepherd doesn't make the shepherd a good shepherd

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

I think the millions of people who like her, buy her music, and attend her concerts might? I dunno, just a logical assumption on my part.

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

not my point.... saying the world would miss him being around is like saying the world would miss Lady Gaga... it wouldn't

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

The link should spell it out pretty clearly, right ????????

Alex Mineff
Alex Mineff

who is it that's missed him exactly ?

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