Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" Reminds Us Why We've Missed Him So Much
Immediately, I felt like I was back in 2005, when artistic producers like the Neptunes and Timbaland dominated the radio with soulful jingles and easy-to-learn hooks. Timberlake's vocal tone sounds a little deeper than what we are used to, but that's to be expected. Dude's getting older, and his voice is sounding more refined.
Producer Timbaland doesn't make any great strides forward production-wise, as he's sort of been on auto pilot the last few years. But there's nothing like this on the radio right now, and perhaps Timberlake knows it.
Featuring brilliant live instrumentation and an infectious chorus, this song was designed for the grown person trying to get their swerve on in the club. While a Jay-Z appearance on anything is almost considered universally cool, I feel like his addition to the song should have been saved for a remix; it's simply not needed.
"Suit and Tie" is a much needed breath of fresh air in mainstream music: an eye opener from a pro displaying that so much pop music on the radio sucks now. There was time, not too long ago, when songs like these were all over the radio and television. With Justin slated to drop his new album, The 20/20 Experience, later this year, it seems that he is aiming to bring back a much needed sense of class to the music business, which we will welcome with open arms.