Justin Timberlake's new album could soon have a sequel. According to one of the singer's collaborators, Timberlake will release part two of The 20/20 Experience before the end of the year.
"20/20 Vol 2 comes out in Nov." Thus spake ?uestlove, the hip-hop maestro who spent all of last week performing with Timberlake on US TV. "Spoiler alert," he wrote on the music messageboard Okayplayer, "10 songs now, 10 songs later = 20 vision)."
The bombshell came as part of ?uestlove's response to a New York Times review of The 20/20 Experience. Critic Jon Caramanica called Timberlake's musical comeback "amiable" and "anodyne", "an album of largely inconsequential beauty". After another Okayplayer poster said that Timberlake had been "ethered" (ie knocked out) by Caramanica's write-up, the Roots' drummer replied: "This is hardly ether … it's constructive criticism."
"I will say the album is OVERLY ambitious. Like a LOT of ideas crammed into one," ?uestlove wrote. "I admire the balls it took." He complimented Timberlake's use of slower BPMs, and the way he cultivated a "throwback" sound – encouraging Timbaland, his producer, to return to the style of his early records with Missy Elliott and Magoo.
"Justin said he wanted [Timbaland] to 'get back in his real zone' even if it meant alienating the tweens born after '86 who never ever heard of the Sly, Slick and Wicked," ?uestlove explained. He compared Timberlake's decision with that of Michael Jackson, who dumped producer Quincy Jones to make Dangerous with Teddy Riley, as well as with Usher, whose career has seen a renaissance through his work with Diplo. "[Justin] coulda easily [Usher'd] his work in and made Diplo his Teddy Riley to 20/20's Dangerous instead of sticking with Timb's Quincy," he said. "[But Justin] was like, 'Why do we put all of our power in the hands of 18-year-olds? I wanted to make a joint that 40-year-olds would love too.'"