Justin Timberlake released the first single off of his new album "The 20/20 Experience" called "Suit & Tie" yesterday. He has been making quite a lot of news revolving around his return to music, from cryptic tweets with a date and time which coincided with a Youtube video of him announcing his return to music to now this song release. It has already reached number one on the iTunes charts, no thanks to the notoriety around his return and that it features legend Jay-Z on it.
The song definitely follows what JT has done over the past two albums in that it blends a good deal of R&B and hip-hop in it. The problem is that thing song is immensely underwhelming and not a good lead off song for his future effort. This would've been better as a third or even fourth release. "Sexyback" off of "Future Sex Love Sounds" and "Like I Love You" off of "Justified" followed a similar format just with better results. He continues to work with Timbaland on this, a smart move which has payed off in the past for him, but there is just something about this song that feels off.
The song also is quite raunchy for even a Justin song which he never really delved into before. References to a girls rear end with the line "So thick, now I know why they call it a fatty" to "Go ahead and show em who you call daddy" is quite suggestive for the recently married man. Jay's part is tight, nothing really of a shock here, and saves the song five minute plus song in the end. Besides that, it is a decent effort over something that many are considering to be his year. The other issue here is that he took seven years off to pursue other things such as acting. That is fine and all, but when you make two massive first efforts as a solo act after being apart of one of the biggest boy bands of all time, you have to understand that the pressure to deliver almost a decade later is huge. This first track doesn't, so I am hoping the next ones do so.
You be the judge, buy it off iTunes and sound off!