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Justin Timberlake “Man of The Woods” album review

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Riley Arns, sports writer

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Man of the Woods” is Justin Timberlake’s fifth solo album and 11th studio album so my biggest fear when listening to it was whether or not Timberlake could make good music while keeping the music new and fresh. Well, he didn’t start off too hot as the first song on the album, “Filthy,” is possibly the worst Timberlake song ever. It has a beat with an unsettling electric synth sound and is paired with the hook, “all my haters gon’ say it’s fake. I guess I got my swagger back. I said, put your filthy hands all over me.” No, Justin, you don’t have your swagger back at all.

The next two songs, “Midnight Summer Jam” and “Sauce” aren’t completely awful but they aren’t anything special either. At this point I was starting to get worried that JT had lost it completely but then I found the diamond in the rough. The middle of the album contains “Man of the Woods,” “Higher Higher,” “Wave,” “Supplies,” and the best song on the album: “Morning Light featuring Alicia Keys”. All of these songs have the catchy vocals we have all become accustomed to while still offering something fresh. The last few songs on the Album, “Livin’ Off the Land,” “Breeze Off the Pond” and “Young Man” are decent and offer a good message but only appeal to Timberlake fans. This album does have a few gems but overall it isn’t anything outstanding.

 

Tracklist:

  1. Filthy
  2. Midnight Summer Jam
  3. Sauce
  4. Man of the Woods
  5. Higher Higher
  6. Wave
  7. Supplies
  8. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
  9. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
  10. Hers (interlude)
  11. Flannel
  12. Montana
  13. Breeze Off the Pond
  14. Livin’ Off the Land
  15. The Hard Stuff
  16. Young Man

 

My Rankings:

  1. Morning Light (feat. Alicia Keys)
  2. Wave
  3. Higher Higher
  4. Man of the Woods
  5. Supplies
  6. Midnight Summer Jam
  7. Say Something (feat. Chris Stapleton)
  8. Livin’ Off the Land
  9. Breeze Off the Pond
  10. The Hard Stuff
  11. Montana
  12. Young Man
  13. Flannel
  14. Sauce
  15. Filthy

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