Let's anticipate Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods...?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVU-MmJZFFA

https://www.theringer.com/music/2018/1/2/16841108/justin-timberlake-man-of-the-woods-album-announcement

It's like, wild West, but... now, y'know?

In any case, I'd like some new Timberlake, so I guess it's time to get hyped.

DJI, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:50 (three months ago) Permalink

Huh. Didn't like his last couple - maybe I never heard them all the way? - but looking forward to this.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:52 (three months ago) Permalink

I saw from Timbaland re: the new Timberlake: "The music we just made?" Timbaland says, shaking his head. "It's gonna put him on another plateau." Was he in that video? Just saw Pharrell.

(BTW, had no idea Timbaland was struggling with pain pills, which he supposedly starting taking in his 30s to deal with nerve issues he suffered after getting shot as a teen. Might explain Timbo's erratic output for a while there.)

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

"Can't Stop the Feeling!" has become an inextricable part of watching my nieces grow -- it's blasted at every event

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Well, it's called "Can't Stop the Feeling," right?

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:04 (three months ago) Permalink

man the nostalgia

https://youtu.be/sR9UwFwVPPw

goole, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 21:40 (three months ago) Permalink

I haven’t even listened to his latest album but if Timbaland is back to form, this could be interesting.
It’s a pity Timbo kinda lost it since the mid 00 or something. Especially when you consider all the things Pharrell has done in these 10y +...
I didn’t know he had drugs issues though. Good for him that he kicked them.

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 09:15 (three months ago) Permalink

that Rolling Stone article linked says Timbaland having a pretty brutal oxycontin habit for most of the 00s (and seemed insightful about the transition in the music world from the trope of the drug dealer who hustles & makes money to the drug user who Has Big Fun)

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 13:41 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA-NDZb29I4

no idea what to make of this, if anything the weirdly dated wubs + rock bridge & intro remind me of "madness" by muse? at least it isn't 8 minutes

ufo, Friday, 5 January 2018 06:38 (three months ago) Permalink

look what we made him do

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 5 January 2018 06:39 (three months ago) Permalink

Aw that stadium rock thing is horrible. The rest sounds like an irritating sexy funk jam. Not a good start for this new album.

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 January 2018 09:52 (three months ago) Permalink

it's a bit of a mess that track, and despite not kicking in for a good minute and a half, ends up being a little slight and boring

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:30 (three months ago) Permalink

those wubs really don't help the track much. if you're going to revive brostep 3 years too early, at least do something interesting with it?

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Friday, 5 January 2018 10:36 (three months ago) Permalink

feels like an attempt to make a Prince b-side. pleasant enough jam though imo

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 5 January 2018 11:35 (three months ago) Permalink

I like it fine. Won't dread it.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 January 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

it appears justin timberlake has accidentally posted a twitter comedian's setlist parody, what a terrible mistake

MOTW https://t.co/oydnUMzBE8 pic.twitter.com/24vYbTachJ

— Justin Timberlake (@jtimberlake) January 5, 2018

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:24 (three months ago) Permalink

also I just had a horrific thought that A.K. and C.S. stand for Alison Krauss and Chris Stapleton

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:37 (three months ago) Permalink

The CS does stand for Chris Stapleton, but the AK is Alicia Keys.

MarkoP, Friday, 5 January 2018 16:45 (three months ago) Permalink

even worse

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 5 January 2018 16:50 (three months ago) Permalink

"Flannel" by Justin Timberlake
"Flannel" by Justin Timberlake
"Flannel" by Justin Timberlake

Roz, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:09 (three months ago) Permalink

at least 16 tracks means he's probably cut down on the codas this time

ufo, Friday, 5 January 2018 17:16 (three months ago) Permalink

also I just had a horrific thought that A.K. and C.S. stand for Alison Krauss and Chris Stapleton

― algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, January 5, 2018 9:37 AM (forty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

The CS does stand for Chris Stapleton, but the AK is Alicia Keys.

― MarkoP, Friday, January 5, 2018 9:45 AM (thirty-one minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

even worse

― algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, January 5, 2018 9:50 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol i went through this whole dynamic in my own head when i read the tracklisting

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:18 (three months ago) Permalink

i assume "breeze off the pond"/"livin' off the land"/"the hard stuff" is his extremely personal song cycle about choppin' wood

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:19 (three months ago) Permalink

Not a great song, but remember when he was talking about listening to Dirty Mind all the time, and then the subsequent album had no trace of that? At least this sounds plausibly like JT & Timbo taking some inspiration from early Prince.

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

always remember: "Alicia Keys" and "even worse" go hand in hand.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 5 January 2018 17:24 (three months ago) Permalink

Ahah that tracklist...
Maybe it’s a joke album in the same spirit as « Dick in a box » ? (actually I have difficulty listening to his « sexy » songs without thinking about his sketches...).

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 January 2018 18:04 (three months ago) Permalink

ticks in a box

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 5 January 2018 18:43 (three months ago) Permalink

he made the box himself

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 5 January 2018 18:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Also the big revelation from that RS piece is that Timbaland produces at home on Ableton now

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 5 January 2018 18:50 (three months ago) Permalink

feels like an attempt to make a Prince b-side. pleasant enough jam though imo

― she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, January 5, 2018 5:35 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

haha yeah like an unreleased track from Planet Earth

Joan Digimon (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 5 January 2018 19:11 (three months ago) Permalink

Filthy might be half decent when it's finished.

piscesx, Friday, 5 January 2018 19:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Disappointed he didn’t cover « Knock On Wood » on the album. Maybe as a b-side!

AlXTC from Paris, Friday, 5 January 2018 23:29 (three months ago) Permalink

especially after that horrendous trailer i was ready to completely dismiss this entire project, call it "man of the whites" and so forth, but i have to admit to rather liking "filthy"! of course it's his previous track record and industry clout that permits him to do this, but it's nice to see someone who tends to aim right down the middle go for something at least somewhat audacious -- he could have easily just dropped a track with 3.5 minutes of moaning in a thin falsetto the way at least one up-and-coming twink imitator at top 40 is currently doing to modest success. there are interesting touches both in the backing track and in his vocal so i imagine i'll be coming back to it for a little while at least.

(the full album could still turn out to be abysmal. i haven't liked most of his music since futuresex/lovesounds.)

dyl, Friday, 5 January 2018 23:45 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4vnmgZLA8s

the follow up is just as confusing

ufo, Thursday, 18 January 2018 14:48 (three months ago) Permalink

maybe jt is a prepper

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:41 (three months ago) Permalink

JT clearly loves Black Mirror.

dinnerboat, Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:45 (three months ago) Permalink

so are we out of the woods?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:46 (three months ago) Permalink

So JT is the unabomber now?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Thursday, 18 January 2018 15:50 (three months ago) Permalink

lmao what the actual fuck is this

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 19 January 2018 05:44 (three months ago) Permalink

i dont dislike this

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Friday, 19 January 2018 05:56 (three months ago) Permalink

these videos are v v Trenchant Social Commentary tho lol

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Friday, 19 January 2018 05:56 (three months ago) Permalink

This is better than "Filthy" but my god that video is... something.

Roz, Friday, 19 January 2018 12:31 (three months ago) Permalink

I fear the WTFness of the video is distracting us from how lifeless and mediocre the song is.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Friday, 19 January 2018 15:59 (three months ago) Permalink

let it be clear, the "what the actual fuck is this" also referred to the quality of the song

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 19 January 2018 16:04 (three months ago) Permalink

the WTFness of the song meant i still haven't really taken in just how bad the video is yet

ufo, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:45 (three months ago) Permalink

his dancing is really shit in the video too. isn't he usually a pretty good dancer? everything about this is so fake and stupid, the choreography, the styling, the Trenchant Social Commentary. it's clearly all top-down imposed and nothing to do with JT, despite what he says in the trailer video. It just seems very confused, he's talking about bringing it back home and trudging through the fields in a big woolen cape (styling error!) and now we get this mess which seems completely disconnected from the supposed theme.

is that sequins or rhinestones around the edge of his hoodie, because WHAT

also wtf was the budget for that shit video?

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 19 January 2018 17:56 (three months ago) Permalink

JT acting like he’s giving some sort of woke message on the video while the lyrics are sex and then he’s there gettig it on with Eiza Glz (who does look insanely sexy in the video tbh) but then there’s that kid saying “wake up” and then there’s all the faux rural/hipster/indie/ aesthetic for the album... I don’t know what he’s trying to say but I’m hating it.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 19 January 2018 22:11 (three months ago) Permalink

I dug the main groove - felt like a Timbaland loop pedal jam. The bridge was weak. The video looked very expensive.

DJI, Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:41 (three months ago) Permalink

i assume "breeze off the pond"/"livin' off the land"/"the hard stuff" is his extremely personal song cycle about choppin' wood

It’s like side 2 of Hounds of Love but in a forest.

... (Eazy), Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:58 (three months ago) Permalink

if you were dragging Justin Timberlake for the past few weeks I don't really see how a reheated clip show (the best-case scenario for most Super Bowl halftime shows, realistically) could be expected to win you over

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:08 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't really see how a reheated clip show (the best-case scenario for most Super Bowl halftime shows, realistically)

that's what i'm saying, i just don't really understand what the point of complaining about the super bowl halftime show is, outside of the shark wackiness it didn't seem that far off from katie perry imo which everyone seemed to think was so great

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:13 (two months ago) Permalink

complaining about things is americas actual pastime

fgti spinner (Spottie), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:14 (two months ago) Permalink

maybe it should be the halftime show from now on

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink

people thought Katy Perry was great?

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:15 (two months ago) Permalink

i thought her halftime show was

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:17 (two months ago) Permalink

she was pretty good but the shark made it

fgti spinner (Spottie), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:26 (two months ago) Permalink

the show is always just as much about the spectacle as it is the performer tho so I include them all as a package deal

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, 5 February 2018 19:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Katy was great. my memory is fuzzy but when she rode ... something? ... way up into the air singing Roar, I think? that was awesome!

alpine static, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:57 (two months ago) Permalink

^^^ lol i have an identical half-formed memory of that

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink

xp maura I didn’t really notice how bad the vocals were, they sounded fine to me but there was some crosstalk at my watch party so maybe it warrants rescreening. everyone I watched with thought the choreography was solid tho, and I personally thought the song selection was on point. like UMS said above, I guess I just don’t know what people are looking for in a halftime show if that was bad

k3vin k., Monday, 5 February 2018 20:12 (two months ago) Permalink

right, this is kind of the point of the halftime shows......?

k3vin k., Monday, 5 February 2018 20:14 (two months ago) Permalink

oops that was an xp to this:


the show is always just as much about the spectacle as it is the performer tho so I include them all as a package deal

― Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, February 5, 2018 2:28 PM (forty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

k3vin k., Monday, 5 February 2018 20:15 (two months ago) Permalink

xxxp that nytimes piece was indeed probably written before the show, yet at the same time is pretty much otm. Especially when highlighting how Janet Jackson was vilified and JT can go about like nothing happened.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I do find it weird when people get rockist about a Super Bowl halftime show. I think the Black Eyed Peas one was the only recent one I considered completely terrible.

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:24 (two months ago) Permalink

The Who were pretty bad

frogbs, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:26 (two months ago) Permalink

i watched with a music savvy crowd on a tv with a nice soundsystem
that said the “it’s supposed to be background noise” argument is a ... strange one? jt’s voice and the mixing itself was bad, and it was noticeable even in the context of the telecast

maura, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:28 (two months ago) Permalink

People generally like JT, he's had a lot of hits (both solo and with a group), he's a modest singer but a very good performer, and he's had decades of experience entertaining huge crowds. That he had all of that going for him and was still pretty indifferently received indicates something was not firing right, technical or otherwise. Not enough spectacle? Played it too safe? The fundamental thin-ness of pop without enough distractions (costumes, explosions, choreography)? Something like that. Doesn't help that as much as I like a lot of his stuff, very little JT is particularly exciting, let alone rousing. Probably why stuff like Mirrors and the Trolls song did so well. They're more conventionally anthemic, though that is probably too strong a word.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:45 (two months ago) Permalink

agree with all that ^ but everyone remember "we" exist in a bubble, no matter who you watched it with. 90% of norm women/kids absolutely loved it, 75% of norm men rolled their eyes and wanted "real" music and 25% of norm men did the whole "i can't believe i'm going to say this but i think the guy is very talented and seems like a cool dude" thing to contrast the eye-rollers.

alpine static, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

the scores of millions of people who loved it aren't in yr twitter timeline

alpine static, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:51 (two months ago) Permalink

we had about 15 kids (12 and under) watching it and they were all like "this is weird / lame" "i dont like this who is this" and then 'cant stop the feeling' came on....

fgti spinner (Spottie), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:54 (two months ago) Permalink

my 1 year old girl was rocking back and forth the whole time, my 3 year old boy paid no attention at all

I think y'all are on to something here

frogbs, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried to convince my 3 yr old to watch cuz "there are people dancing, you like people dancing" she was non-plussed and demanded we watch whatever she wanted to watch.

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:04 (two months ago) Permalink

i watched with a music savvy crowd on a tv with a nice soundsystem
that said the “it’s supposed to be background noise” argument is a ... strange one? jt’s voice and the mixing itself was bad, and it was noticeable even in the context of the telecast

― maura, Monday, February 5, 2018 2:28 PM (thirty-five minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Vocals sounded weird/bad to me but I was unclear if it was on purpose or a bad mix or what

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

Usually in these sorts of situations where I assume there are scads of professionals working on it when stuff sounds weird to me I just think its me and not that it's bad or mistake

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:09 (two months ago) Permalink

What are you going to believe, your ears, or science?

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:14 (two months ago) Permalink

I assume all terrible sounds are aesthetic choices

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 5 February 2018 21:31 (two months ago) Permalink

man of the woods title track is some looney tunes shit, what the f was he thinking

kolakube (Ross), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 06:01 (two months ago) Permalink

eheh, exactly !
Why not for a cartoon ost or something but on an album (and more so a supposedly "serious/spiritual/whatever" album)...

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 08:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I got suppli-yiii-yiiiiieees

Hi diddley dee, hen fapper's life for me (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 17:54 (two months ago) Permalink

"supplies": because "Carry Out" wasn't bizarre and strained enough a metaphor

algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

how many jt songs are extremely strained metaphors. i relistened to 20/20 the other week and as far as i can tell it's almost all of them

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 19:14 (two months ago) Permalink

lol i forgot about "carry out"

dyl, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 23:31 (two months ago) Permalink

i relistened to 20/20 the other week

congrats: if you can prove you finished it I'll nominate you for a Nobel.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 6 February 2018 23:46 (two months ago) Permalink

da lex on j-tim.

https://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/is-justin-timberlake-losing-his-way-1.701958

scott seward, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 23:58 (two months ago) Permalink

what i wrote on lex FB. which is probably totally wrong but i kinda would have liked to see all-in faux-cowboy JT for some reason. i think it was that village people handkerchief that made me wish for it:

Scott Seward "if he really wanted to get woodsy he should have made a big pop-country album with huge nashville hitmakers handing him hooks for days and a smash duet with t-swift that premiered AT the halftime show. would have been the biggest seller of the year in the u.s."

scott seward, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:01 (two months ago) Permalink

i agree with you there. somewhere along the way whatever message he meant to come with got muddled.

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:02 (two months ago) Permalink

"say something" isn't horrible; maybe shoulda just done an album of duets with Stapleton if he wanted to be in this lane?

Chocolate-covered gummy bears? Not ruling those lil' guys out. (ulysses), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:31 (two months ago) Permalink

i can't imagine Timberlake's voice over a country-ass country song

vicious almond beliefs (crüt), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 00:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I have this feeling he just does not care that much anymore. There's some good songs in there, but even these good songs leave me with the impression another younger/hungrier artist would have made it better.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 01:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Perhaps he should go the Charli route and release mixtapes of shit he really cares about. This whole album with a concept thing just seem so heavy on him.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 01:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Also, christ, 16 songs. I know this is the streaming era, but please edit.

Van Horn Street, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 01:07 (two months ago) Permalink

if i was ever a recording artist, i would release 8-song albums with 12 bonus tracks each with a 5 second sound effect from a synth preset just to goose the numbers

Men's Scarehouse - "You're gonna like the way you're shook." (m bison), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 01:25 (two months ago) Permalink

my big takeaway from watching him sing and dance in HD on a giant TV was: wow, Justin Timberlake is 37 years old

alpine static, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 05:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Tom Brady is 40.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:13 (two months ago) Permalink

Timberlake eats tomatoes, he won't make it to 40

It's not delivery, it's Adorno! (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:19 (two months ago) Permalink

probably wears sunscreen too

maura, Wednesday, 7 February 2018 16:30 (two months ago) Permalink

So I've tried to listen to more of this album.
the father/son stuff is awful, the husband/wife stuff is cringey, the looney tunes song is wtf, etc.
"Montana" which seems to be the favourite song for many people is just meh to me.
I think the only thing I enjoy is "Higher Higher". And the funky part from "Filthy" (minus some of the vocals)...
Good job JT !

AlXTC from Paris, Thursday, 8 February 2018 08:36 (two months ago) Permalink

lmao what the actual fuck is this

― algorithm is a dancer (katherine), Friday, 19 January 2018 05:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

^^ otm

ilxor, Friday, 9 February 2018 03:43 (two months ago) Permalink


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