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The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake

The 20/20 Experience

Third solo album of R&B pop from the ever-popular musician, actor and all round household name

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
RCA
UK Release date
18/03/2013
US Release date
19/03/2013
  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The touchstones here are Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Miami Sound Machine, Shuggie Otis... and Timbaland's own past
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  2. 9.5 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Review 1: Immaculately and exuberantly crafted (9.4/10). Review 2: A turning point in mainstream pop (10/10). Review 3: It never stops being admirable (9/10)
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  3. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Though his output has waned in the last six years, Timbaland’s beats are still built to last and his statement of relevance on 20/20 is emphatic
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  4. 8.5 |   Paste Magazine

    This innovative, sonically dazzling album sounds like it was beamed in from several years in the future — 2020 sounds about right
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  5. 8.4 |   Pitchfork

    He's got enough notoriety and loyalty to be able to challenge his audience without alienating them
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    In many ways, it's bold and experimental, but at its core, it's pure Timberlake
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  7. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    20/20 succeeds because it’s groove-based, which is to say, it’s neither pop-based nor logic-based
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  8. 8.0 |   Prefix

    There’s a cornucopia of sounds that definitely needs some time to be digested, but when it finally is – it’s an absolutely satisfying experience
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  9. 8.0 |   Entertainment.ie

    Cool and classy pop music at its best
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  10. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    It feels at once sleek, spacious and expensive, but relaxed and intimate
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  11. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Justin Timberlake’s first album in almost seven years feels like a real event
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  12. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    A charismatic and effortlessly appealing singer, dancer and showman
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  13. 8.0 |   The Independent

    There's no notable weakness about the album
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  14. 8.0 |   music OMH

    The 20/20 Experience shows the pop album isn’t dead
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  15. 8.0 |   The Observer

    It is, very often, terrific – lush and quirky
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  16. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It may not be as mind blowing as FutureSex…. But, frankly, what is?
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  17. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    20/20 is a total blast. You have to hand it to Justin Timberlake. Few pop artists have the skill and bravery to make such a stunning mess
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  18. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    While it may be a little overlong at nearly an hour and a half, there are influences from 40-odd years of pop music expertly melted together by a master craftsman to create an album of consistently brilliant songs
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  19. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    It’s as easy to like as Timberlake himself; but also like Timberlake, it’s defined by a certain shrewdness, a whiff of calculation that makes it impossible to separate the performer and the performance
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  20. 7.0 |   No Ripcord

    This is a pretty damn good album. It’s conceptual, fully realized, and tongue-in-cheek seductive
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  21. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Whilst it in no way compares with the leap in ambition we saw between his first two albums, The 20/20 Experience is nonetheless another interesting inter-genre move, this time into alternative R&B and neo-soul
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  22. 6.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    The album itself doesn’t quite reach the sharp, perfect coherence that Timberlake was clearly aiming for
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  23. 6.0 |   NME

    Best enjoyed with some time on your hands and a very active sex life
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  24. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    There is so much promise here, but the pointless, patience-trying extension of most of these songs is ultimately what holds this album back
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  25. 6.0 |   Fact

    Takes few real risks and at points ends up wobbling on a steep, self-congratulatory edge
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  26. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    Sounds more like a sleek remix album, immaculately produced throughout by Timbaland and J-Roc, but Timberlake is at least to be admired for aspiring rather than conforming
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  27. 6.0 |   State

    The majority of The 20/20 Experience attempts a grand deconstruction of its own most popular, base elements in a protracted exploration of rhythm that Timberlake and Timbaland are all too keen on
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  28. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Despite its flaws, The 20/20 Experience is a genuinely adventurous pop album in a world of will-this-do?
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  29. 5.0 |   BBC

    A slew of special effects, but little else
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  30. 5.0 |   All Music

    A charismatic entertainer and exceptional vocal arranger who is not a great recording artist
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  31. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    More often than not, The 20/20 Experience's either chameleonic or unfocused tracks speak poorly of an icon now constantly on the lookout for his next great cross-promotional opportunity
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  32. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    Timberlake brought sexy back in 2006, but it would have been nice if he could have brought it with him this time
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  33. 4.0 |   PopMatters

    Utterly remarkable how short-sighted the songs are on an album that’s called The 20/20 Experience
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