Just in case (you can find the pun if you read those words aloud) you forgot that Justin Timberlake can actually sing…he’s chosen 2013 to remind us all. A few days ago, Timberlake put out a teaser video suggesting his return to music, sparking a flurry of speculation around the Interwebs. Then on Sunday, in an open letter to his fans via his website, he officially announced his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience, due out sometime this year.
Not wasting the proverbial spotlight, this week Timberlake released “Suit & Tie,” the first single from the upcoming record. While my personal taste leans away from this particular brand of R&B pop, I have to say this track is remarkably catchy. Produced by Timbaland (and featuring some rhymes by Jay-Z), “Suit & Tie” basically riffs over two chords for more than five minutes, moving back and forth easily between a slow hip-hop breakdown and an extremely danceable shuffle—and the whole track makes you want to don a tux (or gown, as the case may be) and go out on the town. Very smooth, Justin.