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20/20 - The 20/20 Experience - Netflix
The 20/20 Experience is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake. It was released on March 15, 2013, by RCA Records, as the follow-up to his second studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). It is considered the first half of a two-piece project, later being supplemented by his fourth studio album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 (2013). The record incorporates neo soul styles with elements of older soul music; its lyrics discuss themes of romance and sex. Production is handled by Timbaland, Timberlake, who also serves as the album's executive producer, and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, with Rob Knox contributing to the album's deluxe edition. The 20/20 Experience received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised its organic sound and hailed it as a significant pop release. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 968,000 copies – the biggest sales week of the year, becoming Timberlake's second number one album on the chart and best-selling debut week of his solo career. The 20/20 Experience became the best-selling album of 2013 in the US, making it the Billboard Year-End number-one album. The album also became Timberlake's third consecutive number-one record in the United Kingdom, topped the charts in various other countries and set a digital sales record for being the fastest-selling album on the iTunes Store. As of July 2014, joint sales of The 20/20 Experience with 2 of 2 stands at six million copies globally. Three singles have been released from The 20/20 Experience. Its lead single, “Suit & Tie”, peaked within the top five in several countries worldwide, and reached number three in the US. The album's second single, “Mirrors”, reached number one in the UK and two in the US. Timberlake embarked on the Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour with Jay-Z to further promote the album, as well as The 20/20 Experience World Tour. The album, as part of the compilation The 20/20 Experience – The Complete Experience, was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Vocal Album. “Suit and Tie” and “Pusher Love Girl” won for Best Music Video and Best R&B Song, respectively.
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The 20/20 Experience received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 75, based on 39 reviews. Sputnikmusic's Sobhi Youssef called it “expertly” written and produced, and cited it as a “profound manifestation” of recent innovations in R&B. Mikael Wood of the Los Angeles Times found its elaborate structures ambitious in the vein of Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Michael Jackson. Andy Gill of The Independent called it “diversely enjoyable” and viewed Timbaland's production as solid, albeit not innovative. Jody Rosen, writing for Rolling Stone, said that, although it lacks songs as immediate as Timberlake's previous hits, the album's multidimensional music eventually “sinks its teeth in, even on the wooziest songs.” Jordan Sargent of Spin called it a “sonic wonder” and said that the songs are ingenious enough to justify their lengths. Pitchfork's Ryan Dombal commended Timberlake for “shamelessly extol[ing] the joys of music and marriage”, and viewed the album as more ambitious than his 2002 debut album Justified and more consistent than FutureSex/LoveSounds. Kitty Empire, writing for The Observer, found it mostly “terrific – lush and quirky too”, with silly, respectable homages to Prince. Helen Brown of The Daily Telegraph said that the music feels both grandiose and intimate, and that Timberlake makes up for his thin voice with “yearning charisma and sly timing to sell every swoon.” Genevieve Koski of The A.V. Club called the album “an exercise in sophisticated sexiness” and complimented Timberlake's “preternatural assuredness”, viewing that his “skilled” performance rectifies the calculated production. However, some reviewers criticized the album's lyrics. Alexis Petridis of The Guardian felt that the album's adventurous music is marred by Timberlake's lyrics, which he called “porny” and “awful”. George Morahan of State called them banal and dismissed most of the music as “a protracted exploration of rhythm” that Timberlake and Timbaland are too familiar with. Slant Magazine's Eric Henderson wrote that they overembellished “rehashed” musical ideas, “turning each B+ potential single into a C- epic.” AllMusic's Andy Kellman said that “few songs are dynamic enough to justify their length” on a refined, but bloated album. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times panned it as an “amiable, anodyne album” with little variation and seven-minute songs that masquerade as “artistry”. Siân Rowe of NME viewed that Frank Ocean and Miguel are “doing better R&B jams in under four minutes.”
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