I didn’t even know Justin Timberlake was booked to perform at The Scammys, so when my friend messaged me asking what I thought of my man’s new song, my immediate reaction was something along the lines of: “OMFG WTF HE PERFORMED GET ME THE LINK NOW CUNT!!!”
After composing myself, I settled in to watch Trousersnake’s long-awaited live comeback. In a storm of smooth moves and sweet falsetto, JT busted out the second best song of 2013, “Suit & Tie,” and a soulful new throwback called “Pusher Love Girl.” The whole thing was done in a dapper, 1920s’ style, which was perfectly fitting and appropriate for the music, but it kind of pissed me off. JT rocked a modern, avant-garde suit & tie concept for Futuresex/Lovesounds, and now he’s doing a retro, classy suit & tie concept for The 20/20 Experience. The consistency is nice, but c’mon man, put on a pair of fucking jeans for once.
Speaking of Futuresex/Lovesounds, JT followed up his Scammy performance with the digital release of a new song that sounds exactly like it could’ve come straight from his acclaimed sophomore album. From the crunchy urban-pop production to the switch into a completely different song during the final few minutes, “Mirrors” is typical 2006-era Timbaland/Timberlake. Whether or not you think that’s a good thing depends on your personal taste. If you’re happy to hear JT serve up the same kind of song that had you stanning for him six years ago, then you’ll love it, but if you want him to reinvent the musical wheel like he did with “Sexyback,” then “Mirrors” probably won’t impress you much.