Despite a lengthy hiatus from the music industry, Justin Timberlake is back. The pop pioneer behind such classics as Rock Your Body and Senorita has announced the release of his upcoming album ‘The 20/20 Experience’, and the first single has been released.
For the most part the new track, “Suit and Tie” is pitch-perfect. Production credit goes to Timberlake’s long-time collaborator, Timbaland, who keeps things simple with punchy brass and a recurring, reverberating snare. Unlike on Cry Me A River, Timbaland is not sat in a car causing damage (or, indeed, leaving), but instead takes a backseat as Jay-Z steps up to power through an effortless verse in half-time.
The highlight of the song drops within the first minute. A super slow hook blasts into the frame, “I be on my suit and tie shit” is the refrain. It’s not quite as catchy as Drake’s YOLO, but nonetheless will no doubt provide the witty caption to plenteous instagram photos of school proms, weddings and graduations this year.
After half a minute or so of this lacklustre, heavy drone there’s a brief pause for breath before Timberlake whips out the tip-toe-light tone his fans have missed with the line “I… can’t… wait ‘til I get you on the floor, good lookin’”. From there on it’s a light, breezy tour-de-force in dance-floor dynamics which has unsurprisingly earned a top spot on the iTunes chart.
Words: Francis Blagburn