Team Timberlake: “FutureSex/LoveSounds changed music and cultivated an entire pop landscape. The way he exercised his vocals on that album was insane! Yeah, Timbaland played a big part, but Justified was a Pharrell collabo and it was the same. That falsetto…”
Team Belieber: “Timbaland changed music. It’s Timbaland’s genius. It’s a great album because it’s a great partnership. Put Bieber in the studio with Timbaland and you have a classic.”
Head To Head: Bieber’s given us chart-bludgeoning singles like “Baby” (from his debut My World 2.0), perfect for skating around a rink. No classic yet, but there’s time. Meanwhile, everything about FutureSex was on point, from the peculiar title to the disco art album packaging to the strangely gripping lead single “SexyBack” to the sequencing to the track transitions to the Britney slandering—shall we go on? It’s a timeless feat that sounded like nothing else out.