First came “Suit & Tie.” It was awesome for two reasons: the Jay-Z feature and for dropping on a random Sunday night in January after a long musical silence from JT. The single was packaged with news that a full-length LP, titled The 20/20 Experience, was due in March. Next, “Pusher Love Girl” and “That Girl” touched down thanks to amateur videos grabbed at a pre-Super Bowl party. Timberlake’s live show was boasting an organic big band ensemble — think lots of horns! — and a classy, vintage elegance.
“Mirrors” isn’t just another song. At about 8 minutes, the love song is layered with a Timbaland-produced wall of sound, but its strength is in JT’s Neo Blue-Eyed Soul delivery of the catchy lyrics. “I don’t want to lose you now. I’m looking right at the other half of me,” he croons more like a pop singer than a R&B guy, putting a wider space between him and the likes of Robin Thicke.
This man is making a SERIOUS comeback. The 20/20 Experienceis in stores March 19. Listen to “Mirrors” below.