[29] Justin Timberlake, ‘SexyBack’


You have to admire the Trousersnake chutzpah. Ex-boyband clothes horses shouldn’t be able to swagger over to the cred side, and then there’s the aplomb with which he did it: Justified was convincing enough as a first foray; FutureSexLoveSounds was so surefooted you could believe Justin had pimped since the pram.

SexyBack isn’t really about wild melodic invention, just a groove that has to move. Real schmoove. Timbaland is the brains, but Timberlake is the big lusty balls.

Junior says: “It’s funny, especially at the start. And your dancing.” Can’t say fairer than that.

Best bit: “V.I.P.” All slack picked up, not that there was much in the first place.

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