GraceSassaman, Staff Reporter
Justin Timberlake recently released an album for the first time in five years, entitled “Man of the Woods.” Fans have been patiently awaiting this release because of Timberlake’s fame for originality, shown by his earliest hits such as “Cry Me a River” and “Rock Your Body.” These have followed him throughout his career, allowing him to maintain a reputation of individuality.
His new album approaches music in a different way, as he segues from solely pop production and reverts back to his more Southern and natural roots. The album cover art is a graphic design edit of Timberlake wearing a jeans and flannel combo and segmented ripped picture of him in a classy black suit.
Timberlake didn’t sing the album all by himself, though; two of the featured songs, “Morning Light” and “Say Something” feature the pop singer Alicia Keys and country star Chris Stapleton, respectively. Another song, “Young Man,” features the cooing of his toddler, which has been a heart-warming hit among fans as Timberlake offers some fatherly advice and encouragement to his son and admires his wife’s ability to be a loving mother. So far, the biggest hit from the new album is titled “Filthy,” which incorporates his usual pop style.
However, not everyone is pleased with Timberlake’s release. Some claim that he’s overreaching to find a new style which is causing him to look like a poser. Tais Ferreira (SR) says, “This album sucks.” Perhaps Timberlake has maxed out in his success because his older releases were just too good!
Nadia Dowlatkhah (SR) joked, “Justin Timberlake has only been camping once.” Some fans think it’s cheesy for a multimillionaire superstar to claim an earthy lifestyle when he’s truly living lavishly. Others say that this album is another mindless release. Timberlake has been accused in the past of using others for individual profit, so there is a collection of people who are hesitant to nosedive into his work until his motives are fully understood.
Still, his songs are a hit among others. The feature “Flannel” is an acoustic hymn about his love for soft plaid shirts.
Ultimately, though, Timberlake’s release will be hugely successful and he will make millions off of it. Instead of producing his album with the electronic vision of pop music, Justin Timberlake’s album, “Man of the Woods” relies on the sounds and genres of funk, country, soul and even gospel.