Justin Timberlake‘s been away from music for awhile now (over six years to be exact), so when he announced his comeback, it’s needless to say that he turned a few heads. Now that we have our first taste though, it seems a little bitter. With the first single off of his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, it seems clear that JT is still just shaking the rust off and trying to acclimate himself to this new age of music. “Suit & Tie” brings together some diverse sounds, starting things off with a slowed down, chopped-and-screwed chorus, before resurrecting some of the old Timberlake experience we’re used to. The eclectic and occasionally hectic instrumental was crafted by frequent collaborator Timbaland, with Jay-Z adding in a pretty solid verse as well to wrap things up. Overall, the song doesn’t live up to its expectations, though it might never have in any form. Regardless, we’re all still excited to see what Timberlake has for us in 2013 and welcome him back to the music business. Hopefully, he’ll be able to duplicate the same success he had years ago that had us all pining for his return.
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