The 20/20 Experience

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
Critic Score
Based on 31 reviews
2013 Ratings: #362 / 960
User Score
Based on 502 ratings
2013 Ratings: #166
March 19, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
Paste

Just like FutureSex before it, this innovative, sonically dazzling album sounds like it was beamed in from several years in the future—2020 sounds about right.

85
Beats Per Minute

Frank Ocean might have a gutsier pen game–and Usher more moves and Miguel more sex appeal–but 20/20 is easier to fall into a groove with than any of the best contemporary pop/R&B albums out right now.

84
Pitchfork

Like Beyoncé, Timberlake is looking to put himself above the fray of those pushing boom-boom beats to quick, repetitive, and oftentimes-numbing hits.

80
musicOMH

For some 20/20 may be difficult to digest, but Timberlake’s aspiration and vision really can’t be faulted. He is this generation’s crossover artist, no doubt.

80
The 405

It's probably going to end up as the defining pop album of 2013. In many ways, it's bold and experimental, but at its core, it's pure Timberlake.

80
Consequence of Sound

20/20 succeeds because it’s groove-based, which is to say, it’s neither pop-based nor logic-based.

80
HipHopDX

There is enough oomph for the youngins, yet a defined maturity that proves Timberlake’s overstanding of eventually aging out of the capricious sect of R&B.

80
Spin

Much has been made of the album's length, but Timberlake and Timbaland prove to have more than enough ingenuity to make it worth our while.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

The 20/20 Experience is confused, sloppy, frustrating, too safe, a let-down. Timberlake’s lyrics are laughable. The album begs to be edited. While these observations hold true – at least part of the time – there remains another, incontrovertible, truth: 20/20 is a total blast.

75
A.V. Club

20/20 is a statement album, one that succeeds more often than it fails, but occasionally buckles under the weight of its ambition, which is grander that its flimsy thematic contents are capable of sustaining over the long haul.

75
Under The Radar

While it may be a little overlong at nearly an hour and a half, there are influences from 40-odd years of pop music expertly melted together by a master craftsman to create an album of consistently brilliant songs. 

70
Drowned in Sound

It’s a little too self-indulgent – the 'serious' work of a man who’s starred in an Oscar-winning film, rather than the energetic pop of a successful boyband escapee, but there’s no doubt he’s still got it.

70
No Ripcord

With the exception of the single Mirrors, which seems best suited for a supermarket checkout line, The 20/20 Experience is an absolutely delicious guilty pleasure.

60
FACT Magazine

The 20/20 Experience is an album that will only grow with repeated listens, and is an apt if slightly underwhelming addition to his story so far.

60
NME

In 2013 JT’s on that marriage and luxury bath shit and while it’s a good listen, every song drags.

50
Tiny Mix Tapes

On 20/20, the Timberlake/Timbaland team seems content to set up a basic (and more often than not, bland) hook, repeat it ad infinitum, and tack on some superfluous bits until the desired, bloated end product comes into being. 

50
AllMusic

A pleasant and grown but tedious release from a charismatic entertainer and exceptional vocal arranger who is not a great recording artist.

50
The Needle Drop
Justin Timberlake continues to show more ambition than the average pop artist with song lengths and structures, but longer tracks hardly make up for thin production and even thinner lyrics.
40
PopMatters

Even with his boundary-pushing songs and numerous (and often fascinating) interludes, he is still only a somewhat decent songwriter, and it’s Timbaland who winds up picking a lot of JT’s slack

exception
83
after 7 years, JT finally releases new music... and it was great. as always, the vocals supplied were outstanding, but the production was on another level. Timbaland outdid himself with this one. although not all of the songs were great, they all had perfect production. there were some awesome radio hits (mirrors, suit and tie) along with cutesy love ballads (strawberry bubblegum, blue ocean floor). almost all of the songs could have been cut by 2-3 minutes, but i'm not gonna complain ... read more
KengojiUltamYT
90
I was wrong about an album part 5 or something!

The 20/20 Experience is a polarizing album. The long song lengths can be overwhelming. The bridge at 5 minutes into "Tunnel Vision" is one of the most insane mixes ive ever heard In a pop song. OK NO MORE BEATING AROUND THE BUSH. I HAVENT SAID SHIT BUT IMMA GET TO THE POINT. This album would be a STRONG 9 or a 10 if "Mirrors" was not on the album. "Mirrors" is a song that I have hated since the first time I heard it ... read more
RakkSmells
75
While some of the tracks on this project are unnecessarily drawn-out or uninspired, the high points are truly high (e.g. Pusher Love Girls, Blue Ocean Floor) The production is grand, the songs are... well... very long (the shortest song is about 5 minutes) and it does show Justin can make some truly great jams when he puts his mind to them.

favourite tracks: Pusher Love Girl, Don't Hold The Wall, Mirrors, Blue Ocean Floor
least favourite: That Girl

Summary: NEAT STUFF-GREAT
dyelir
85
Listen, if you thought Justin Timberlake was going to settle with arguably the most forward-thinking pop album of the aughts and call his career good and just pursue acting, you underestimated him. This isn't as harrowing as FutureSex/LoveSounds, but the 20/20 Experience is still an r&b-leaning pop record willing to please the masses by valuing PG-13 marriage and partnership more than Justin's horny sophomore effort.
aaron
85
This record married soul and pop in a manner, I hadn't experienced, tied together as a decadent love-affair which evently shaked off its concept coils and became the record "Timberland" seemed to guide it into, production plays the biggest role here, as the album flows in a way, I hadn't seen before with say the exception of Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die".

The concept mentioned held the first three tracks of the record in a weird space which is stunningly juxtaposed when ... read more
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Track List

  1. Pusher Love Girl
  2. Suit & Tie feat. Jay-Z
  3. Don’t Hold the Wall
  4. Strawberry Bubblegum
  5. Tunnel Vision
  6. Spaceship Coup
  7. That Girl
  8. Let the Groove Get In
  9. Mirrors
  10. Blue Ocean Floor
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