The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2013 Ratings: #883 / 959
User Score
Based on 216 ratings
2013 Ratings: #409
September 30, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Pretty Much Amazing

The album sounds instantly familiar, though never stale, and frankly it’s a joy to hear Timberlake and Timbaland rediscover the giddy chemistry that made FutureSex/LoveSongs a contemporary pop milestone.

83
A.V. Club

Timberlake reined in his musical vision just enough to make this album more focused and engaging—but didn’t lose sight of his desire to take chances.

75
Paste

With seven years between projects, someone so wildly creative had more to say, play, explore. 2 of 2 takes grooves deeper, lyrics freakier, the format hotter.

70
PopMatters

The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) is quite the step up from the first part. Even when it plunges into excess—which it does quite often—the basic pop structures underneath remain far more compelling than anything off of Part One. 

60
Spin

With its insistence on aggressive polyrhythm and bumping bass, 2 of 2 is most certainly a funky record, but it's hardly a deeply soulful one. 

60
HipHopDX

Had these 11 tracks been presented like they were B-sides or rarities, it may not have been as detrimental but they were offered up as a continuation to an album that didn’t need a part two in the first place.

60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Pared down and stripped to its primal rudiments, the latest Timberlake saga could have been something truly epic; instead, it just feels unnecessarily immense.

50
Consequence of Sound

The indulgence that fit the designer Suits & Ties of Pt. 1 colors this record’s jungle sex openings and hidden “Hey There Delilah” endings, and it hamstrings an otherwise great singer into making a mediocre record.

45
Pitchfork

The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is not only superfluous, it actually erases some of the gains made by its predecessor as it plays into the worst trappings of self-indulgence.

40
AllMusic

The second half is a laborious crawl, a variety of glorified and slow bonus tracks.

40
NME

With the average track length clocking in around six minutes, '…2 Of 2' drags on like a hostage saga.

20
Drowned in Sound

2 of 2, then, is an incredibly frustrating experience. It shouldn't be. Timberlake is better than C and D-grade material. 

asjklas
45
Any disappointment on The 20/20 Experience is on complete display—written in neon colors—on its sequel, 2 of 2. It’s overlong, repetitive, and tedious, the lack of catchiness or genuine experimentation doesn’t justify an album that’s at least 20 minutes longer than it should be. Besides “True Blood”, one of the only highlights that could’ve worked just as well on 2 of 2’s predecessor, everything here works as a B-side at best and at worse, ... read more
aaron
40
If the 20/20 Experience was the most surprisingly good album of 2013 (What a fucking year in music)

This is the most disappointing, just ew.
NR
Claiming that the first 2013 album is good is only reasonable. Claiming that this one is good too is crazy.
dyelir
49
The songs in this half of the full experience are much longer than they should be. Unlike with 1 of 2, The beats are washed up and drag along for minutes on end, leaving you begging for them to stop. Cabaret (despite a Drake guest spot) and True Blood some up the sleazy attitude the album has. In the preluding disc, Justin Timberlake was content with his woman, embracing her and loving her but here he is pursuing women, a lot less interesting of a love story.
Gustavowaves
88
Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want) / 7
True Blood / 6
Cabaret / 8
TKO / 10
Take Back the Night / 9
Murder / 8
Drink You Away / 9
You Got It On / 8
Amnesia / 8
Only When I Walk Away / 7
Not A Bad Thing / 10
Blindness / 8
Electric Lady / 8
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Track List

  1. Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want)
  2. True Blood
  3. Cabaret 
  4. TKO 
  5. Take Back the Night 
  6. Murder 
  7. Drink You Away
  8. You Got It On
  9. Amnesia
  10. Only When I Walk Away
  11. Not A Bad Thing
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