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|2. Like I Love You|
|3. What You Got, (Oh No)|
|4. Take It From Here|
|5. Cry Me A River|
|6. Rock Your Body|
|7. Nothin' Else|
|8. Last Night|
|9. Still on My Brain|
|10. Take Me Now, (And She Said) - (featuring Janet Jackson)|
|11. Right For Me|
|12. Let's Take A Ride|
|13. Never Again|
The debut solo album from N Sync's Justin Timberlake. Features the single "Like I Love You" and collaborations with Janet Jackson, The Neptunes, Timbaland and more. Features the bonus track "Worthy Of", not on the USA version.
Common wisdom holds that debut albums have an autobiographical slant, so it's hard to believe that Justin Timberlake's first non-'N Sync outing doesn't purloin much of its subject matter from the singer's breakup with Britney Spears. Half the songs are about the abrupt severing of a romance and the singer's rather hard-hearted stance. Sure, he may have been the wronged party, but that doesn't excuse the inflexible emotional posture revealed in "Cry Me a River," "Never Again," and the sniping "Last Night." But Timberlake apparently thinks it does, since he christened his record Justified. He also seems to enjoy boasting about the swinging single life, with many of the songs here almost gratuitously lascivious. Asides like "I could think of a couple positions for you" from "Right for Me" and "Better have you naked by the end of this song" from "Rock Your Body" will catapult the singer right off Radio Disney. But Timberlake shines when he moonwalks into more adult terrain, turning his back on the innocent dance pop that put 'N Sync on the charts. With the help of hip-hop producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Timbaland, and P. Diddy, Timberlake has turned out a remarkably cohesive and sophisticated slice of club-friendly R&B. --Jaan Uhelszki
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The ballads are not that great to me but the dance tracks are well done. The tracks that stand out to me are "Cry Me a River", "Rock Your Body", "Senorita", "Last Night", "Still On My Brain", "What You Got (Oh No)", and "Let's Take a Ride".
Another drawback to this album is Justin Timberlake vocal pitch. In almost every song that he performed and sang, I felt as though he was searching for some form of range within his style throughout this album. He obviously had overdone the Michael Jackson-y stuff a bit much. As other reviewers have said, many of the tracks do have that trademark "Off The Wall"/"Thriller" sounds to them. Hopefully, Justin will phase out of that and found his own sound; even if it is a mixture as long he shows some form of originality. Justin Timberlake has a lot of talent and creativity and I hope he keeps up the effort.
`Justified' is a versatile production and arrangements that works extremely well and appeals to a lot of listeners. Justin had proved to be the best bet for success amongst the boy band stream and with that, I'm definitely interested in hearing his future release in order to see if he'd actually worked on those mention setbacks.
However, unlike Jackson, the subject matter of the songs sticks with one topic and one only - the object(s) of Timberlake's affection, loving 'em and leaving 'em. This is the main reason for the album's downfall, along with one of the common bonds that this album shares with 'N Sync - very little in the way of live instrumentation, although it does pop up here and there. Production from the Neptunes lends this album a veneer of credibility, but it isn't enough to salvage the weak material found here.
Let's take a look at the songs: "Like I Love You" gets off to a decent start with mariachi-inspired guitar and an infectious beat, but the lyrics bring it down: "People are so phony / Nosy 'cause they're lonely" is but one dopey couplet on this song, and Timberlake's melodramatic vocal weakens the track as well. "Rock Your Body", as has been mentioned before, is such a blatant attempt to copy MJ's "Rock With You" that copyright charges could stand in court - the difference is that the innocuous vibe of Jackson's song is replaced with typically randy, raunchy lyrics from Timberlake. Speaking of which - the lyrics on the duet with Janet Jackson, "(And She Said) Take Me Now" makes this album unacceptable for Timberlake's younger fans - smart move, alienating your core audience.Read more ›
Aside from my own rambling... hee hee... I can firmly say that I am not a Justin fan, and this album perpetuates my decision. Although there are some catchy rhymes and beats, this cd loses its shine as soon as you take the plastic wrap off of the case.
Justified kicks off with Senorita- after a few listens when you find the melody, it becomes one of the strongest tracks. Like I Love You was interesting enough and I thought that maybe this Justin guy wasn't so bad. Unfortunately 'What You Got Oh No' was the beginning of a snowball flying down the mountain to hell. It is the most god-awful song I have ever heard that gave me a bad musical flashback of Jennifer Lopez's musical slaying about Ben Affleck, 'her king'. (Or recently deposed king, rather :) and the rest of the cd followed the same pattern.
I must agree with the Justin-haters out there when I say that he's the shaved white-boy clone of Michael Jackson. The bottom line: once Justin finds his own style (e.g. singing in his actual range, original dance moves, and mannerisms) that aren't Michaels, it could be something quite good. This is a definate DO NOT BUY, but wait around and see if he comes to his senses. Talent and originality are lurking below the surface on this one.
This is a great album, I bought it the first week it came out.
Senorita--4/5 Good song, but not my favorite, I really like the intro though. Nice beat.
Like I love you-- 5/5 Its a litte old now, but I love it. I love the beginning of the song with the guitars. THE BEAT IS BANANA'S!
(Oh no) What you got--5/5 I never get tired of this song. I love the middle eastern beat and its just a really good song.
Take it from here--5/5 WOW! I love this song. Its a very nice ballod, you feel like JT is just singing this song to you. He uses his falsetto very nicely in this one. ITS HOT!
Cry me a river- 6/5 SOOOOOOOOOOOO HOT! This song is defenitly off the hook. IT SOUNDS REALLY DIFFERNET TO ANYTHING I'VE HEARD! AMAZING SONG! IM STILL NOT TIRED OF IT! ITS A BRILLIANT SONG!
Rock ur body- 5/5 It reminds me a little of ol' school Michael. This song did very well on the charts, it was #1 on the dance charts. ITS HOT! Check out the remix of rock ur body also, thats also very good.
Nothing Else--5/5 This song really stands out. The beginning of the song has a haunting beat. It reminds me of stevie wonder. ONE OF THE BEST SONGS ON THE ALBUM
Last Night--5/5 The lyrical content is pretty much the same as the other songs,but nevertheless, its a really catchy song.
Still on my brain--5/5 A beautiful ballod. I love it, Justin's voice sounds particularly strong on this song.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
One of my favourite JT albums! However, there was a little scratch on Seniority track when I received it from the mail.Published 7 months ago by Tim
I can't understand why people don't like this album. Cry Me A River, Like I love You and Rock Your Body are the best songs on the album and without New Kids on the Block- there... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2006 by Jason Hutton
Buying this album was no doubt a total mistake. This music is nothing like the stuff my mom always played, which was popular when she was my age, and I don't even like it. Read morePublished on June 24 2005 by -jul1a-
PLEASE STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS AWFUL ALBUM WHICH IS BAD BEYOND DESCRIPTION.HORRIBLE OVERRATED ALBUMS LIKE THIS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DECLINE OF THE RECORDING INDUSTRY. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
justified is one of the most overrated and overhyped albums of this millenium and i wonder under what criterion did this clown get his grammy which he did not deserve at all. Read morePublished on July 19 2004 by sanjay verma99