Rolling Stone - p.863.5 stars out of 5
-- "[H]is best new tracks are thrilling....Some of the up-tempo stuff flirts with mechanical muscle-flexing..."
Rolling Stone - p.106Ranked #26
in Rolling Stone's "The Top 50 Albums Of 2006" -- "[O]ne of the year's most enduringly pleasurable hits."
Entertainment Weekly - p.70
"Superior tracks like 'LoveStoned' and 'What Comes Around,' suggest a happy middle path, where Timberlake can equally embrace Timbaland's canny beats and his own vocal helium."
Entertainment Weekly - p.128Ranked #4
in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Records Of 2006" -- "[T]he two Tims create a boldly forward-thinking soundtrack for nocturnal amusements like club cruising and rump shaking."
Q - p.122Ranked #36
in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[A] hyper-confident mix of stripped-down R&B and '80s electro soul."
Vibe - p.142
"He's still got a lithe, lovely vocal instrument and a falsetto that evokes El DeBarge."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1163 stars out of 5
-- "[The titles] leave no doubt as to the chief Timberlake brand value, and the louche synth funk and electro-flavoured R&B therein make a pretty seductive back-up argument."
Personnel: Justin Timberlake (vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, background vocals); Justin Timberlake; Timbaland (vocals, rap vocals, various instruments, keyboards, drums, programming, background vocals); Three 6 Mafia (vocals, rap vocals); will.i.am (rap vocals, keyboards, drum programming); T.I. (rap vocals); Bill Pettaway, Paul Blake, Smokey Hormel (guitar); John Wittenberg, Brian Benning, Richard Adkins , Gloria Justen, Kathleen Robertson , Michele Richards, Mari Tsumura, Mario de Le¢n, Philippa "Pip" Clarke, Jennifer Levin, Pamela Gates, Yvette Devereaux, Natalie Leggett, Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow, Josefina Vergara, Susan Chatman, Mark Cargill, Charlie Bisharat, Tereza Stanislav (violin); Davis A. Barnett (viola, cello); Cameron Patrick, Patrick Morgan, Matthew Funes, Nancy Stein-Ross, Michele Nardone, Ernest Ehrhardt, Jimbo Ross, Giovanna Clayton , Peggy Baldwin, Darrin McCann, Andrew Duckles (viola); Timothy Landauer, Jenny DLorenzo, Suzie Katayama (cello); Jeff Clayton , Valarie King (flute); Salvator Cracchiolo, James Ford (trumpet); Clarence McDonald (organ); James Gadson (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Timbaland; Jimmy Doublass; Jimmy Douglass; Andrew Scheps; Serban Ghenea.
Recording information: Akademi Mathematique Of Philisophical Sound Research, L; Arch Angel Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Conway Studios, Hollywood, CA; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; The Document Room, Malibu, CA; The Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Thomas Crown Studio, Virginia Beach, VA.
Photographer: Terry Richardson.
Music critics and highbrow listeners may look down their nose at Justin Timberlake, doubting that the celebrated former N'Sync leader is good for more than light, frothy dance-pop. Timberlakes's sophomore effort, FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS, should make both camps rethink that stance. While the album certainly sets out to entertain, it's also full of ambitious, well-constructed grooves that prove the superstar is serious about getting down and dirty. The album steps up the Michael Jackson-influenced sound of JUSTIFIED by delving deeper into club music, hip-hop, and funk, creating a bumping, writhing soundtrack for a set of songs unabashedly about sex.
Timberlake spared no expense recruiting some of the best producers on the scene. Beatmaker extraordinaire Timbaland is a primary collaborator, and his experimental stutter-funk landscapes make for the album's best moments (the title track, for example, or the spare, driving lead-off single "Sexyback"). Early Prince is a major touchstone for much of the disc, but Timberlake also draws on rolling, Dirty South jams ("Chop Me Up") and smooth, urban-contemporary loverman R&B ("My Love"). Its obsession with the bedroom notwithstanding, FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS shows Timberlake moving toward an exciting musical maturity.