Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience 2 of 2' next stage in singer's evolution

Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience 2 of 2

Darryl Sterdan, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:57 PM ET

After the light comes the dark. Even for Justin Timberlake. Barely seven months after making his long-awaited return to music with his fun, freewheeling and freaky-deaky 20/20 Experience, JT is back with more. But not just more of the same. The more intense 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 feels less like a sequel than the next stage in Timberlake's evolution. While the 75-minute disc was reportedly assembled from a mix of leftovers and new material -- and features the lengthy shapeshifting jams, eclectic mix of musical genres and quirky sonic squiggles and swirls of the first album -- it also carves out its own identity.

The vibe this time is sexier, more primal and urgent; the beats pump a little harder, the grooves dig a little deeper, the bpms pulse a little faster. Not surprisingly, Justin's lyrics and vocals follow suit, trading the sophisticated falsetto seductions of Suit and Tie for more hedonistic and aggressive late-night come-ons. "Give me what I don't know I want," he demands in the insistently funky opener; "Now that you got me, tell me what you're gonna do with me," he teases in the Thrilleresque True Blood, one of several cuts flecked with edgy lyrics.

Other telling titles include Murder, Amnesia, TKO and Drink You Away -- but thankfully, the album ends with two tender ballads that point back toward the light.

Even for Timberlake, it's darkest before dawn.

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darryl.sterdan@sunmedia.ca


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