ACC, Toronto - August 20, 2007

Justin Timberlake plays before a sold-out crowd, his second this year, at the Air Canada Centre...

Justin Timberlake plays before a sold-out crowd, his second this year, at the Air Canada Centre last night. (Dave Thomas, Sun Media)

JASON MACNEIL -- Special to Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:40 AM ET

TORONTO - Say what you want about Justin Timberlake, he certainly can get a lot out of two solo albums.

The former 'NSync heartthrob and now uber pop star made another trek to Toronto's Air Canada Centre last night before a sold-out crowd. And while the set itself was identical to damn near every other show he's done on his current world tour, the two-hour-plus show has plenty of eye candy to keep even the casual fan interested.

Timberlake, who recently taped two shows at New York's Madison Square Garden for an upcoming HBO special, opened the show with FutureSex/LoveSound off his 2006 sophomore effort FutureSex/LoveSounds, backed by seven musicians and nearly a dozen dancers. Looking quite dapper despite the white sneakers, Timberlake made a grand entrance as he rose from the centre of a rather impressive, multi-layered stage to the shrieks and shrills of females dominating the audience.

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"How you doing tonight, Toronto?" Timberlake asked following the upbeat Like I Love You, which he initially strapped on an acoustic guitar for before raising a toast to the crowd soon thereafter. "There's something I realized about Canadians..." he said, prior to subtley but humorously tipping his elbow.

While the songs themselves often lean towards slower, dim-the-lights romance at times, Timberlake also has an ample supply of funk in some of his material. Following the Latin-laced Senorita, which the crowd ate up, the performer quickly went into the groove heavy Sexy Ladies that had Timberlake donning a "keytar" after showing off more dance steps.

Perhaps the biggest asset Timberlake had going for him was the state-of-the-art stage design. Although looking from high above like some dyslexic attempt at the symbol Prince used to go by, the sheer screens which showed video footage, the various risers around the stage and the bar counters around the perimeter on the floor gave it a distinct club feel.

Timberlake also worked the stage quite well, although the latter part of the first half was more of a slower affair with the ballad-ish Until the End Of Time, which led into What Goes Around...Comes Around, with the performer content to sit and play an upright piano.

Although the show was stifled somewhat by a roughly 20-minute intermission, the concert's first highlight was Chop Me Up, as producer Timbaland made an appearance prior to doing a DJ set during the downtime, which featured clips of Michael Jackson, Nelly Furtado and The Fray among others.

SCANTILY CLAD LADIES

The second half again had some low points, including the rather stale medley the began with Gone. But all was soon forgiven when two scantily clad ladies did some burlesque-like dancing during Damn Girl. Fortunately Timberlake was wise not to touch any upper body area after what happened a few years ago with Janet Jackson at that football game.

Following Losing My Way, which could have initially been mistaken for some homage to Pink Floyd's Time, Timberlake began to churn out the hits with Cry Me a River and the catchy Lovestoned. However, even they paled next to the big highlight of the evening, Sexyback, which again had Timbaland coming out.

Opening for Timberlake was punk popsters Good Charlotte. The Maryland group, touring behind their latest album Good Morning Revival, played primarily new material as well as Girls and Boys and I Just Want To Live.


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