|By Matt Jones||Tuesday, 16 Jan 2007|
I have to admit, this is my guiltiest of pleasures since Kelly Clarkson’s Since U Been Gone. This CD has been in my CD player wherever I have been for the last three days…and I still can’t get enough.
1. Future Sex/Love Sound
3. Sexy Ladies
4. My Love
5. Love Stoned
6. What Goes Around
7. Chop Me Up
8. Damn Girl
9. Summer Love
10. Until the End of Time
11. Losing My Way
12. All Over Again (Another Song)
Now, my issues with this CD is two fold.
First, Songs 1-7 and 9-11 are all produced by Timbaland, and they flow together really well. You start getting that overarching feel of an album…and then song 8 comes in. This is the whole “singles” problem, where you don’t look at an album as a whole, but simply as a collection of singles. I’m putting all the blame on Timberlake for this one, as he is the executive producer on the album. I’m not saying that song 8 or song 12 are bad (they are produced by will.i.am and Rick Rubin, respectively, btw), it’s just that when you get into the Timbaland and Timberlake mood, hearing something completely different throws things off BIG TIME. It would be like Snoop Dogg finishing up Doggystyle and saying, “You know, I really like this whole Dre thing I got going, but I’m gonna throw some Lil John songs in for good measure, he’s a good producer!”
Second, for someone who “had his heart broken” by Britney and has now done TWO songs about it (“Cry Me a River” from Justified and now “What Goes Around…”), you’d think that Justin would lay off the whole “I’m gonna take your girl” thing. But no, he definitely has lines about watching your back if your girl is around him, because she’d go for him. I mean, what the fuck man? You can’t talk about how much you were in love with one girl and she cheated on you and it kills you, and then start turning around and threatening the same action, you fucking hypocrite.
A few more side notes to mention (aka Director’s Cut from the Shizz review Bonus Features!):
There are some weird preludes that really really REALLY make certain songs good, but they are in the song tracks in a really annoying way. Example: Let Me Talk to You (Prelude) is directly related to Song #4, My Love. HOWEVER, it is the latter half of Sexy Ladies and not it’s own track number. This kind of makes things a little odd, because the reason for doing this is pretty obvious (making the song tracks equally lengthy, all around 5-6 minutes), but the preludes are attached to the wrong songs. If they really wanted to keep the tracks as singles, but also include the preludes, they should have made the preludes their own tracks…really would have made it easier to jump into the preludes if you wanted to hear them along with the songs they relate to instead of having to listen to a song you might not want to (only really applies to Sexy Ladies, because Summer Love has a prelude and Summer Love is an awesome song).
-There are also interludes that REALLY make the songs good, especially track 5, LoveStoned (Best track on the album), and they are in the song tracks that they are related to, so they work fine.
-Before I tell you the must hear tracks, I’ll let you know that I typically listen to this album at work, and thanks to the ability to skip songs, I typically take out songs 6, 8, 11 and 12. It keeps it bumping and moving along and takes out the kinda crappy songs and the songs that are produced by someone other than Timbaland. Anyway, still a damn catchy CD. I’d pick it up…oh, wait, already did.
3. Summer Love
4. My Love
5. Chop Me Up
(Remember kids, stealing music is wrong. Either borrow the album from a friend or buy it yourself!*)
*Skip’s dad works for the record industry, so forgive him for being a corporate shill.