Justin Timberlake makes a bold move with “Man of Woods”
Justin Timberlake released his fifth studio album, â€śMan of the Woods,â€ť a mix of country, R&B and pop music. â€śMan of the Woodsâ€ť features 16 tracks, each a blend of natural and rustic feels. The album is inspired by Timberlakeâ€™s family and named after his son, Silas, which means â€śof the woods.â€ť In â€śMan of the Woods,â€ť Timberlake collaborates with artists such as Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton, which provides a diversity in voice throughout the songs.
Starting off with a rock track, the albumâ€™s first song, â€śFilthy,â€ť has a futuristic vibe, containing techno-pop sounds and Timberlakeâ€™s falsetto voice. The little screams, breathing and the roar of a lion that can be heard in the background adds to the overall beat and grabs the audienceâ€™s attention. Dramatically different from the other tracks on the album, â€śFilthyâ€ť does not keep to the folksy theme of the overall album.
The transitions between some songs such as â€śFilthyâ€ť and â€śMidnight Summer Jamâ€ť are abrupt and confusing because of the change of tempo from slow to fast, making the albumâ€™s direction and beat unpredictable.
In contrast to the electronic beats in â€śFilthyâ€ť, â€śSay Somethingâ€ť describes how Timberlake does not want to be bothered by drama but still wants to say what needs to be said. The song has an upbeat tempo and is Timberlakeâ€™s first official collaboration with country singer Chris Stapleton. The meaningful lyrics are accompanied by Timberlake and Stapletonâ€™s harmonious vocals.
Timberlakeâ€™s combination of country and pop is reminiscent of his Tennessee roots and reveals his diverse music style. â€śMan of the Woodsâ€ť displays Timberlakeâ€™s personal life through an album that attempts to connect contemporary genres together. â€śMan of the Woodsâ€ť has some hits that are a must-listen. Even though it is not my favorite album from him, it was nice to hear a change in his music: integration of a country twist.
By Alison Ho, Staff writer
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