20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake

JT_The_20_20_Experience_Album_Small-399x399Title: 20/20 Experience

Artist: Justin Timberlake


Publication Date: 2013

Genre: Pop

Reading Level/Interest Age: 15 and up

Plot: Justin Timberlake’s most recently released album is the 20/20 Experience and he woos the crowd with his high tuned vocals.  He’s collaborated with artists like Jay-Z to bring a different new style to his songs. With the help of a few notable producers, Timberlake has released an album that will have his fans bobbing their heads to the soulful tunes of this newly released album.

Critical Evaluation: Some of the lyrics from the songs in this album can seem to be slightly racy to young listeners. However, there are symbolic meanings to these metaphors. One example in particular is the song called “Pusher Girl” where Timberlake is singing about pushing the drug (also symbolizing the girl) through his veins. The girl and the drug is explained to be one in the same and that being high on the girl/drug is an amazing experience.

Reader’s Annotation: Justin Timberlake brings soft tones and melodic harmonies to the listener and will not disappoint the fans.

Author: Based on information from Wikipedia, Justin Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee. He first appeared on television shows Star Search and The New Mickey Mouse Club. Later in the 1990s, he joined the popular boy band ‘N Sync and released three albums that were loved by all the fans. After the boy group broke up, Timberlake was able to produce his own music and released his Justified album in 2002 and then his second album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006.  Each album had multiple hit singles that reached high in the Billboard charts.

Shortly after this, Timberlake focused films and acting where he starred in Bad Teacher, In Time, Friends with Benefits, and the Academy Award nominated film Social Network. In 2013, Timberlake resumed his music career with his third and fourth albums The 20/20 Experience and The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2. The former became one of the best-selling records of the year and spawned hits “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors”, while the latter is preceded by lead single “Take Back the Night”. Timberlake’s work has earned him six Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards.

Curriculum Ties: N/A

Booktalking Ideas: N/A

Challenging Issues:

  • Explicit language

Defensive Maneuvers:

  • I would be sure to study and memorize the library’s collection policy.
  • The Library Bill of Rights must also be brought to the challenger’s attention stating that the library is an information institution that provides both information and ideas.
  • Have both good and bad reviews (from respected sources) about the book at hand.
  • Remember to mention the awards and honors that the item has received.
  • Be sure to listen to the person who is challenging the book and do not interrupt them while they are speaking. Try to understand where the patron is coming from when he or she states their concerns about the material.
  • When you respond to the challenger, have a calm and respectable tone informing them that the library must do all that it can to provide intellectual freedom to its patrons, young and old.

Why This Album? I have been a fan ever since the ‘N Sync days and I feel that many will fall in love with his music as much as I do. His songs are very catchy and you will not be able to help but rock your head to his meaningful tunes.


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