Song Watch: Justin Timberlake “Take Back the Night”- by Dustin Brewer

Justin Timberlake drops the fantastic first single from his upcoming second installment of “The 20/20 Experience.” Dustin lets you know why it deserves a listen.

Up until earlier this year, fans of Justin Timberlake’s have hounded him to know when he’d get back to recording music and when he announced “The 20/20 Experience,” fans were treated to a fantastic album that showed a more refined style that maintained relevance in today’s music scene, while also sounding as close to old soul music as possible, something that it seems only Timberlake can do well. The public and media ate up the album and it’s smash hits like “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors” and everyone came away knowing; when JT wants to do music, he will do it on his own terms.

Well, looks like he’s still feeling it.

Shortly after the release of “The 20/20 Experience” rumors began swirling that Timberlake had actually recorded two albums worth of material and that another release was imminent.

Last week, Timberlake released a teaser video under the heading “The 20/20 Experience Continues.” Later that same day, he released the first single from the still-untitled second album.

I give you; “Take Back the Night.”

To say this song has me excited for the next album is an understatement, “The 20/20 Experience” is one of my favorite albums this year so far and this song just put the next album near the top of my most-anticipated list.

It still clocks in at over 6 minutes, one of the complaints from “20/20” fell on the long, sometimes bloated feelings songs, but the simple groove and JT’s slick croon makes the song feel shorter than it is. Also, look at the cover for the single. Is there anything more oddly awesome looking?

The most encouraging thing about this song though, is it seems that JT is out to finally take his place as our generation’s King of Pop. Since he first went solo, fans have been waiting to anoint him the heir but he never seemed interested in coasting but instead wanted to make his own career path.

“Take Back the Night” with a beat that’s reminiscent of Michael Jackson songs like “Don’t Stop til You Get Enough” and “Rock With You” is the type of pop song that has been lost in the fight between artists to stand out the most.

Timberlake prides himself as a bit of a renaissance man and with his penchant for sexy hooks with huge, sing-along choruses, no one embodies pop music in it’s truest form better. It’s clear that Timberlake is looking to the past to inspire the music he makes now, and thankfully, he’s seeing the past with “20/20” vision.

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