Epic track follows JT's comeback performance at the Grammy Awards.
Justin Timberlake has released another new song from his highly anticipated third album, capping off a night that also included a performance at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards as well as a comeback set at the Palladium in Los Angeles. "Mirrors," an eight-minute track produced by Timbaland, is now available on iTunes .
Unlike the compact new single "Suit & Tie," which radiates old-school swagger (thanks in part to a Jay-Z guest verse), "Mirrors" is a vulnerable epic that recalls the aching tone and transformative structure of "Futuresex/LoveSounds" highlight "What Goes Around..." At the 5:35 mark, the expansive strings and pounding rhythm evaporates as Timberlake strips away all pretense to croon to his soulmate. "Now you're the inspiration of this precious song, and I just wanna see your face light up, since you put me on/So now I say goodbye to the old me, it's already gone/And I can't wait wait wait wait wait to get you home," Timberlake sings above piano flourishes and a scrambled vocal sample.
"Mirrors" was not trotted out for Timberlake's much-ballyhooed return to the Grammy stage: instead, JT performed a big-band version of "Suit & Tie," with Jay-Z jumping onstage for his rap verse, and then debuted the rhythmic "Pusher Love Girl" on his lonesome. "Pusher Love Girl" is the lead track on "The 20/20 Experience," due out Mar. 19 on RCA Records, while "Mirror" is track No. 9 on the 10-song standard edition.
Timberlake's performance at the Grammys and at the Palladium was preceded by a one-off show last Saturday (Feb. 2) in New Orleans, where he debuted new music during Super Bowl weekend. During the Grammys telecast, Timberlake appeared in a Target commercial where it was revealed that the Target edition of "The 20/20 Experience" would include two additional tracks.
Before his Grammys performance, Timberlake told Ryan Seacrest that "We're definitely gonna go on tour" during E!'s pre-show coverage of the awards ceremony. The pop singer was mum about details of an upcoming trek, which would be the first since his run supporting 2006's "FutureSex/Lovesounds."
- Pop