"The 20/20 Experience"
Release Date: March 19
After conquering pop music with a highly sexual, fashionably futuristic album in 2006, Timberlake returns in a more relaxed form, with a new palette of musical shades. Despite the reunion of Timberlake and "FutureSex/LoveSounds" producer Timbaland, "The 20/20 Experience" isn't a sequel as much as a document of growth, crystallized within the medium of classic soul. The propulsive moans and aggressive come-ons of "SexyBack" have been traded for big-band brass, creeping bass and open-hearted professions of love on songs like "That Girl," "Mirrors" and "Tunnel Vision." JT has always been a vocal force, but the album's main accomplishment is the expansion of his vision: The set is nearly guest-free, and tracks often run past the seven-minute mark. One of the year's most-anticipated releases is also one of pop's weirdest--and most fully realized--efforts in ages.