January 15, 2013 at 9:38 AM
After taking a six-year hiatus from his music career, Justin Timberlake is back and better than ever with his new single “Suit & Tie.”
The release of the single coincided with Timberlake’s announcement via an open letter to his fans that he will release a new album, “The 20/20 Experience,” later this year.
Although Timberlake has enjoyed success in his acting and producing career, it is nice to see him back to doing what he does best –– singing.
While not as catchy as past Timberlake songs, “Suit & Tie” has a very smooth, almost hypnotic sound that works well with Timberlake’s smooth falsetto. The up-tempo track heavily features horns and harps in the background, which provides a refreshing twist on the typical R&B style.
The lyrics, in typical Timberlake fashion, are not exactly philosophical. As the title would suggest, the song is quite literally about putting on a suit and a tie and showing off on the dance floor.
The song starts off slowly, but after a mysterious voice asks, “Are you ready JT?”, Timberlake kicks it into high gear.
With lines such as “I can’t wait to get you on the floor, good-looking” and
“As long as I got my suit and tie, imma leave it all on the floor tonight”, this song is perfect to listen to while getting ready to go out for the night.
The song abruptly transitions from Timberlake’s vocals into an unexpected verse from Jay-Z near the end of the song. The rap seems a little bit out of place, but it is hard to complain when two powerhouse artists such as Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake come together for something like this.
If this single is any indication of what the rest of Timberlake’s album will be like, fans are in for a long-awaited treat.