Song: Pusher Love Girl
Artist: Justin Timberlake
Album: The 20/20 Experience, Vol. One
Oh Justin. When I played “Pusher Love Girl” in the car for my friend a few months ago, she said, “Oh, yeah, I forgot JT put out an album this year.” A lot of people were thrown off by “Suit and Tie,” JT’s 2013 collaboration with Jay-Z, and then “Blurred Lines” hit the radio waves this spring and, well, we know the rest. How does that happen, with a national tour and a track record like Timberlake’s?
I’m going to play laptop A&R and attribute it to single choice. There’s nothing wrong with “Suit and Tie” as a song, but a single like “Pusher Love Girl” is what we expected, and missed, from JT during the seven years since 2007’s FutureSex/LoveSounds came out. Another factor: The whole, well, experience within 20/20 Experience. Almost every song is extended, most clocking in at over seven minutes. The songs aren’t extended in a continuous house music-type way either; the second segment of each song is almost like hearing a DJ that doesn’t know how to blend go through their crates. The music is good, but you’re out of the groove. “Pusher Love Girl” is extended, but up to the 4:44 mark, it’s one of the best R&B songs to come out this year. “Don’t Hold The Wall,” “Strawberry Bubblegum” and “Let The Groove Get In” are also standouts.
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