“Suit & Tie” may have left you feeling cold, but perhaps Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z‘s performance of the single at the Grammys tonight made you warm up to the track? No? Well, if it’s more “traditional,” pop-leaning JT you’re craving — something straight out of 2006 with a mid-tempo Timbaland beat and layers of slick production — then try on new The 20/20 Experience jam “Mirrors.”
The string-laden cut starts off with triumphant-sounding synths before a familiar drum loop kicks in. (We hear you, “What Goes Around… Comes Around”!) And then there’s the buoyant chorus, which has Timberlake harmonizing with himself via multi-tracked vocals, lamenting, “I don’t wanna lose you now, I’m looking right back at the other half of me!”
Hear “Mirrors” below.
Justin Timberlake — ”Mirrors”
Clocking in at over eight minutes, “Mirrors” also recalls Justin’s epic FutureSex/LoveSounds single “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” — except this is even longer than that one. The song just keeps going, and going, and going, almost wiping out any bad taste “Suit & Tie” initially left. (Though, we admit, the latter is sort of growing on us. Sort of.)
A classic Timbaland breakdown, complete with alien-esque, distorted vocal samples kicks in around 5:34. That said, overall, “Mirrors” sounds much more polished than the majority of the producer’s output from the last seven years.
Upon the third listen of this, we can’t help wondering: Are we hearing the epic moment off The 20/20 Experience, over a month before the album drops? Or, dare we think it, maybe it’s just one of several such highlights.