Justin Timberlake Performs “Only When I Walk Away” & “Pair Of Wings” On ‘SNL’: Watch

Dec 21st, 2013 // 2 Comments
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Justin Timberlake‘s first musical performance on Saturday Night Live tonight (December 21) was 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2 standout “Only When I Walk Away.” For the first time in quite some time, he wasn’t joined by the Tennessee Kids on stage, instead appearing in front of a massive projection of his face and surrounded by lasers. It was a strikingly modern presentation compared to the restrained retro aesthetic he’s been flaunting for the majority of the year, and it totally worked.

And then he went in the complete opposite direction for his second song, the utterly maudlin, completely flaccid album closer “Pair Of Wings.” It sounded pretty or whatever, but it was a huge letdown after the invigorating energy he brought the first time around.

Watch “Only When I Walk Away” up top, then try to stay awake through “Pair Of Wings” below.

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  1. Jovon

    Only When I Walk Away had a ton of vocal effects on JT’s voice, and he needed to pick a song that actually showed that he had vocal talent. If he did, say, TKO with the plethora of background vocals, people would have said, “Oh, JT can’t sing live, that’s why he didn’t do anything alone!” Pair of Wings was a surprising choice and the best of any song on 2 of 2.

  2. MJ

    Loved his second song !!! beautiful !!!!

    Loved the melody !!!

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