Pop music is rife with clunky sexual metaphors (Lady Gaga
‘s ride on the disco stick, 50 Cent
‘s visit to the candy shop, 98 Degrees
‘ mic check
, Flo Rida
to name but a few recent examples). You may even remember the urban legend that every Dave Matthews Band
song was actually about sex, a theory that likely made you either love or hate the band even more. Well, that’s sort of the theme with Justin Timberlake
‘s The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2
, the lustfulness of which comes as sort of a shock after JT played the comfy romantic in (most of) 1 Of 2
. This time around, he employs pop’s oldest trick at every turn, chronicling his carnal desires via a bevy of analogies (some of them song length), including: a PG version of Trent Reznor
‘s desire to “fuck you like an animal” on “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” a thirst for your blood inspired by the horny vampires on True Blood
, plus “Murder,” which is about dying to have sex (I think?).
Of course, Timberlake has done this before. On Volume 1′s “Pusher Love Girl,” love was literally a form of heroin or cocaine. And on “Strawberry Bubblegum,” Timberlake likened his partner’s and his own nether regions, respectively, to pink gum and a blueberry lollipop (do blueberry lollipops even exist?). Whether you think these sexual colloquialisms are awesomely bad or just plain bad, there’s no denying it’s all part of an enlightening and odd lyrical crutch JT has adopted during his regal comeback.
Below, we’ve listed all the things sex is like, according to lyrics from both volumes of The 20/20 Experience. Time to separate the boys and girls and chuckle through sex ed. More »