On First Album Cover in Seven Years, Justin Timberlake Gets Weirdly Literal

Justin TimberlakeOn Wednesday night, Justin Timberlake — a.k.a. The Returning Savior of Pop Music (for Grown-Ups) — tweeted out “I wanted you guys to see this first!!! #albumcover #tracklist,” along with a corresponding link to said album cover and tracklist. First thing’s first: Does this guy know how to use hashtags, or what? More importantly, Justin Timberlake’s first album cover in the seven years since FutureSex/LoveSounds is here.



As you may previously recall, the album’s called The 20/20 Experience. Logically, then, the album cover features our dude JT, b’suited and impeccably fresh, getting his eyes examined. Wait, wait, wait, wait. Why is he getting his eyes examined? It’s not like he needs a new eyeglasses prescription: He has 20/20 vision! One possible explanation: Timberlake, so proud and thankful for said 20/20 vision, hits up the optometrist on a regular basis, just to once again hear about his 20/20 vision, or at least to monitor any possible regression in his 20/20 vision. It’s either that, or this one was taken right before the optometrist told him about his 20/20 vision.

OK, now the tracklist:


As Vulture points out, Jay-Z’s not credited on “Suit & Tie,” so that probably means whatever other guests are on the album aren’t being revealed just yet either. Instead, we get a delirious feast of song titles to feast our eyes on, almost all suggesting intimacy or dance-floor workouts or romantic getaways or maybe just sex in a spaceship coupe: “Strawberry Bubblegum,” “Let the Groove Get In,” “Blue Ocean Floor,” “Spaceship Coupe” … And then there’s “Mirrors” — barring any further disclosures, we’ll just have to assume that one details an afternoon with Jessica Biel browsing reasonably priced home goods at Bed Bath & Beyond. Anyway: This drops March 19! Get psyched!

Filed Under: Justin Timberlake, Music News, The 20/20 Experience

Amos Barshad has written for New York Magazine, Spin, GQ, XXL, and the Arkansas Times. He is a staff writer for Grantland.

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