The ‘bringer back of sexy,’ Justin Timberlake released his newest single “Suit & Tie” on Tuesday. His characteristic blue-eyed croon is heard over an old-school flavored Timbaland beat, reuniting the acclaimed duo again since Timberlake’s last ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ album in 2006. This new single is reminiscent of some Bee Gees moments, some poppier R. Kelly hooks, at times Hall and Oates and all with healthy dose of early-Motown.
“We don’t mind all the watching/ cause if they study close, real close / they might learn something,” sings Timberlake in a snazzy falsetto. “As long as I’ve got my suit and tie, I’mma leave it off on the floor tonight.” I think he means that his shirt and tie combination gives him the confidence and motivation to become the center of attention on the dance floor.
Jay-Z half-asses a verse in a beat-change towards the end of the song. Slowing it down for a quick minute, reprising the opening sequence, Timbaland’s drums and bass orchestration really sinks deep. In fact, it is the song’s production that deserves the most attention, providing the longest lasting appeal for listeners and making it ‘break-down’ worthy for those active on the dance floor. The Alice Coltrane-esque piano runs make for an awesome looping phrase over tight snare hits and synth bass. Well done, Timbaland, you have yet again killed it.
The song is a first glimpse into JT’s upcoming ‘The 20/20 Experience,’ due out this year. Overall, I’m into it. What do you think?