20. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2
Leave it to Justin Timberlake to follow up an impressive, if rather lengthy and glossy, comeback LP with an album that’s longer, glossier, and fiercely unsexy. Outtake albums nearly always suck — let Amnesiac be the rare exception — but 2 of 2 is almost concerning in its pointlessness: the songs are not only hookless and cloying, but drag on forever, as Timberlake finds himself incapable of resisting the four-minute outro (which worked rather well on, say, “Mirrors”). That’s not to mention lyrical flops like “If you’re looking for your animal/ Hop in my cage” and cringey acoustic fodder that arrives in the form of the hidden “Pair of Wings”. But 2 of 2‘s most troubling offense is how it soils the legacy of The 20/20 Experience for years to come.
Saving grace? As far as vampire sex romps go, “True Blood” is five years too late and three minutes too long — and irresistibly catchy nonetheless.