Because one Justin Timberlake album per year is never enough.
As if to make up for the years we spent without even a single drop of new Justin Timberlake tunes to carry us through (otherwise known as The Great Timberfamine), the President of Pop (not sure how it started, just go with it) is back with The 20/20 Experience -- 2 of 2, his second 2013 album and second installment to his ridiculously successful, record-breaking original 20/20 Experience. (Need a refresher? Try our GIF-by-GIF review of part one!)
Teaming up once again with his trusty collaborators Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon and Timbaland -- hey, might as well keep it cohesive -- the follow-up record keeps Justin grooving into the night (and subsequently taking it back) above Timba's beatboxing and mad scientist urban-pop beats. Had a problem with the length of the tracks on the first record? #SorryBoutIt: The album's even longer this time around, with songs clocking in at around 5 to 11 minutes. (Gulp!)
While the album is largely a continuation of the spacey, funkified flow from the first go-around, there are a few new sights and sounds for our listening pleasure, like the spooky touch of "True Blood" and the soulful, country twang of "Drink You Away." Unlike the delicateness of tracks like "Mirrors" and "Blue Ocean Floor," the lyrics on 2 of 2 get pretty gritty and dark. Oh, and there's way more sexy talk. JT was already in a frisky state of mind on the first installment, but this time? He's a downright dirty freak.
Since words are useless (especially sentences), we're trekking through the album track-by-track with the help of nature's greatest visual indicator of emotion: GIFs! And who better to critique JT's album than... well, JT himself? Let's do this.
1.) "GIMME WHAT I DON'T KNOW (I WANT)"
Justin kicks off the collection with a tantalizing slice of funky seduction. "Come here, gimme what I don't know... I want," he commands above Timba's chugging beat, twinkling bells and dirty bass licks. There's a lot of talk about jungles and cages and teeth, which makes this all quite animalistic and carnal and seductive and -- oh, would you look at that? All of my clothes just fell off.
2.) "TRUE BLOOD"
Justin's evidently quite excited for Halloween, because his glitchy, murder-minded "True Blood" is all sorts of horror-themed fun. The song's all about a girl (OR A GHOUL, AMIRITE?) on the prowl, and the descriptors are pretty spooky: Demons? Spirits? Vampires? It's basically a theme song for "American Horror Story" just waiting to happen.
Then again, there are also some sick dance breaks. (There's plenty of time for that... the song's 9 minutes long, after all!) It's like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" crossed with Britney Spears' "Scary" -- except 9 minutes long. Watch out for your neck, JT!
Check out the rest of our track-by-track review in GIFs after the jump.