Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Art of the Album

Today we're going to talk about Justin Timberlake's new album, The 20/20 Experience.


If you have not listened to and/or purchased this album, you must. This is why... it isn't a collection of songs that are completely unrelated, bouncing from one track to another. (Read: Taylor Swift or One Direction) Instead, it is a beautiful compistion where each track flows into the next and tells a story. I swear to you, you can listen to this album and feel as if you're watching a movie. He really could have named it The Orgasmic Experience, because it is smooth & soulful with charm and heart. I have not heard music like this in a long time.

Because my husband loves JT just as much as I do, we were having a serious discussion about the album and how disgusted Eric was that people were obviously just buying certain tracks on iTunes. People don't listen to albums anymore, they just buy singles. I totally admit that I am guilty of this... but there are some exceptions to this rule. A Justin Timberlake album is one of them. Taylor Swift albums are another must buy the whole thing as well, but unlike Justin's, you can listen to the songs on shuffle and it won't make a difference. As we talked about this whole thing, we decided that Bruno Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox is an actual album. We also decided that Adele's 21 is a true album. And while we may not look like die hard Jay Z/Kanye fans... we are, and their album Watch the Throne, was an album. However... these are rare exceptions in today's musical world.

At what point did artists stop making albums & start creating songs? What happened to the art of the album? Can you imagine a world without Pink Floyd's The Wall? Music is meant to tell a story, so why are we selling it one chapter at a time....

And because it's my favorite song on the album.... here's Justin!


  1. I am definitely going to have to check this out. I've heard rave reviews from a LOT of people.

  2. Did you happen to watch the Beyonce documentary that was on HBO a few weeks ago? It was incredible and she talks about this extensively. She said she wants to be seen as an artist who puts out complete albums, not just single after single. It was so interesting because I'd never thought about it before. I think you raise a great point here. Perhaps a little JT is in my future...

  3. I have heard really good things about his album and can't wait to check it out. I love that single!

  4. Great great great post. It's so true on what you said about a collection of singles versus a true album. Folks don't really buy cds anymore because artists work for singles not albums. There are few artists who create a fantastic album. When JT put out his new CD, I went to Target to buy it. Yep, I bought a CD (flashback to the early 90s, anyone?). I haven't listened to the whole thing yet but I knew that he was an artist whose work qualified for buying a cd and not a bunch of singles.


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