Introduction

Justin Timberlake is making a comeback with new music. He went from the lead singer of a boy band (*NSYNC) to a more mature individual artist, working with top producers and other chart-topping artists. It was his solo material that caught my attention. In particular, his work with Timbaland and The Neptunes are the most memorable.

His latest single, “Suit & Tie”, is another single produced by the musical mastermind, Timbaland. With his upbeat song and mainstream popularity, I’m sure you’ve heard it more than once.  I’m worried it will be so overplayed that people will ignore it and dismiss JT as a “love song guy”.  He’s a really talented person.

Essentially, the song’s lyrics is about being handsome and well-dressed. The song’s mood is a combination of R&B, swing, jazz and a distorted tempo.

Listening

You need good headphones!

Many songs played on the radio are not played through good quality speakers.

Most of the times when I’ve heard it is out of a radio speaker which isn’t exactly the best way to listen to sound.  The only sounds people hear in Suit & Tie is the drum, radar blip and the horns.  There is more to the song that those instruments and people really miss out when people listen through lower-quality speakers.  I’m not saying there’s obnoxious bass notes like “A Milli”.  There’s a lot of high-frequency sounds, guitar riffs, stereo-panning bass drums, and other sounds that complement the track.  It’s not just this song; there are millions of songs that should be listened to with headphones or just make sure really good external speakers are used.

It’s not expensive either. There’s no need to buy any insanely-expensive audiophile headphones. It’s just a matter of research and making sure it has a decent audio range (e.g. 20 to 20,000 Hz).

Conclusion

I’m glad to see that Justin Timberlake is returning to the music scene. I just hope the song doesn’t get overplayed and that he doesn’t get slapped into the typecast of the “long song guy”. I like his exotic beats in his tracks, particularly with producers Timbaland and The Neptunes. Many people miss the foreground and background audio and really deserve a pair of good headphones.

Links
Justin Timberlake – Last Night (produced by The Neptunes)