In January, Justin Timberlake released a video about his über-selective music making process. "I don't know that I could physically torture myself that much year in and year out," he said. Muffin.
Funny, then, that he's just released 13 more tracks of the 20/20 Experience. The first installation, from last spring, was flabby, but at least Pusher Love Girl and Mirrors were great tunes. There are five seven-plus-minute songs this time around, and that's not cute any more. True Blood is good in the way that Everybody (Backstreet's Back) is good. But why nine minutes? And while 1 Of 2 had the old-school big-band sheen that made you long for a shoeshine and a champagne saucer, this time producer Timbaland's time-travel machine broke down in 2006 - it's not always bad, but it's also not as good as FutureSex/LoveSounds.
Cabaret with Drake has a catchy hook and gorgeously cheesy lyrics only Timberlake can pull off. The countrified Drink You Away almost works. The rest is forgettable. Hey, Justin: less is more.
Top track: Cabaret, featuring Drake
Justin Timberlake plays the Air Canada Centre February 13 and 14.