Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z
Released: 14th January 2013.
When I first read that Timbaland was working Justin for Justin's big comeback, I was aghast - I mean Timbaland was excellent on Justin's last record, but over the last few years, I think that most would agree that Timbaland has been far from his best. That being said, expectations were still high as this is Justin Timberlake after all! Suit and Tie begins with a deceptive intro - deceptive in the sense that it doesn't really give an indication of the quality of the rest of the song [this hopefully won't put people off]. After 40 or so seconds, the beat drops and it switches a gear. With a deep bass backing track, and some vintage horns, you really will be impressed! The song also features a not necessary verse by Jay Z, for rap fans out there. Overall, this is an excellent comeback by Justin! Hopefully, the accompanying album will do great stuff!
Very odd that he went so Urban with his first single... such a bizzare move ( Was expecting a pop smash). With more horns this could have been better. Jay's verse is so amazingly solid! I hope Timberland is not the executive producer for this. Love it though!
Following the mega-successful era, FutureSex/LoveSounds, Pop star Justin Timberlake decided to go back to studio to prepare his third studio album, introducing the highly-anticipated first single, "Suit & Tie".
Did the song live up the hype? Nope. Is it a good song? Yes. Timberlake shows off his R&B singing skill in this retro-ish midtempo number, who also features rapper Jay-Z - a type of song that probably will remind you of stuff by another blue-eyed soul singer, Robin Thicke.
That being said, I think it would've been a better choice if he had come back with a hot uptempo Urban banger, but still, at least he came back with something for the fans that have been waiting for more than 6 years.
It's been almost seven years since we've heard new music from Mister Justin Timberlake so anticipation was at a fever pitch when news surfaced that the superstar was making his long-awaited return to the music scene. Surely he'd return with something fresh, innovative, and mindblowing, right?
The answer is a resounding NO! The song gets off to an odd start but less than a minute in, it quickly switches up to an underwhelming beat which drags on for another four minutes or so though of course it feels a lot longer. The lyrics are average at best, the production a gross disappointment, and the song itself just sounds like a 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' reject. Jay-Z adds nothing of substance to the vapid fiasco and while the song is not unlistenable, it's not far off from it. Better luck next time, Justin.
Justin Timberlake's comeback to music was pretty anticipated by fans. This to me was a pretty underwhelming "comeback" single - the lyrics are pretty mediocre, the production is a MESS and the addition of Jay-Z doesn't really add some sort of "oomph" to the track. The introduction also really puts me off the track and while I can say it improves from then on, it actually doesn't reach a high point. This track is mediocre at best and is probably the first disappointment of the year so far for me.
This release is available for download only.