Justin Timberlake has finally released a teaser for his new album Man Of The Woods, but fans aren’t sold on the singer’s change in musical direction.
Long gone are the Suit and Tie with enough starch in it to open a dry cleaners. And say goodbye to the American Band stand/jazz/funk sound that the star so greatly demonstrated in his 20/20 album.
In 2018, JT is taking us to the country (or the woods as a matter of fact).
Taking us down south, Justin combines traditional American rock with a modern day twist, labeling the project one of his ‘most ambitious albums to date, both sonically and lyrically’.
Previewing a more country clad, Tennesse inspired style with visuals, Justin takes the the title quite literally. You guessed it, he’s in the woods folks.
The 36-year-old shared the inspiration behind the new project, saying: ‘This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family. But more so than any other album I’ve written, where I’m from.‘
Viewers of the album trailer were a little sceptical however, making comparisons between Justin’s Man Of The Woods trailer and Beyonce’s visual album, Lemonade.
Comparisons were even drawn between the Can’t Stop The Feeling singer and folk band Bon Iver, with one user writing: ‘Justin Timberlake’s friendship with Bon Iver must have reached its final form.’
"justin timberlake" man of the woods? Whyyy?
— A N G G E (@prettynberry10) January 3, 2018
Y'all flamed Justin Timberlake so bad after that "oh you sweet soul" tweet that this dude put on some Wranglers and went to the woods to make some beef jerky
— Beyonce has an uncle named Larry Beyince. Bruh…. (@DragonflyJonez) January 2, 2018
Why did I just see someone refer to Justin Timberlake new album as the male Lemonade “Root Beer”
— TOP 5 TOP 5 TOP 5 (@SinsOfMyFather_) January 2, 2018
Lemonade is about the historical legacy of slavery and racial oppression in America on black love. The Man of the Woods is going to be about the historical legacy of how white male privilege gave Justin Timberlake more success with hip-hop/rnb than his black contemporaries right?
— Cal (@cal_erm) January 2, 2018
The stripped back southern-style video short caused fans to speculate that JT would be creating a more country sounding project, despite the star having yet to release his first single from the album.
One thing is for certain, Justin followers can still expect to hear some Pharrell Williams and Timberland beats as the producer makes an appearance in the visual album short and has been confirmed to have worked on the star’s leading single from the project – Filthy.
Man Of The Woods is due for release on February 2 but we won’t have long to wait until the first single and music video, Filthy which is due out on January 5.
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