By Eric Wise, Assistant News Editor —
Justin Timberlake released his fifth studio album, “Man of the Woods,” on Feb. 2, and I’ve been listening to it on repeat since then.
Several of my friends said, “it’s not that good, because ‘The 20/20 Experience’ was so much better.” Here’s the thing, though: “Man of the Woods” isn’t “The 20/20 Experience.” They are two completely different albums, with completely different styles. I think that both albums stand on their own as some of JT’s best work he’s ever done.
Timberlake told Rolling Stone magazine that “Man of the Woods” is inspired by his childhood and growing up in Tennessee.
“I think where I grew up in America has a lot of influence,” he said. “Memphis is known as the birthplace of rock and roll, but also the home of the blues, [and] Nashville’s right down the street so there’s a lot of country music.”
Some of the best songs on the album represent those different styles of music that he grew up around in Tennessee. You have “Filthy” which is a modern techo-pop song, “Supplies” is a hip-hop song, and “Say Something” that features Chris Stapleton has a lot of country influence and acoustics in it.
The album overall is great, but has five really stand-out songs. In no particular order, they are “Say Something”, “Supplies,” “Flannel,” “Young Man” and “Man of the Woods.” I recommend everyone listen all the way through the album a few times. I guarantee you’ll find a new favorite JT song.
The “Man of the Woods” tour kicks off in March with three stops in Tennessee. Timberlake will be performing at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on May 9 and at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on May 30 and again on Jan. 12, 2019.