Justified

Justified

by Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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Overview

From the moment 'N Sync dropped their bubblegum-pop debut in 1998, it was obvious that blond charmer Justin Timberlake would be the boy band's breakout star. Four years later, Timberlake finally kicks off his solo career with 2002's surprisingly soulful, R&B-and hip-hop-drenched Justified. Vocally, the Tennessee native sounds more than ever like his idol, Michael Jackson, most noticeably on the pulsating, Neptunes-produced single, "Like I Love You," where Timberlake even yelps à la Jacko. In all, the Neptunes helped craft about half of the disc's 13 songs, including the string- and-synth-laden "Last Night" and the disco-inspired "Rock Your Body." For the rest, Timberlake looked primarily to hip-hop kingpin Timbaland, who applied his trademark techniques to the slinky, bass-heavy club thumper "(And She Said) Take Me Now," featuring Janet Jackson, and the dramatic, synth-and-beat box-accented original "Cry Me a River," on which a wronged Justin -- who puts his own lyrical stamp on most of the songs -- takes potshots at an ex, possibly Britney Spears. In his shimmering falsetto, he sings: "You don't have to say what you did/I already know/I found out from him." Oops, looks like Brit did it again. While Justified is obviously conceived as a springboard to grown-up, international superstardom, Timberlake doesn't completely forsake his core audience, closing the disc with the syrupy, Brian McKnight-produced ballad, "Never Again," on which he once again bemoans lost love. " 'Forgive me' says that I should give you one more try/But it's too late/It's over now," he coos, and one can already imagine an accompanying, sepia-tone video astride the TRL countdown. Whether he's singing the teen-pop breakup blues or conjuring images of Jackson in his prime, Timberlake assures that his ascent to solo stardom is more than Justified.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/19/2002
Label: Jive
UPC: 0012414182319
catalogNumber: 41823
Rank: 14552

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Timberlake   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Janet Jackson   Vocals
Bill Meyers   Conductor
Charles Veal   Strings
Nathan East   Bass
Larry Gold   Conductor
Bernard Kenny   Guitar
Benjamin F. Wright   Conductor
Timbaland   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tye Tribbett & G.A.   Background Vocals
Pharrell Williams   Vocals
Bill Pettaway   Guitar
Damen Bennett   Flute
Clipse   Rap
Thaddeus T. Tribbett   Bass
Vidal Davis   Percussion
Bubba Sparxxx   Rap
Marsha Ambrosius   Background Vocals
Omar Edwards   Keyboards
Vanessa Marquez   Vocals
George "Spanky" McCurdy   Drums
Southwest Chamber Orchestra   Strings
Greater Anointing   Background Vocals
Scott Storch   Clavinet

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   String Arrangements
Brian McKnight   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Eddie DeLena   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Harvey Mason   Producer
Tommy Vicari   Engineer
Benjamin F. Wright   String Arrangements
Damon Thomas   Producer
Timbaland   Producer
Jimmy Randolph   Pro-Tools
Pharrell Williams   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Instrumentation
Harvey Mason   Producer
Chad Hugo   Producer,Instrumentation
Senator Jimmy D   Engineer
Justin Timberlake   Vocal Arrangements
Andrew Coleman   Engineer
Steve Penny   Engineer
Dabling Harward   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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