Justin Timberlake "Suit & Tie" is a Boring Rehash
It has already been asked if there is room in the pop world for two Justin's -- a reference to Bieber -- but Timberlake has a wild new school of pop experimenters to contend with. The dark horse in the sexy R&B tinged pop race might actually be Toro Y Moi's new release, Anything In Return. If there is someone poised to steal the prize from those matinee idols, my money is on Chaz Bundick.
Anything in Return evolves Bundick's chillwave genre with less ferocity then Timberlake's offerings, but it's impact feels just as strong. Lively '70s funk references, and touches from Bundick's dance project Les Sins make for one hell of a complete pop composition. There is nothing 2006 about it, and after pushing through "Suit & Tie," a few times I find myself returning to Bundick's more germane pop rather quickly.
Admittedly, it's still too soon to see Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience clearly. "Suit & Tie," is just one song off an album that is entirely capable of making up for this sleepy release. There is room in the playground for more than one defining pop album in 2013, but for now there is a clear head start. Your move, iconoclast pop icons.