RunintheCity saidHe's fallen into that Michael Jackson trap of taking breaks for too long, losing his currency and believing his music can automatically be above the need for sonic relevancy because of his status. It's funny...this sort of thing doesn't usually happen to pop starts until their late 30s/early 40s, lol.
I actually think this worked for Michael Jackson. His albums were so impactful during their release that he needed to take longer breaks in order to not over expose himself.
In JT's case his albums don't make as much of an impact as MJ so he doesn't need quite as long of a break. Personally I never liked JT that much, he comes off as inauthentic to me. He doesn't strike me as the compelling R&B artist he hopes to be. Robin Thicke is better at blue eyed soul than he is. And he's never looked that appealing to me. Something contorted within his face that only gets worse with age. He's going to look straight up awkward at 40.
Agreed that MJ was better at the longer breaks. Because, he added groundbreaking videos that featured unrivaled dance performances for his generation to his musical works. So it wasn't just the music
Perhaps, Timberlake's video will add more context to the song.
As it is, Suit And Tie
sounds a lot like R. Kelly's Step w Robin Thicke's falsettos lacing the track.
Not that that's a bad thing - it just means it's not transcending.