Review of Suit And Tie by Justin Timberlake ft Jay Z
Justin Timberlake has sold over 15 million records and has massed a total of seven Grammy awards. From these figures it’s hard to believe that he has only ever released two full albums, making sure he goes on a quality over quantity basis. Now after a seven year brake, he’s back with a bang and some new music. This announcement was a shock to all, but it was perfectly timed.
‘Suit And Tie’ is the latest offering so far and is brilliant on so many levels. Of course it was written in stone that Timbaland had to produce the single but the Jay-Z addition is a nice little extra for the seven year wait.
It starts off with a nice collection of horns before Timbaland takes us off. The intro brings us back to the golden R&B times of the late 90’s/Mid 2000’s. Not to mention Timbaland‘s signature voice embedded into the track which just brings us back to Justin’s earliest music.
Out of nowhere, the song breaks and Justin Timberlake goes up-tempo modernising the into; even the opening horns are transformed. Transforming R&B is what Timberlake does in the track – and he does a darn good job of it. Revamping an unfortunately dying genre is the hardest thing to do in music, but with ‘Suit And Tie’, Justin makes it look easy. Magical bells and chimes add a little spin on the music too.
Then Sean Carter (aka Jay-Z) goes back to the old school start and adds a solid, quality rap. Gradually his verse starts to develop modern synths until JT sings into the grand finale chorus which incorporates ideas from both of the old and new school ideas of the song together, merging them together blissfully.
Ending on the new school horns after starting from the old school horns, the song adds a hint of mystery about what his latest album will offer even in its last seconds. While this song has only been released in January, it’s possibly the best we’ll hear all year and has definitely got the last 99p on my iTunes Christmas gift card.
Review by Bally Athwal