Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Justin Timberlake: The Traitor

It would seem that Justin Timberlake has fallen victim to the Millenial-Dance-Music Plague.

You know the music I'm talking about. This new modern genre that nobody has really coined yet. If one were to describe it with songs, this would be a distinctive playlist.

1) Pillowtalk - Zayn Malik (HE WILL NEVER BE "ZAYN")

2) Close - Nick Jonas Ft Tove Lo

3) Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande

4) Cake By The Ocean - DNCE

5) No - Meghan Trainor

6) What Do You Mean - Justin Bieber

7) Work From Home - Fifth Harmony Ft Ty Dolla $ign

8) One Dance - Drake Ft Wizkid & Kyla

9) Oui - Jeremih

10) Pop Style - Drake Ft The Throne

I have a mild issue with this. Don't get me twisted, it's catchy and fun to listen to and I'll admit, I have most of these songs on my IPod and listen to them fairly often, and come on, Justin Bieber and Nick Jonas are so awkwardly cute it's kind of hard not to like them.

But where's the artistry? Where's the empowering songs? The thought provoking songs? The originality one might presume would make the Hot 100?

And also, why do all these songs entail having your voice altered to the point of basic nonexistence? You might as well type the lyrics into an IPhone 6 and have them read out to you by Siri.

Sure you get your one-offs. Your Alt-Emo Twenty One Pilots, your Dream Pop Troye Sivan, your Brit-Pop The 1975, and that mysterious guy in the background, Chet Faker, but these unusual sounds are few and far between.

I think these Dance Pop songs are awesome to jam to at a party or blast in your car but I also think there should be something more than this. Something special. Something different.

Remember the 80s, when every band was different than the next and they all had their own iconic sound? Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure, Tears For Fears, Duran Duran, A-Ha, Culture Club, The Smiths... the list is endless.

And coming back to the original theme here, Justin Timberlake has succumbed to this new electronic genre. He has released the song Can't Stop The Feeling! and after listening to this song I realize he has tragically become a sellout.

No more Cry Me A River style badassness.

No more iconic SexyBack style lines.

No more LoveStoned style sexyness.

The classic Timberlake vibe has seemingly vanished into thin Millennium Pop air.

Now we are given yet another replica of the same beats rearranged the slightest bit alongside a computerized version of what may or may not be a good voice.

This is the type of music you hear thirty times a day for two or three months and then forget about for the rest of your life. Meaningless.

I will miss you Justin, I truly will. I can't believe it's ending this way.

but The Damage Is Done, So I Guess I'll Be Leaving,


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