After more than half a decade of waiting and a preparation process steeped in secrecy and seclusion, your patience has been rewarded. No, I’m not talking about a new pope—it’s the new Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience, available for exclusive streaming at iTunes a week before its March 19th release on RCA. It’s been over six years since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, and with the release of “Suit & Tie” in January, Timberlake has begun repositioning as what Buzzfeed‘s Matthew Perpetua terms “an upscale pop star” who “only makes music when he feels truly inspired.” The new album clocks in at just over 70 minutes spread out among ten tracks, which means—yes—an average track length of over seven minutes. It’s worth it, if only for the largely instrumental funk breakdowns that seem to come into play around the four-minute mark on most tracks.
Here’s the stream.