Establishing himself as a legitimate hitmaker with Justified, the follow up, FutureSex/LoveSounds, solidified Justin Timberlake as pop music’s most ambitious superstar.
FutureSex/LoveSounds separated Justin Timberlake from being the teen heartthrob sensation that Justified failed to do and transformed him into a household name that standardized what pop/r&b should sound like. The album pursues the ambitions of a striving pop star seeking his territory and not only marking it but reinventing it. The genius of it is the unimaginable fantasy that comes to life with all of its regrets and glory on the dance floor
Exploiting sexual healing through a revived experience, album intro, reassured that the future is in the sounds of sex. That was the case, once JT returned with lead single, “Sexy Back”. A game-changing single, that shifted where pop music was heading, a euphoric dance opus, oozing charisma and swagger, something that was unattained until Timberlake returned. “Sexy Back” was JT sending a message that no matter who’s doing it, he’s doing it better. Crafting crazed dance bops while infusing them with elements of R&B that’ll leave you in a trance was the formula for the project.
Part of this relied on preludes that transitioned into a full track, an experiment that became the foundation for the project and the blueprint for the “beat switch” that has become notorious in music today (“Love Stoned”). “My Love” was a prominent showcase of the variety of influences that producer Danja sought out to displace his vision of what the album needed to sound like; a hypnotic love song, that leaves listeners feeling intoxicated. The entire embodiment of the project flashes on “What Goes Around/Comes Around”. Crafted amongst an extended instrumental, an iconic transition, and a pop perfected chorus
In 2006, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja, stepped into the future, a time traveling adventure that sought out the sounds of tomorrow that are as present as ever. As years passed by, it deserves its placement in the Mount Rushmore of pop music in the 2000s.
With Timbaland hinting at a possible sequel of the album reimagined for the 2020 soundscape, it's hard to imagine if they're capable of doing it again. But one things for sure, the album proved to never doubt the capability of both JT and Timbaland.