Praise the gods, Justin Timberlake has returned to us. Returned from the world of Friends with Benefits, Bad Teacher, Alpha Dog, In Time, and many other movies no one really saw or cared about (The Social Network being the lone exception, but let’s be real, it’s not like anyone was heading to the theaters to see Justin’s compelling take on Sean Parker) – and back to the studio. Let me just take this one moment to say THANKFUCKINGGODIMISSEDYOUJUSTINPLEASENEVERSTOPSINGINGEVERAGAIN.
So what are we to make of this new track Suit & Tie? Well, the obvious is that it’s pretty good. In fact, the more I listen to it the more I think it’s really good. There’s plenty of Justin’s signature falsetto, a good catchy hook, some fun chimes and horns in the background sample, even a verse from Hova himself (which strangely doesn’t come until about 3 minutes into the song), and of course, it’s produced by Timbaland. While I do think he’s done a bit of, well, borrowing from Pharell – this track reassures me that nothing but more of the JT we know and love is to come.
Oh yeah, there’s one other thing worth noting about this track. Justin didn’t just release it, didn’t just release a teaser video for it, he released it with the relaunch of Myspace. Yes, that Myspace. Some may remember that after playing an eccentric online entrepreneur in the movies, JT made it his reality by buying Myspace. The site is now sleek, completely music-centric, and somehow still allows you to use your same login from 2001.
So there you have it, a new song, a new Myspace, same old Justin. And really, there’s nothing better that.