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JTseduces on new
Experience
Acclaimed singer
meets lofty
expectations
By GREGORY HICKS
Daily Arts Writer

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What do you do when you're
one of the largest male R&B-pop
sensations the world has ever
seen, and you're
planning to ,-
break out from
your seven-year The 20/20
hiatus? The Eprec
answer is: any-
thing you want.' Justin
The 20/20 Timberlake
Experience
will earn high RCA
certifications
from pre-orders
alone, but that doesn't stop JT
from delivering anything short of
an irresistibly seductive record.
Given trending characteristics
of today's industry (e.g. dubstep,
basic meter), it's refreshing to
witness an artist of Timberlake's
caliber standinghis ground in sty-
listic terms.
With the initial release of his
platinum-selling lead single "Suit
& Tie," listeners picked up on
Timberlake's new record, which
steers toward an old-school
groove. True, the track has a like-
able jazziness, but don't confuse
Timbaland's classic synth pro-
duction with a brass instrument.
In fact, don't confuse mostof Tim-
baland's musical complexion with
an attemptto recreate a long-gone
decade.
A vintage taste surfaces strictly
on the introduction to most tracks
on the record. "Pusher Love Girl"
adopts the swift, orchestral chro-
matics of Ciara and Timberlake's
"Love Sex Magic" collaboration,
preceding a performance brim-
ming with our pop star's antici-
pated falsetto. The time-honored
needle-on-record sound effect

This is the riff-off part two.
Old tricks'nnderwhelm
in chaotic '21 and Over'

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As long as he's got his suit and tie ...
introduces "Strawberry Bubble-
gum," channeling a trademark
of Christina Aguilera's Back to
Basics.
Lest we forget about JT's secret
weapon, The 20/20 Experience
is a musical reestablishment for
Timbaland, the king of seductive
syncopation, as well. Undoubted-
ly, the R&B producer was loaded
with inspiration, given that his
last major production (relatively
speaking) was two years ago on
Demi Lovato's Unbroken album.
The (nearly) seven minute-long
tracks might badger some listen-
ers - these track lengths will
never survive radio edits - but
each song is elegantly washed
out with a few minutes of tempo
stretching as JT wraps up the end
of each (arguably lanky) track.
To endure the extensive width of
the album, each song brims with
developments and swift tempo
changes, rather than add three
extra minutes of the same hook
(e.g. Fergie's The Dutchess).
With so much excitement

churning from The 20/20 Expe-
rience - an anticipation years in
the making - now is the time to
walk off the beaten path. Part of
remaining a distinguished art-
ist is having a devoted following
who will essentially find a Way
to enjoy your music regardless of
how incomparable it is to current
trendsetters.
Aside from "Suit & Tie" and
the album's second promotional
single, "Mirrors," the record's
other ingredients lack an instant-
ly gratifying pop-music quality -
certainly justified, given that the
album aims to be a coherent R&B
album, rather than a quick-fix pop
collection of singles. Most notable
characteristics sampled from the
musical bandwagon are Jay-Z's
appearance on "Suit & Tie" and
the somewhat oversimplified
melody and beats of "Mirrors" as
a whole.
"Let the Groove Get In" and
listen to JT as he brings sexy
back to the music industry in 'a
new decade of R&B.

By BRIAN BURLAGE
DailyArts Writer
The days of filming wild Vegas
shenanigans are over - the jig is
up, the marrow sucked dry. It's no
longer enough
to construct
a plot driven
by shameful 21 and Over
drinking binges A
or to derive a AtQualityl6
film's humor Relativity Media
from an hour
and a half of
redundant stereotyping. In their
directorial debut, Jon Lucas and
Scott Moore have made "21 and
Over" a predictable, exceedingly
raunchy mimicry of their former
projects. Though the duo wrote
"The Hangover" and basically
invented movies based off alco-
hol-fueled nightmares, this film
plummets into an abysmal repeti-
tion of a quickly fading storyline.
Justin Chon'("Twilight") stars
as Jeff Chang, a stellar student
with sights set on medical school,
who turns 21 the day before his
big interview. Despite having a
militant, nearly omniscient father'
proctoring his every move, Chang
joins his-childhood friends Casey
(Skylar Astin, "Pitch Perfect")
and Miller (Miles Teller, "Foot-
loose") for a night of fun. As

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grows increasingly proud Instead, the boys manipulate a
new immunity to bouncer couple of pledge girls into per.-
ng, he scurries deeper and forming prolonged sexual acts for
into intoxication until no real purpose.
and public humiliation are For the few jokes that emerge
rt of the fun. like diamonds in the rough, the
le the story has poten- lack of creativity and inconsis-
d focuses on the universal tent humor tarnish any redeem-
les of adolescence and edu- able quality. Because it's easy to
there are just too many tell which scenes were written
ssary exaggerations and for deliberate laughs, the entire
-out sequences. 'Chang - film comes across almost like
y far-departed from sobri- a gimmick to ensure viewers
akes a ride on a mechanical that getting completely trashed
one of the bars. Of course, will always work out perfectly
enough to show his limp in the end. It's as though each
et tossed around without crazed scene is compiled to form
r boundary, so a full-min- a defense against irresponsibility
ne is dedicated to captur- and self-humiliation.
ages of his projectile vomit The extent of exaggeration -
arious angles. almost identical to its cousin film,
"The Hangover" - removes all
credibility from the characters
It's 'The "and wrong plot turns. Contrary
to the portrait that "21 and Over"
[angover' 's paints, collegiate raunchiness
doesn't always equal collegiate
ery distant funniness.And since the party
scenes, adolescent debauchery
cousin, and sexuality only function as
means of achieving a perfect end-
ing for all who participated, view-
ers are left wondering why they
nother example, Casey and shouldn't strive for the same
ind themselves in a soror- frenzy. After all, it is, according
se, which, in all fairness, to this film, a surefire way to get
some legitimate humor. exactly what you want.

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