Justin Timberlake – Critic’s Pick

photo by Tom Munro
photo by Tom Munro

Justin Timberlake
7:00 p.m. November 19 @ Scottrade Center

Audiences were first introduced to Justin Timberlake as part of the carefully crafted ’90s boy band, ‘N Sync. Back then he was just that cheesy singer with the blond curls and questionable fashion choices, but in more recent years Timberlake has grown into a suave solo performer with slick suits and charisma to spare. Timberlake is currently touring on the success of his recently released two-part double album, The 20/20 Experience. The releases could have been distilled to deliver a bigger pop punch, but Timberlake’s various explorations dazzle more than they disappoint. Instead of continuing to rely on the predictable formula of his constant collaborator, producer Timbaland, the new albums also reflect more classic influences, clearly drawing inspiration from the sounds of gospel, Motown and Stax Records.

Preview: This tour set-up finds a Sinatra-esque Timberlake fronting a Vegas show-styled stage, complete with deco design and a big band behind him including multiple brass performers. Expect Michael Jackson meets the Rat Pack.

— By Jaime Lees

link: Riverfront Times