A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Mirrors" is a heartfelt love song, perhaps inspired by Justin Timberlake's November 2012 marriage to actress Jessica Biel. Its introspective lyrics, eight-minute length, and touches of classic soul might signal a new kind of maturity and a higher level of ambition from the Grammy- and Emmy-winning co-creator of "D--k in a Box" and the "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl. There's nothing iffy here for kids, although the length and theme is better suited to older tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
MIRRORS is the second single from The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake's third solo album. It's been four years since his last live performance and seven years since 2006's FutureSex/LoveShow, but he's back with a vengeance: Besides making the talk- and award-show rounds, he's hitting the road, a co-headlining tour with Jay-Z, and then releasing the second half of The 20/20 Experience.
Is it any good?
Much about "Mirrors," co-produced by hip-hop titan and frequent JT collaborator Timbaland, is big and chunky. As club-ready as it is, however, "Mirrors" lacks emotional, vocal, and musical range: JT seems to be going through the motions, and the song feels overly long (the 4:37 radio edit gets it right). Timberlake himself doesn’t appear in the arty, PG-rated video until nearly six minutes in, but despite the sweet lyrics ("It's like you're my mirror, my mirror staring back at me/ I couldn’t get any bigger/ without anyone else beside me"), there's no smile or hint of tenderness. He's at work, and it shows.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Timberlake's new sound. Do you think it works? Will his old fans continue to support him as he tries a more mature sound?
Talk about how partners reflect each other's good and bad qualities. How do you know when you've found the person you want to spend the rest of your life with?
How likely is it that a couple can get back together and make a relationship work after a breakup?