"Mirrors" (CD Single)

Music review by
E.E. Bradman, Common Sense Media
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Club-ready JT song is sweet, serious, and overly long.

Parents say

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Kids say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

At a time when marriage rates continue to decline and being unattached is the norm, it's cool to hear a pop star tell his new wife, "Baby, you’re the inspiration for this precious song ... So now I say good-bye to the old me, it's already gone/ And I can’t wait to get you home/ Just to let you know you are the love of my life."

Positive Role Models & Representations

People have different opinions on whether or not Timberlake is a role model, but this song celebrates his love for his wife, which is a good thing.

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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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski June 30, 2014
It's like he's a mirror...
Kid, 9 years old April 7, 2013

Good song

Really good song for any ages, not inappropriate!
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 July 19, 2013

Sweet lyrics, cool music

"Mirrors" is a cool song; the music is nice and I love how the lyrics are about his relationship with his wife. So that's a positive message :) A... Continue reading

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Justin Timberlake
  • Release date: March 10, 2013
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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