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"Mirrors" (CD Single)



Club-ready JT song is sweet, serious, and overly long.

What parents need to know

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

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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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old April 7, 2013

Good song

Really good song for any ages, not inappropriate!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 :) Although this song is way too long (close to ten minutes), I still like it (besides, you can only listen to the edited, shortened version if you want). Nothing inappropriate is in it, so it's fine for kids.
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Kid, 10 years old June 6, 2013

Catchy but Heartbreaking

I like Mirrors and Justin's a really good singer and I'm not going to lie but it made people cry because it reminded them about their parents. It has a positive message through the song. Its actually an idiom that recalls as "Children reflect their parents." This means children follow their parents. I, myself basically don't see anything wrong with that but although it can make other people feel sad. Also, on one occasion in the music video, a group is in a bar.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking