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The 20/20 Experience
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while most of The 20/20 Experience is fairly innocuous, two tracks -- "Pusher Love Girl" and "Suit & Tie" -- include drug references. The single "Suit & Tie" also features some swearing ("s--t," "N" word, "ass"). Otherwise, the worst this album offers is some steamy if not explicit lyrics that are a bit beyond the youngest ears but OK for older teens.
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What's the story?
THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE is the third studio album from entertainment juggernaut Justin Timberlake -- former member of the massively popular '90s boy band 'N Sync, now a hugely successful solo artist and actor. Most of the songs deal with the topic of romance, using various metaphors -- including drug-highs -- to describe romantic love. Timberlake has been all over the media promoting the album, appearing in everything from Budweiser beer commercials to Saturday Night Live episodes.
Is it any good?
Music's other Justin (Bieber) can learn more than a few lessons from Timberlake. This record is a near perfect recipe for recording success: enlist the help of one of the most gifted producers in the business, Timbaland; get some of the world's biggest musical guest stars, like Jay-Z; and combine it all with your own immense vocal talent. Though the soulful hooks threaded throughout these songs can get just a hair formulaic at times, the overall sound is so much fun that you can hardly help loving every minute of it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Justin Timberlake's career trajectory, starting with his membership in '90s boy band 'N Sync through his present-day career as a successful solo artist and actor. How do you think he managed to make such a transition?
Early on, Timberlake was linked with other young stars like Britney Spears, who eventually experienced a lot of personal controversy and drama. How did Justin manage to avoid the same fate -- instead becoming a hugely successful singer and actor with a solid family life (marrying actress Jessica Biel)?
What lessons can today's younger stars, like Justin Bieber, learn from Justin Timberlake as they try to make their own way in the entertainment business?
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