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The 20/20 Experience

JT is back with excellent, sometimes edgy album.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though most of these messages are about celebrating and valuing a romantic partner, the songs "Pusher Love Girl" and "Suit & Tie" include direct drug references.

Positive role models

Drug references aside, the majority of these lyrics demonstrate positive role model behaviors, like making sure to treat a partner respectfully.

Not applicable

While there's nothing super raunchy in these songs, some lyrics get pretty steamy, and "making love" is mentioned more than once.


"S--t," "N" word, and "ass" included in the song "Suit & Tie."


A few celebrity and product names in the track "Suit & Tie," like Tom Ford and Alexander Wang.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The songs "Pusher Love Girl" and "Suit & Tie" compare various sorts of drug highs (including heroin and cocaine) to being in love.

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. 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Justin Timberlake
Release date:March 5, 2013
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old June 14, 2013

Good Album With Bad Content

Album is good but content is not. Although I only heard 2 songs from this album, Mirrors and Suit and Tie and there both sides but their both from the same album. But all of the songs have to do with "being romantic" and J.T. can be good although Mirrors is full of sadness. This makes it not for younger kids and now its time for the iffy parts which probably bans kids and some younger teens. When Jay-Z breaks in he says a-s tight denim and one of the factors to making this album is sexual content (but not doing with nudity but instead with romancing). Sometimes the lyrics can get pretty steamy, full of love and cursing. The only curse song is Suit and Tie and Jay-Z says a--s tight denim, the N word and tie s--t along with J.T. who only curses s--t. There are also a few products that interfere with Tom Ford and Alex Wang in Suit and Tie. Also, in the Mirrors music video some of the people end up at a bar. This song is good but it's the iffy sexuality, language, consumerism and alcohol that makes it not for kids and young teens.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byNewenglandprepster June 7, 2013

Who doesn't?

Love Timbelake
Teen, 13 years old Written byRyanlaps October 25, 2013

Good album

Justin is back lets go track by track Pusher love girl 8/10 14 and up Suit and tie 7/10 14 and up Don't hold the wall 8/10 12 and up Strawberry bubblegum 10/10 10 and up Tunnel Vision 6/10 11 and up Spaceship coupe 8/10 13 and up That girl 9/10 12 and up Let the groove get in 6/10 9 and up Mirrors 9/10 11 and up Blue ocean floor 8/10 10 and up