Justin Timberlake is back! The singer just dropped the first single, “Filthy,” off his upcoming new solo album, and while it’s reminiscent of the JT we know and love, it has a different sound than we were expecting based on his “earthy” new image.
“Filthy” was written and produced with longtime collaborators Timbaland and Danja, and it sounds a lot like the funk-pop hits from Timberlake’s early-to-mid aughts releases (think “SexyBack”). In short, it’s a total bop.
Earlier this week, Timberlake announced that his new album, out February 2, would be called Man of the Woods. He claimed it would be his most personal album yet, inspired by his hometown (Memphis, Tennessee), and a teaser for the album showed him as a rugged outdoorsman, walking through fields and snowfalls and sitting by a campfire.
So the electro-pop song “Filthy” and its accompanying video, which depicts JT as a futuristic Steve Jobs-type of figure, took fans by surprise.
Of course, some people recognized it for the total jam it is, regardless of the confusion between the image Timberlake seemed to project and what we got in the first single.
The singer recently announced that he would be dropping *four* whole videos before Man of the Woods‘ release on February 2 (and his Super Bowl halftime show on February 8, natch!), so there’s a good chance we’ll get to see more sides of Timberlake yet. Check out “Filthy” above.
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