Popstar, actor, and all around smooth operator, Justin Timberlake has just released the follow-up to his latest record, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, produced by Timbaland, featuring Jay-Z and Drake. It has been seven years since FutureSex/LoveSounds. During this time, JT has gone on to focus on his acting career and got married to actress Jessica Biel. After a long break from music, he's finally ready to release material that he's comfortable with putting out. But lyrically, he doesn't seem to have matured beyond the themes of Sex, Love, Drinking and Partying. If The 20/20 Experience is an introduction to his image as a grown man in his 30s ('Suit & Tie'), his appreciation for his loved one ('Mirror') and seduction of his lady ('Strawberry Bubblegum'), meant for daytime listening at the pre-party, then The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 sets the mood for some sexy night time fun for the afterparty as it opens with Gimme What I Don't Know (I Want); a song about Tarzan and Jane's mating rituals. Just kidding. It's about animalistic sex in the jungle, lyrically not dissimilar to Bloodhound Gang's 'The Bad Touch' - just not as crude. Second track off the album, 'True Blood' is probably inspired by the HBO TV series of the same name, and reeks of a cheesy B-grade horror show. Wolf howls and that haunted funhouse music can be heard in the background as Timberlake sings "It's that demon in me that's got me screaming/Make me wanna build a coffin for two/She's got that true blood." Take a listen to the track and you'll know what I mean, but it's not all bad because it's a fun track that'd be perfect just in time for your Halloween party playlist. Standout track 'Take Back The Night' is a groovy feel-good Motown number that one could easily imagine Michael Jackson singing if he was still alive. Even JT's vocal styling in the song is slightly similar to MJ's. This album is a rollercoaster ride of sorts. It starts off light and fun, and gradually moves into darker territory filled with doubts, and finally ending on a reassuring note, much like the natural progression of a committed relationship. This is evident in 'Only When I Walk Away', an angsty track in which he sings "She loves me now, she loves me not/She loves me now but only when I walk away". The track also features more electric guitar than we've ever heard in his music. 2 of 2 finally ends with the longest track in the album, 'Not A Bad Thing'. It's a stripped down, straight up 90s pop song that harks back to his boyband days. JT's smooth vocals and the reassurance in this track (When someone cuts your heart open with a knife, and you're bleeding/Don't you know that I could be that guy to heal it over time/And I won’t stop until you believe it/Cause baby you’re worth it) conclude the Experience on a sweet note. Of course, Timbaland's stellar production can't be ignored. 2/2 makes for a fun listen if you don't take the cheese too seriously, and perhaps that's what JT is going for, given that we know that he's got a goofy side and a sense of humour. The 20/20 Experience 2/2 is the yin to the yang of 1/1, overall making The Complete Experience a well balanced one.