Ditch the flannel for the suit & tie, JT
It's a little jarring to go from the fun-loving Justin Timberlake of the “Trolls” soundtrack (remember when the whole universe was singing along to “Can't Stop the Feeling” last year?) to Man of the Woods JT, who kicks off the new album by asking his lover to “put your filthy hands all over me.” Later he goes full-on doomsday prepper on the aggressively annoying “Supplies,” in which he stockpiles lazy double entendres like, “I'll be the generator/Turn me on when you need electricity.”
Not even Chris Stapleton can save “Say Something,” Timberlake's attempt at rootsy pop-rock. “Sometimes the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all,” he and Stapleton sing, sounding as if they're making half-baked excuses for writing a forgettable song full of platitudes.
I have this feeling inside my bones that says Man of the Woods-era Timberlake is the worst version of a guy who could, until recently, do no wrong, whether playing Robin Gibb on “SNL” or showing us a few things on record (“Suit & Tie” holds up). Still, the man oozes charisma and was born to be onstage, and his back catalog is full of arena-ready hits, so chances are this arena show won't disappoint. (Safe bet)