Thursday, 4 April 2013

ALBUMS OF THE WEEK: From Lil Wayne and Justin Timberlake, the hottest discs out now

Mojo Master: Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience 

From the man who brought sexy back comes arguably the most grown-up album of his career, The 20/20 Experience (RCA Records), full of synth-heavy beats, electro-pop grooves and bombastic production from longtime collaborator Timbaland. It's a diverse, sweeping success led by the hypnotic first single "Suit & Tie" (featuring a top-flight Jay-Z) and "Mirrors," a sprawling ode to timeless love. Along the way, Timberlake takes on concepts that run the gamut from sex and women ("Pusher Love Girl", "That Girl") to dancefloor revelry ("Don't Hold The Wall", "Let the Groove In"), reminding us that he's always had it, and despite his recent departure to lose himself in the world of movies, he's still got it. Download: "Tunnel Vision", "Strawberry Bubblegum". Tyrone's Verdict: B+ 

League of His Own: Lil Wayne's I Am Not a Human Being 2

Maverick, trouble-maker, game-changer, lyrical genius. You can say one thing for prolific rap star: Lil Wayne he's in a league all his own. This month, the pint-sized hip-hop heavyweight returns to the charts with his 10th studio album, I Am Not a Human Being 2 (Cash Money Records), a brash, dynamic follow-up to the 2010 original. With production work from the likes of Cool & Dre and Diplo, the album finds Lil Wayne in all his lewd, crude and witty glory while engaging with his signature themes of drugs and violence ("Guntalk"), sex ("Beat It') and money (the 2 Chainz-assisted "Rich as F--k"). Nothing here will dramatically alter the arc of Wayne's career (a la The Carter series), but overall its a compelling reminder of his beastly skills on the mic. Download: "No Worries", "Love Me". Tyrone's Verdict: B

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