#10 – Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
The 20/20 Experience isn’t as much an innovation as it is a deft exhibition of progress in R&B. Honestly, Thank you, Frank Ocean. This album would not be what it is if it had not been for Channel Orange. In no way am I saying that the N’Sync-ster’s album ripped anything off. No. But, a lot of ideas on The 20/20 Experience are based in the boldness of Frank Ocean and they would not have been welcome without its success.
J-Roc and Timbaland mix classic and contemporary, transitioning JT into the world of Adult Contemporary. But, the ex-Mickey Mouse Club star makes this transition sexy, smooth and avoids the common missteps and pitfalls many bands experience as they cross into the Adult Contemporary world. It’s Frank Ocean meets Frank Sinatra. -Rondeau
Other accolades: #29 on Amazon, #32 on Spin, #49 on Stereogum