Justin Timberlake: Take Back the Night

Posted July 12, 2013 by in Disco



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Genre: Disco, R&B, soul
Producer: Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon
Writer: Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, James Fauntelroy
Label: RCA
Format: Streaming
Release Date: 12 July 2013


Cute uptempo jam shaped like MJ disco


Not as intoxicating as "Suit & Tie" and not as disco-licious as "Get Lucky"

JT quickly responds to “Get Lucky” and that Robin Thicke jam with MJ-inspired disco

by J Matthew Cobb
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JT quickly responds to “Get Lucky” and that Robin Thicke jam with MJ-inspired disco

Overkill is usually a bad thing. But in the case of this year’s summer hit, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” too much of the same thing can’t be that bad.

Well, we are already starting to see an unbreakable cycle of classic disco on the charts. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” brought the sounds of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” back to our stereo systems, and if you paired it up with “Get Lucky” it would be a deejay’s dream come true. Earlier this year, before “Get Lucky” broke, Justin Timberlake unleashed his “Suit & Tie” craze on the masses. It too was a nostalgic trip back in time, a delicious exercise of sexy Philly soul and Hall & Oates-esque glory. To some, it was disco. And it makes sense to call it that: it’s upbeat and full of lush strings (Jay-Z’s interruptions and the tempo slow downs made it hard to call it that). But “Take Back the Night,” the first single to be teased from the forthcoming 20/20 Experience, Part 2 (due in September 30), is a MJ Off the Wall experiment. Strings are heavy and the productions are reaching near glossy levels. like a late ’70’s/early ’80’s Quincy Jones effort. You can smell “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” all over this. And although Timberlake tries to avoid the overuse of the MJ-influenced falsetto in order for this to avoid the ire of quick comparisons, it’s obvious he’s wearing his influences on his sleeves. That may be the song’s toughest weakness. It’s also not as captivating as “Suit & Tie,” but fans of “Get Lucky” and those searching for more disco inferno in the 21st century will welcome this with open arms.


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J Matthew Cobb

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