At long last and after a week of teasing, fans of Justin Timberlake can finally feast their eyes and ears on the first single from his forthcoming album, ‘Man of the Woods.’
Titled ‘Filthy,’ the Michael & Janet Jackson-influenced visual awaits inside:
Hmm…while the futuristic visual was exactly what we were expecting given it’s the work of famed director Mark Romanek, admittedly this wasn’t what we were expecting on the sonic front. A clear attempt to be ‘Sexy Back’s more sophisticated, funkier older sister, ‘Filthy’ – if you ask us – might be a little too funky. At first listen the song doesn’t exactly grab you the way ‘Sexy Back’ did and feels a bit too much of a “try hard.”
Undoubtedly a grower, here’s hoping time will prove ‘Filthy’ a) isn’t completely representative of all ‘Man of the Woods’ has to offer and b) proves itself to be a risk worth the 5 year wait for his fans.
SN: We are excited to see Timberlake hit a step or two and hope this is indicative of a full-on reintroduction of choreo to his stage shows (akin to his early solo days).