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Justin Timberlake’s Tiny Desk Performance

In support of his new album Everything I Thought It Was, Justin Timberlake’s promotional tour included a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

Cramming 14 musicians and backup vocalists into the cubicle-sized space, JT performed seven tracks telling the audience “I forget how many of us there are. Y’all really lived up to the name ‘Tiny Desk,’” “Yesterday, trying to get all of us in here was like a game of Tetris, but we did it.” 

While the the event was timed with the release of his new full length, ‘Selfish’ was the only song he sung from Everything I Thought It Was, during the 25-minute set.

Timberlake opened with “Senorita,” and “Rock Your Body” from Justified, followed by “Until the End of Time,” and “What Goes Around… Comes Around,” from FutureSex/LoveSounds and he closed with-“SexyBack”, and The 20/20 Experience’s “Pusher Love Girl.”

About his new full length Rolling Stone’s review stated “Timberlake recently told Apple Music that Everything I Thought It Was is his ‘best work’ yet. It’s not. This was actually disproven during the very first song. But nearly every track on the record having a one-to-one parallel to other moments in his discography does feel like a timely reminder… You can call Timberlake a lot of things, but never a mediocre performer or an insignificant figure in pop history. Not only does he have the hits to prove it, now he also has an entire album of songs that feel like B-sides to make an ironic case for his once-gilded greatness.”

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Ted Eytan