Justin Timberlake's New 'Suit & Tie:' Review

01/14/2013 at 02:45 PM EST

Justin Timberlake's New Single "Suit & Tie" Review
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At last Justin Timberlake is back to music, with Jay-Z in tow, on "Suit & Tie," his first new song since 2006 – and it sure is good to hear that falsetto croon again.

After the spacey beats of his last album, the multiplatinum FutureSex/LoveSounds, JT goes for a more retro vibe on this suave single, which previews his much-anticipated third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, due out later this year. With its smooth, horn-kissed lushness, it recalls the '70s R&B of Marvin Gaye as well as Robin Thicke's modern-day take on old-school soul.

While "Suit & Tie" does bring sexy back again, the lyrics find Timberlake, 32 this month, ready to sweep you – or perhaps his new wife, Jessica Biel – off your feet with old-fashioned romance.

"Let me show you a few things, show you a few things about love," he coos. Then, when Jay-Z swoops in for his rap, it's clear that wedded bliss is in the air: "Tell your mother that I love her cause I love you/ Tell your father we go farther as a couple/ They ain't lose a daughter, got a son."

Although the track once again finds Timberlake collaborating with producer Timbaland, it represents a sonic departure from previous hits like "Cry Me a River," "My Love" and "What Goes Around ... Comes Around."

"Suit & Tie" doesn't pack the same wallop as those songs, but it shows a more sophisticated side to the former boy-band member – all grown up now as a thirty-something married man.

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