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.