Justin Timberlake is back, and he’s back in a big way.
Filthy, the first release from his upcoming (and recently announced) album, Man Of The Woods, dropped in the early morning hours of Friday, January 5 and instantly started burning up the internet.
At the time of this post, the official music video for Filthy already has more than 1,000,000 views, and if you add in the (presumably) hundreds of thousands (or more) streams on Spotify, Apple Music, etc., it’s easy to say that this track is on fire. And not only is it on fire, there are a lot of people out in the world who are eager to tell you that it IS fire.
— Anita Vazquez (@SassyMa_Vazquez) January 5, 2018
“Does he ever get it wrong? Damn that’s good!” – Trish’s response to Filthy
However, because this is music, it’s art, and we’re dealing with the internet where opinions are everywhere, there’s no consensus here.
The Filthy music video has (at the time of this post) 54,000ish Thumbs Up on YouTube – and 6,000ish Thumbs Down. And there are also tweets that share unhappy opinions with the song. Such is life. Ain’t no song going to make everyone happy, especially when an artist is willing to try something new.
We also need to address the fact that Filthy isn’t a country song. Or a roots song. Or a folky/rock/Memphis-Blues inspired song.
The Man Of The Woods preview video (at the bottom of the post in case you haven’t seen it – or you want to watch it again) made a lot of people think that we were going to get an album full of songs that could end up on country radio. Filthy has already proved that that’s not the case.
This is a pop jam with danceable beats, electronic hits, funky George Clinton-esque rhythms and JT doing what we know he can with a pop melody.
There are some theories floating around about it though…
Again, people will misunderstand the purpose of Timberlake’s new song, #Filthy.
It’s meant to be different than what he said this album will be. It’s his departure from his old self. He’s making fun of himself. That’s why it’s so good, as is the video. https://t.co/B5qBQilcKc
— GAVIN MAYNE (@MrGavinMayne) January 5, 2018
In the end, it comes down to this… Justin Timberlake has hit us a with a song that’s going to be played often (and very loud as per his instruction), will get people moving on dance floors, in their living rooms, and wherever else they want to get down.
Filthy may or may not represent what we’re going to get from the other 15 songs on Man Of The Woods, but it doesn’t matter right now. Right now we have one new song, and it’s a bop.
If you haven’t seen the video yet, hit play. If you have seen it, leave a comment telling us what you think. And, tell us what you think of Filthy, and what you hope we hear from the rest of his upcoming album!
We don’t know exactly what to expect from the complete Man Of The Woods album, but here’s what we do know…
🔥 Man Of The Woods is listed on iTunes as pop – verifying that it’s not the country album some people predicted or supposed
🔥 Man Of The Woods will include a collaboration with Chris Stapleton, which could mean that either JT really does strip it down for some Memphis inspired blues/country, OR Stapleton is going to show us something we haven’t seen from him in the pop genre
🔥 Man Of The Woods releases in full on Friday, February 2, 2018
🔥 Man Of The Woods is listed on iTunes with 16 tracks
Justin Timberlake, Man Of The Woods Tracklist
2. Midnight Summer Jam
4. Man Of The Woods
5. Higher, Higher
8. Morning Light ft. Alicia Keys
9. Say Something ft. Chris Stapleton
10. Hers (interlude)
13. Breeze Off The Pond
14. Livin’ Off The Land
15. The Hard Stuff
16. Young Man