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  • Summary: The fifth full-length solo studio release for the pop artist features guest appearances from Alicia Keys and Chris Stapleton.
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Say Something
[Intro: Justin Timberlake] Say something, Say something No, no, no Say something, Say something Say someting (Let's do it) [Breakdown: Justin... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 3 out of 29
  1. Q Magazine
    Feb 13, 2018
    80
    Throughout, Man Of The Woods seesaws brilliantly between pop and country. [Apr 2018, p.116]
  2. 67
    Man of the Woods, a funky, country-laced experiment that’s not nearly as bad as its already damned reputation suggests. Though the lyrics might be.
  3. Feb 6, 2018
    60
    Ultimately the album is three or four songs too long, but Man Of The Woods is rarely less than entertaining. Too slick to be a genuine man of ‘rough’, Timberlake nevertheless continues to lead the way in his field, even if he does so without consistently reaching the greatness he so clearly strives for.
  4. Feb 1, 2018
    50
    The majority of the highlights on Man of the Woods, from the faux-Stevie Wonder groove of “Higher, Higher” to the smooth dance-floor glide of “Breeze Off the Pond,” could have appeared on any Timberlake album, give or take a few pointedly rural references to roadside billboards and canoes. The songs that hew more closely to the Americana vibe, meanwhile, are mostly embarrassing.
  5. 50
    Expertly appointed but emotionally inert homage to the place that he says made him.
  6. Feb 14, 2018
    40
    Man of the Woods is not an outright disaster but it is a significant disappointment--a record too preoccupied with image, volte face and forced “REAL” to fully engage as a coherent piece of craftsmanship.
  7. Feb 5, 2018
    30
    A handful of decent songs do not a classic album make, much less a good one. While Timberlake can't be faulted for wanting to try something genuinely new this far into his career, the laziness of the productions and overall misguided lyrics make for an awkward fit. ... Timberlake's worst album to date.

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  1. Negative: 58 out of 185
  1. Feb 2, 2018
    10
    Haters gonna say it's fake... But he did save the music... Again! Trying to merge the past traditional music with a modern sound was aHaters gonna say it's fake... But he did save the music... Again! Trying to merge the past traditional music with a modern sound was a brilliant idea, risky but worth it. You can tell he's in a different place right now. Expand
  2. Feb 2, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. MARAVILHOSO CONCEITO! PARABÉNS AO JT MAIS UMA VEZ POR ESSA OBRA BELÍSSIMA DE ARTE Expand
  3. Feb 3, 2018
    10
    Haters gonna say it's fake... But he did save the music... Again! Trying to merge the past traditional music with a modern sound was aHaters gonna say it's fake... But he did save the music... Again! Trying to merge the past traditional music with a modern sound was a brilliant idea, risky but worth it. You can tell he's in a different place right now. Expand
  4. Feb 5, 2018
    10
    pra negativar um album desses tem que ser muito corajoso, e invejoso........
  5. Feb 2, 2018
    5
    The album sounds confusing, jumps from genres. Printing is that JT was lost during the production of this album. It's the pio album of his career.
  6. Feb 2, 2018
    2
    Dear Justin Timberlake,

    What in the literal AND figurative hell were you thinking with this new album? Same goes for you, Timbaland,
    Dear Justin Timberlake,

    What in the literal AND figurative hell were you thinking with this new album? Same goes for you, Timbaland, Pharrell, and all other pop titan producers involved in „Man of the Woods“. Seriously, that album name alone. The title track sounds like the music one would stick in the background of diaper commercial and the rest like songs SNL skits use to satirize current events or trends. I could (to a certain degree) understand the whole 70s/funk infusion into pop music people are going for these days… but country music is one thing and one thing only: It’s (for better or for worse… and let’s be real: for worse) country music. Not pop. Not trendy. Not something one should try to incorporate into the daily lives of average, innocent listeners.

    I recently read that this album was largely inspired by your wife, your son, and your upbringing in Tennessee. Is your marriage this unfulfilling? Is your son such a massive letdown? I’ve been to Tennessee several times, and while it’s far from my favorite state (no offense, my TN friends), did your time there burn you so badly that it warrants such an awful „tribute“? I mean… come on, son. You did „FutureSex/LoveSounds“. „Cry Me a River“. Hell, even most of „The 20/20 Experience“ was genuinely great or, at the very least, fun. You’re clearly talented. But latest by now, it’s evident that you ALSO smoke a lot of weed, possibly crack. And I’m sorry weed - you deserve better than that. Crack… you, too, I think…?

    This is probably the meanest, most scathing „review“ of any release I have ever made public, but as one who was curious and suffered through the vast majority of the unmitigated disaster that is „Man of the Woods“ (again… really? ), I felt it was my duty to warn the rest of you. This, my friends, is what happens when you are in a musical rut and turn to drastic measures in the hopes that it will inspire something worth releasing. Also, pressure from major labels - something I imagine RCA sincerely regrets at this point.
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  7. Feb 3, 2018
    0
    Acho que ele compôs o disco em período de caganeira, mesmo que deitar em um rio de fezes fosse mais agradável que escutar esse disco.

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