The Bottom Line
Justin Timberlake has dropped an instant pop music classic. The stuttering, skittering feel of "My Love" matches perfectly the disorienting, dizzying, and exhilarating emotions of infatuation. Timbaland's production is at its inventive best, and T.I.'s not quite convincing "I can get along without you" rap is a perfect fit.
Head to Justin Timberlake's official site to listen to "My Love."
- Justin Timberlake's otherworldly falsetto
- Timbaland's backing built on human beatbox and toy sounds
- Intoxicating melody
- Perfect-fit rap by T.I.
- Snaky, skittering beats from Timbaland
- Gorgeous falsetto performance from Justin Timberlake
- Slightly vulnerable rap from T.I.
- Stop-start trance-style synths
Guide Review - Justin Timberlake featuring T.I. - My Love
Trance-style synths kick off Justin Timberlake's second single from the #1 smash album FutureSex/LoveSounds and are quickly brought back down to earth by a classic, intricate Timbaland backing track, but Justin's own otherworldly falsetto vocals take the song back toward pop heaven. Pleading words ("If I wrote you a symphony...") and a jittery, start-stop feel perfectly encompass those fluttery, nearly desperate, feelings of infatuated love. You're likely to be inspired to dance and sing along and definitely wish it would all go on for more than 5 minutes.
"SexyBack" had an impressively easy time of finding its way to #1 on the pop singles chart. "My Love" is following hot on its heels and may be an even bigger hit. This song has all of the elements - irresistible beats, instantly familiar melody, and a riveting vocal performance - to make it one of the year's best pop singles. T.I.'s rap toward the end of the song works perfectly, too. He might say she isn't, but it certainly sounds like this girl is everything.