It looks like 2013 is starting out by granting all our fondest wishes –including a new single by Mr. Sexyback himself, Justin Timberlake. The wait is finally over; JT dropped a new tune on Sunday and those of us who have been mourning the loss of his sexy single status can now throw ourselves into his dulcet vocals.
The single, “Suit and Tie,” is true to Timberlake’s R&B roots and, even though it isn’t quite the game-changer that “SexyBack” was, it still makes me want to get up and dance. It’s taken us six years to get a new song from our favorite boy and listening to his assured, suave falsetto gets me going as strong as ever.
The tune itself is an ode to putting on your swag and hitting the dance floor. As always, his lyrics make you ready to get down with your dance partner. Jay-Z makes a cameo, calling everyone to don some Tom Ford (among others) and strut it in a tux for no reason.
Ever the coy boy, JT started dropping hints last week via Twitter about the possibility of an upcoming song release. It all started the evening of January 9, when Timberlake threw out an elusive tweet that said, “Thursday, January 10th, 9:01 am, PST…”
The tweet set the world abuzz with speculation about JT finally leaving the silver screen and getting back into the studio with a new album. As promised, the former boy bander rewarded the masses with another teasing tweet on Thursday morning that directed fans to a clip of the artist walking into a recording studio, where he does his own voice over explaining his process with producing new music that he (and hopefully the fans) will love. And that is something that, according to Mr. Timberlake, you just have to wait for.
On Sunday, the sadistic JT tease was over and we all got our first listen of “Suit and Tie.” And it sounds like it was certainly worth waiting for – the single is already a hit on iTunes, climbing to the top of the iTunes chart within its first 24-hours. Only time will tell if this ditty will reach far beyond the sound waves and lead to a worldwide resurgence of men dressed to the nines, and “suiting up.”
In fact, this song may become the new theme song for “How I Met Your Mother’s” Barney Stinson, given the devotion to fine dressing and the ever-present JT sexy overtones. And, if this first peek is any indication of the full album to follow, I think it will definitely be legendary.