Peeling Back the Curtain

In his new book, Hindsight: & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me, Justin Timberlake takes readers on an inside-baseball journey into his creative process. It’s not often an artist with more than 32 million albums sold pulls back the curtain, but based on the sample page on his website, he is not holding back:

“I’ve been scorned. I’ve been pissed off. That feeling inspired me to write ‘Cry Me a River,’” Timberlake writes. He continues, “I wrote ‘Cry Me a River’ in two hours. I didn’t plan on writing it. The feelings I had were so strong that I had to write it…”

“Cry” is one of the best tunes Timberlake has ever released, and the one where he crossed over from former boy band member to mainstream powerhouse. The “done wrong by an ex” theme is something every listener can relate to, and the R&B style feels like it could have come from the height of the genre in the 1970s.

Timberlake has expanded his repertoire over the years, not only bringing the heart-wrenching and dance-crazy hits to the stage, but becoming a solid music-comedic performer. His work with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live, namely their homages to ’90s smooth R&B in parodies like “D*ck in a Box” and “Motherlover,” lives in pop culture fame. Then there’s his amazing chemistry with Jimmy Fallon—check out the two of them playing Bee Gees brothers Robin and Barry Gibb on the SNL sketch “The Barry Gibb Talk Show.” Recently on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the host competed against Timberlake’s wife, Jessica Biel, in a game show-type segment to see who knows the pop superstar better.

With the new insight the book brings and his constant refinement, now is as good a time as there ever has been to see Timberlake in concert. –Jason Harris

T-Mobile Arena, 7:30 p.m. March 8, starting at $60 plus tax and fee. 888.929.7849 AXS

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