>pursuit of happyness.

>yes. i know it’s spelled with an i.
thats how they spell it. ok?

pursuit of happyness was incredible. i wouldn’t usually rush on here and start typing away about a movie i just saw, but not only was this movie really really great, the majority of my friends have already left for home and i don’t really have much to do for the next fifteen minutes until i have like 9 events happening (not true).

will smith plays a single father, chris gardner, in san francisco. long story short, he’s broke and he has to resort to homeless shelters for he and his son in order for them to get by, all the while he is juggling floundering as a bone density scanner salesman, a 6 month hardcore broker internship, studying for exams, and he does all this without having a car or a place to live…and supporting his 5 year old son Christopher at the same time. it was based on a true story apparently.

seriously beautiful movie. heartwrenching at times, joyous at times, but also pretty darn funny still. its a really wonderful father/son story as well as an amazing personal achievement account too. i’ll admit, my eyes swelled up a bit a couple times. will smith does a pretty incredible job. which, i personally think, isn’t really a change from the norm. i’ve been pretty impressed with him a number of times…bagger vance…hitch…really, i think he just took some roles where it was near impossible to be considered a “good actor” afterward (MIB, ID4, I Robot)…much like Tim Allen in….all his movies. but anyway. he was pretty great in this one.

plus the kid is friggin awesome. someday i want my kid to have a lil fro when he’s 5. (which only increases the love i expressed for alicia keys in my brief post from this afternoon.)

AND it is set in 1981 when the rubik’s cube first hit the shelves, and everyone is perplexed by it and whatnot. will smith can do it cause he’s a smart dude/its not really that difficult and i can do it too. i picked one up yesterday and my buddy taught me how to do it in about 5 minutes…all it is: memorizing “algorithms”. which is a smart/fancy way of saying “it’s science”….formulas basically.

wrap up: go see this movie. it was amazing. usually i regret spending 7 bucks for a movie (da vinci code), but this one was worth every penny.

-ap.

ps: watch for the preview for “Dreamgirls”…more like the ‘E! True Hollywood Story of Destiny’s Child If They Hadn’t Gotten Along The Whole Time”. lame.

>pump pump pump pump it up.

>does anyone else get so into discovering new bands that you absent-mindedly forget about your true favorite artists?

that has been the case for me as of late. i, probably along with a lot of you as well, am the kind of guy who likes different sounds at different times. one week i’ll feel acoustic, then some serious boybands, then rap, even garth brooks lands on my radar at times (garth is about the extent of the country i like, however; rascall flatts? no way. and dont even mention toby keith (we’ll put a boot in your ass, it’s the american way) what a moron).

but i have my all time favs which i tend to neglect slightly more than i should.

in the past two days i’ve re-discovered two long lost artists in my collection whom have been favorites of mine for quite a while. two bens: folds and harper. those two realizations got me thinking…what are my ALL TIME favorite bands? not just right now and not just as i was growing up, but combined. all time. these are in no particular order…except that i saved probably the best for last. ready set go.

ben folds. I first started listening to ben when he was still with Ben Folds Five. “Whtever and Ever, Amen” had just come out and i fell in love with it. “One Angry Dwarf…” is one of my all time favs. then i discovered their self titled debut album and i liked it even more. and then his solo stuff started coming out later in high school and he had reinvented his sound so wonderfully. ben can be loud, funny, soft, and super serious all in the same song. plus his talent! i dont think anyone has the talent that ben folds possesses. piano is my favorite musical instrument and no one (and i mean NO ONE) can play the piano like ben folds can play the piano. The man is an absolute freak and i love it. plus the guy is really smart and has come up with some incredibley meaningful lyrics as i explained here. ben folds has potential to be my favorite artist of all time. i can’t necessarily claim a favorite, but ben folds would definitely be in the running for the spot.

ben harper. i discovered ben harper when i first heard the song “steal my kisses” on the radio early in high school. i went out and bought the cd and hated it all but that song…but then i accidently left the cd on in my room junior or senior year, and the more i listened the more i loved. ben harper was my first taste of ‘chill’ music and i absolutely loved it. his songs are simply beautiful. his voice is just the most soothing thing on earth. he now ranks as my favorite study artist. i’ve tried a number of times to make a “study” playlist, but it always turns out being dominated by ben harper so i just don’t worry about the playlist and put him on instead, and now i have a large wall poster of his likeness looking over me while i sleep each night.
plus he has tight tattoos on his arms. awesome.

dispatch. i am a huge fan of words, harmonization, and quick difficult lyrics. and dispatch takes this and runs with it. “here we go”, “railway station” and “the general” are my three distinct favorites. they take their unbelievable lyricism and add some amazing guitar mixed with some serious cleverness and they end up with an extremely unique sound. plus i pride myself in the fact that i know all the words to most of their songs and i can sing them successfully. not an easy feat, let me tell you. it is unfortunate, however, that dispatch ended their success just after i came to know their greatness. they’re amazing live performers and i’d highly reccommend one of their live cds. “Bang Bang” is clearly their best album. great djimbe too.

guster. probably the best candidate for favorite artist of all time. guster has reinvented their sound like 4 different times and each one, though distinctly different, is no better than the one before it. all equally amazing. granted their debut album is a little bit weak, but they have 4 solid albums that i will never be able to rank. the greatest thing about guster: their drummer doesnt use sticks. he is 100% hands on drums/cymbals. it is phenominal to listen to as well as phenominal to watch. they also throw in some amazing random instruments. zippers. typewriters. a ping pong game is used as additional percussion in my favorite guster song – “Airport Song”. its my favorite song probably. most played on my iTunes at least. 97 times. gnarls barkley’s “Crazy” holds second at around 80. Airport Song is my favorite song to listen to when walking to class too. makes me walk fast and efficiently. I discovered guster at the same time i discovered dispatch late in my high school career, but i was so enamored with dispatch that guster got hte back burner and i didnt listen to them for a while. I can’t get enough Guster now. plus they have two great holiday tracks (both of which were featured in The OC’s Season 2 “Chrismakkuh” episode) “Carol of the Meows” and “Donde Esta Santa Clause?” amazing. go get as much guster as you can. “Goldfly”, “Lost and Gone Forever”, “Ganging up on the Sun”, or “Keep it Together”. it doesnt really matter too much. they’re all incredible.

five iron frenzy. probably my favorite high school all time band. i hit them hard. i think the combination of reese roper’s high obnoxious voice melding with my prepubescent voice so well and the fact that they were so stinkin clever. their lyrics, sure, but their second of like seven albums was called “Our Newest Album Ever”. prossibly their best too. I still like five iron. i dont play them quite as often as i should probably. another lost artist amongst my unceasingly growing collection. plus they actually had some great Christian messages in their stuff too. plus they reference Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye in “Superpowers”. love that book. hilariously depressing. “good ole Ackley-boy.”

relient k. this one is embarassing to admit, but i, along with every other Christian high schooler, loved relient k. i’ll put them on occasionally (maybe once every six months) but they’re pretty much not a fav any longer, but i would be lying if i didnt include them. i wonder why they appeal to the high school crowd so much. i think its the fact that they’ve got fun happy Christ-centered lyrics…half the time…and the other half of the time they were screaming about nonsensical items. gibberish. thundercat. pink tuxedos. penny loafers. nancy drew. wonderful tracks for a high school Christian to listen to so as not to be embarassed in front of their friends for listening to a Christian artist. i’d say they cut about 30% Christian stuff, 40% nonsensical fun, and about 30% songs about their pathetic love lives.

n sync/justin timberlake. dirty pop anyone? it took me a long time to come to terms with the fact that i truly love boy bands. as a middle schooler i used to try and hide it. i’d listen to Mix 93.3 and Z95.7 on my walkman (which i wasn’t really allowed to do. my parents didnt quite like the “trash” on the radio. unless it was Oldies 95 between Thanksgiving and New Years.) i used to secretively listen to boy bands through high school. i slowly let a few people in the know that i was a boy band fan. since high school my love for boy bands has flourished (especially since learning that i have a gift for dancing/lip syncing. anyway. my favorite boy band is nsync, and lets be honest here. Justin Timberlake WAS ‘n sync (the only other person that you could fight that for was Lance Bass, but he was only big because the ladies thought he was hot…but since People Magazine revealed the “I’m Gay!” issue with Lance on the cover…that ship has sailed). Anyway. Now that they’re not around anymore, JT has continued the ‘n sync sound into his solo stuff…which tends to be more socially accepted by both genders giving me yet another outlet for expressing my love for boy bands. the only other boy band that i think even rivals ‘n sync is BBMack. But lets be honest here. ‘n sync gets the gold here with their Most Valuable Artist, JT. Plus its just really fun to dance to. especially if you know all the choreographed dance moves (Bye Bye Bye style). err. not that i do…

kanye west. if there is one artist i want to put out another cd sometime soon it is kanye. his first cd “College Dropout” won like a million awards or something and it is a toss up as to whether i like it or “Late Registration” more. kanye’s catchy songs makes him a shoe in for my one of my favorites. my LEAST favorite kanye song is that ridiculously popular song “Gold Digger” which was overplayed for no apparent reason other than that the American public likes songs that repeat the same catchy phrase over and over again. unfortunately i find that phrase annoying. Jamie Foxx does a good Ray Charles however, and the first time i heard that song i actually thought Ray Charles might’ve come back from the dead to help kanye on this track (not really. but i was rather confused as to how kanye got him to change the lyrics to Ray’s old song to fit the theme of “Gold Digger”. i initially decided that “Gold Digger” must’ve been Ray’s last recorded item before he died. thats how good Jamie Foxx was). But the latter section of “College Dropout” is terrific as is “Never Let Me Down” with Jay-Z and its predecessor “Jesus Walks” (God show me the way cause the devil’s tryin to bring me down). however, i have to say that overall, “Late Registration” takes it. I love that cd and basically put it in whenever i feel i need a pick-me-up. (either that or i pop in Gnarls). only thing i dont like about kanye is how he appears to be kind of a sellout and a little full of himself. he knows he’s good and i think it has kinda gone to his head. oh well. his work still makes me jive in my car for sure.

all american rejects. i must admit that the only reason i started listening to AAR in the first place was cause someone told me i look like the lead singer. which is kinda true. its in the hair, but that inspired me to love them. and i do. i am especially fond of lip-syncing to them in front of the mirror. tons of fun. the one thing that i think i like the most about AAR is their use of strings in their music. their violin/viola/chello usage enhances their songs wonderfully and makes me like them exponentially more than just because of their fun lyrics and their lead singer and i’s physical similarities. favorite track “Can’t Take It” off their second album “Move Along”. its a stringed filled break up song and i love to belt it. serious strain on my vocal chords too, which i absolutely love. high notes in songs = money for me.

jay-z. lets be honest here. “the black album” is the shizz. the entire thing gives me goosebumps at times. it has hit after hit after hit after hit. the entire line up is fantastic. the only understanding i had of jay-z before “the black album” was “Big Pimpin'”, and i didnt like that song in high school. i think its because i couldn’t imagine “cheese” as currency, but now that i’m familiar with the terminology – big fan. HOV’s newest album “Kingdom Come” has a few serious winners, but this is a different Jay-Z than from before. this is a 30-something dating Beyonce Jay-Z. not good ole Dead Presidents II Jay-Z. but i still love it. I think my favorite Jay-Z is when he is featured for other artists though. kanye uses him especially well. pretty much the momemt you put Jay-Z in a song – its good.

jars of clay. probably the band i’ve gotten the most spiritual significance out of in my life. their first self titled cd was one of the first ones i ever owned and i hated it when i first got it. it sat on my shelf for years before i took a real appreciation for it. i was just young and stupid. love the strings and love the lyrics. i really took hold of them when they put out their third and fourth cds “if i left the zoo” and “who we are instead”. two of my all time favorites for sure. i was probably also reluctant to start liking them because they’re 100% spiritual. they dont have that ridiculous crap that relient k and five iron throw in to make their cds goofy. jars of clay is all buisness, and i like that now. i haven’t listened to their newest cd “good monsters” nearly enough yet. maybe i’ll put that on now and get acquainted. (this just in. i’ve been listening to “Good Monsters” for the last 20 minutes and JOC has catipulted to a new level of importance on my list. never ceases to put an amazing impression on me.)

david crowder* band. jars of clay might’ve had the most spiritual significance of my life. but dc*b holds firmly that title for the last two years, and at this rate will probably pass JOC in a year or so. i have never been interested in the “worship artists”. not that i didnt like their music, but i hated how it would get over played in christian worship settings, so much that it started to lose its meaning. i always liked crowder’s stuff, but i had never allowed myself to get attached to it. that is until “A Collision” came out and when i went to Passion. i not only connected with his songs like crazy (and i’m a firm believer that seeing an artist play live will almost always love that artist significantly more), but i also gained some insight into what an amazing artist he truly is. “A Collision” is unbelievably good. He breaches so many genres too. he works his acoustic magic, but he loves incorporating some digitalized techno into it, and then he comes out with “B Collision” which is probably what landed dc*b on this list. this bluegrass b-sides to “A” is phenominal. plus the two live tracks on the end of “B” were recorded live in kc…and i was there. serious hype. i would also like to include that my most played iTunes playlist is undoubtedly “A + B = Collision.” i’m clever. admit it.

gnarls barkley. where on earth did cee-lo and danger mouse come from?! i mean that in both a “i’m shocked that these guys just randomly showed up and rocked the house (mine specifically” and in a “these fellas are truly strange and i really am uncertain of their backgrounds.” love their stuff though. when i went out to buy the cd, i’ll be honest, i bought it for “Crazy”. which is almost always an enormous mistake, that is, buying a cd because of one song. but what a pleasant surprise this album has been. they’re strange, thats for sure, but they’re delightfully strange. i think my two favorite attributes: cee-lo’s goofy whine of a voice and the fact that it makes me move my tukus something terrible. they’re catchy tunes that (i think) don’t get old. i’ve listened to “Crazy” 80-some times in the last 5 months. it gets the record for fastest rising tune probably. either that or MJ’s “Billie Jean”. Love the song. My favorite gnarls song though is “Smiley Face”. Track 5 if you have a burned copy of the cd and you dont know the track names. though the cd starts off stong with “Go-Go Gadget Gospel”, “Crazy” and such, i have to admit that their debut album, “St. Elsewhere”, tends to lose some steam in the latter half of the album. but i’ve listened to them so much in the last 6 months that i can’t help but add them to this list. i could probably sum it up the following way: catchy, fun, weird, and it makes me move my tukus. the end.

dc talk. the grand finale, indeed. my first cassette ever: dc talk “Free at Last”. my first cd ever: dc talk, “Free at Last”. I mean honestly. how can you go wrong with a christian rap trio of “two honks and a negro?” dont answer that actually, cause there are a lot of ways they could go wrong. but man oh man dc talk puts a smile on my face. probably because they have average rhyming and average rapping abilities, but man they wonderful (in kind of a laugh-while-you-rap-in-your-car sort of way). and as my buddy dan and i found out recently – dct kareoke is really great. i was kinda disappointed when they matured a little bit and slipped away from their rap roots. “Jesus Freak” just doesnt have the same feel as their previous stuff. granted it was their 4th of 5 albums so the majority of their stuff is still “rappish”, but i’m a little bummed that “Jesus Freak” is when they hit big…cause “Free at Last” is where it’s at: “Luv is a Verb”, “That Kinda Girl”, “Socially Acceptable”, “Time is…”, “Word 2 the Father” and they BEST EVER version of “Lean on Me” (props to my man Speedy). those are my top 5 dct songs probably. all off “F.A.L.” there is no other cd that deserves to go in my number one all time slot. any time you still listen to your first cassette/cd/both ever sill as regularly as i do now – then it deserves the top spot.

so there you go. that was more work than i anticipated it to be, but well worth my time probably. plus a little insight into my world…what makes me tick if you will (tick tick tick tock tickinnnnnn).

-ap.

>wait for the piano.

>this guy is pretty freaking awesome.
he doesnt know how to play the drums or the piano; he’s just an editing genius
the drums part is kinda neat, but once he comes in with the piano part i pretty much freak out. both because i love piano and because i love video/audio editing, and when the two come together i go bizonkers.


donktastic? yes. very much so.

>jesusland.

>i was taking a leisurely walk across campus this afternoon listening to Ben Folds on my mini pink iPod. the song “Jesusland” came on, and I’d heard it a million times before, but it really hit home this time.

the song is about wealthy Christians basically. comfortable Christians who seemingly could care less about those less fortunate just down the street from their own home. some of his statements are generalized, however, the setting he describes in his lyrics doesn’t appear to be too far off mark:

“take a walk/out the gate you go and never stop/past all the stores and wig shops/quarter in a cup for every block/and watch the buildings grow/smaller as you go…

“down the tracks…

“beautiful Mcmansions on a hill/that over look a highway/with riverboat casinos and you still/have yet to see a soul…

Jesusland.”

the music video features a ridiculous looking televangelist selling Miracle Water. “God wants U to live the GOOD life!” it also shows a serious difference in social class. Dozens of solemn faces are presented and they all appear to be hurting. in need of a miracle. there is one scene that truly breaks my heart. at the 2:38 mark, there is a woman dejectedly sitting on her bed and she has the wacko televangelist on behind her…and she never once looks at the screen. it shows her for about 10 seconds and she never glances at the screen. there is a man advertising “guaranteed miracles” in the name of God no more than 4 feet away from her, and she could care less.

granted this is an extreme and exaggerated (sort of) example, but what love are Christians truly bestowning upon the hurting? what picture do Christians paint to the masses about love? the similar Miracle Waters out there today may or may not be legit, but that’s not the point. the point is that when push comes to shove, and the desperate and hurting need a place to go, does the church make their list of options?

i feel like sometimes Christians want to give someone a bible and then sit back and hope it works, or Christians tell someone that it will be okay and then hope they’re right. is that compassion? is that love? the lady in her room on her bed. what does she need? she certainly doesn’t need someone to tell her everything will be fine. she need someone to show her.

Christians should be in their communities and in the inner cities just….loving. just talking to someone, showing that they care and showing that Jesus is someone who loves. Jesus isn’t someone who sits in his house and wishes them well. he goes to them and loves on them personally. that’s what Christians need to be doing.

Ben Folds and i think so at least.

-ap.

>i dont want a lot this christmas….

>confession:
my favorite christmas song is ‘all i want for christmas’ by mariah carey.

rather minty? yes. but it has all the makings of a song i love: stocattoed piano, gentlemenly ooh’s and aah’s, mass amounts of sleigh bells, and, of course, remarkably high notes that i can still match with my own slightly prepubescent voice.

i haven’t listened to it nearly enough this christmas season (granted it is only the 9th of december and we still have plenty of christmastime ahead of us), but i usually take advantage of this season to play my favorite tune a plethora of times. it is unfortunate, however, that i have not been left with an abundance of seclusion since the lights went up on the houses…probably due to the fact that i’ve driven the focus like three times in the last two weeks.

living so close to campus and within walking distance of aggieville has its advantages, one of which is undoubtedly limited gas consumption. i walk everywhere and i love it. in fact, since thanksgiving break, i’ve ventured out in my vehicle three times: once to walmart because i felt it necessary to purchase lightbulbs, black cherry vanilla coke, and 2.5 pounds ofa bananas. the other two times were to drive over to bethany’s house for one reason or another (one of the two reasons was to watch the second pirates of the carribean movie. sucked royally).

not venturing out in the focus has been infinitely easier for me to do since one of my friends (jessica greening) decided to write “HOTT :)” and “SEXY <3"

oh right. so since my most common moment of seclusion comes in my vehicle, i’ve borderline neglected my favorite christmas tune. sad times. i intend to resurrect mariah in the coming weeks. hopefully my voice can take it. i’m not too terribly worried about it. maybe if you’re lucky you’ll get a listen…but dont count on it. i dont just let anyone hear me belt it out.

that having been said i’m going to get back to studying for finals. yeah college.

-ap.

REVIEW: future sex/love sounds.

REVIEW: futuresex/lovesounds.

adam paul cooper’s official review of justin timberlake’s second masterpiece, futuresex/lovesounds, is finally here. i apologize for the wait, it has been over a month since i purchased it, but i didn’t want to throw this at you before i had listened to the entire thing multiple times through. make myself aware of the catchy faders, the sleepers, and the all around incredibles. i feel that i finally have a tackle on it. so here it is.
FSLS
FurtureSex/LoveSounds – Justin Timberlake
Jive Records – 09/12/06
1. futuresex/lovesound: what a tight song 1. kicks off abruptly but works through the first verse slowly. which is nice. but ‘wait a second’. that one phrase, in my mind, kicks off the cd. this song causes some serious dashboard djimbe-ing in my vehicle and thats all i ask from a start-me-up song. this song is also fun to practice ‘the robot’ to.oh snap and just like in the song – you thought i was done. but i’ve got a whole chorus left in me. just tell me which way you like that. and a sick transition into…

2. sexyback:
the single. the majority of the justin- and popular-radio-listening public had already based their opinions of this cd off of solely this song. little do they know that this is, by far, not the best song on the cd. what a pleasent surprise. its catchy and makes me move my tookus. its a typical club song. though remarkably repetitive and not terribly complex, this song does, in fact, put a serious smile on my face as well as create a wonderful life phrase for those in tune with current pop culture. bringing sexy back? please. its been brought.

3. sexy ladies/let me talk to you prelude:
not a fan of sexy ladies. well i am. just not the song. its a slow jam and it really doesnt make me want to dance (which is the main reason for buying this cd. i’ll be honest). i bob my head and maybe sway from side to side but over all i’m kinda disappointed with this song. the 3-spot has so much potential. however, we get the first sample of the next-song-intro-theme that jt decides to incorporate on this cd. the ‘let me talk to you prelude’ was well done. the percussion appears to have been played on empty soda bottles, and just when you are about to get bored with it…

4. my love:
bam. we’re back to old school jt. this song most resembles ‘justified’ i think. eh. maybe not. i guess there’s a little techno goin on still, but its our first sample of some usual jt sound. i’m a huge fan of ‘my love’. dancing ensues. it helps that i’m a big fan of fast lyrics and t.i. lands a sick rap at the 3 minute mark. i’m in the process of learning all the words so i can impress my friends at the next dance party i host. one of my favorite songs on the cd. i give it the bronze.

5. love stoned/i think she knows interlude:
HAY! this is my favorite song on the cd; i’m pretty confident in that statement. i love the verses and the chorus. “she looks like a model, except she’s got a little more AHH.” seriously who doesnt like it? speak up. we’ll rumble. there really isn’t anything negative possible to say about this. the background ohhs and ahhs are tight. the beatboxing is money. the sounds-like-there-are-multiple-justins-singing effect is in full effect and i love it. plus jt just yells randomly a few times. HOT DAMN! then cue the lil guitar solo. big fan of this song. then break it down into song 6 via some serious strings. take it down a couple notches…i think that she knows…i think that she knows…and we’re chill.

6. what goes around…/…comes around interlude:
also called “the lament of justin timberlake”. don’t take this song to the club. this song reminds me a lot of ‘cry me a river’ off his freshman works. you even get low moaning during the interlude similar to that of the monk-sounding tones on track five of ‘justified’ . some subtle strings and justin’s soothing falsetto make this song a real tear-jerker. i like it’s place on the cd as well, a good transition from the single-worthy songs into the dry section of most cds. song six is a crucial cd location. a good song six can launch the listener into the remainder of the cd. i feel ‘what goes around…’ is a winner.

7. chop me up:
initially this song did not fall under the “i like this song” category. but the more i listen to it i realize that it is solely because it isn’t much jt. lots of timba. lots of three-6. not a lot of jt – and initially i didnt like it, but this song has jumped the fence. i dont really like the super-low-slo-mo-sounding voice that says “chop me up” and “screwed up”, but three-6 mafia is actually pretty impressive. in fact, this song strikes me a little chris brown. and i like that.

8. damn girl:
this song is disappointing. with a title like “damn girl” i expected quite a bit. i wanted a “DeeeeeAAAAAAAMN GUUUUUUURRL”…but i got more of a “that is slightly impressive, girl” vibe. disappointing to say the least, but that doesnt make this a bad song. simply didnt live up to expectations. similar to my school grades. not my favorite. on a scale from ‘my humps’ to ‘smells like funk’ i think i’d give it a ‘don’t phunk with my heart’.

9. summer love/set the mood prelude:
the cd reaches a low point here. this is probably my least favorite song on futuresex/lovesounds. weak lyrics. weak beat. but a fitting location on the cd to hide an average-at-best song. BUT the set the mood prelude. wow. really beautiful and truly does “set the mood” for song ten. i’m tempted to just start this song at the 4:13 mark when the prelude begins. ‘lil asian jingle. ‘lil snaps. ‘lil oohs.

10. until the end of time:
oooh we’re bringin it down some more. you thought we were chill at track 6? how about a little slow-song treat? grab a lady/fella’s hand and prepare to couple skate, folks. ‘until the end of time’ hits me a lot like 98 degrees. justin has the benjamin wright orchestra in on this number. beautiful. if i had a girl to make out with, i’d light some candles and put on this money song. hawt.

11. losing my way:
this song is a winner as well (seems to be a trend at this point). it starts slow, and i’ll be honest, it starts as an average tune. but then the gospel choir joins in and i long for the last twenty seconds when i get to hear them go nearly acca pella.

12. (another song) all over again:
if there is any question as to whether or not justin timberlake is an incredible artist – listen to this. wow. this song completes the turn around from dance mix to glorious love songs. what the cd name alludes to this song completes. the transformation from sexy to lovely. i’ve been wanting this type of singing from justin for quite some time. i know i’ve already chosen a favorite, but this song is so vastly different that i feel its okay to have two. this song is a favorite. this is all justin. no beatboxing, no techno, no ‘featuring timbaland or three-6 mafia or t.i.’ to be found here. his maturity as an artist is so obvious with ‘all over again’. ‘jt’ is now ‘mr. timberlake’, and this song is 100% mr. timberlake. it is a wonderful finish to an entertaining, yet a beautiful album.

thats what i got. if you dont have this cd, buy it. now. justin came through big time with his sophomore cd. this cd is money – way better than i ever expected it to be. go buy it. i dont care if you dont have the bones to pay for it. go give plasma and then go straight to the best buy opening in ‘hattan next friday.

-ap.