"Better Not Together"

"All the time, I was loving you faithfully/And you took my love/And you turned it around on me" sings Justin Timberlake. The cuckold's revenge ballad is a Timberlake specialty, but this newly leaked track is a lesser effort – it's rumored to be an outtake, and sounds it, rather than a teaser from Timberlake's upcoming album, which is due later this year. The neo-soul-flavored production (lotsa Fender Rhodes) fails to grab the attention; Timberlake's falsetto vocals drift past, pleasantly but without making much impact. "Cry Me a River" it ain't.

This story is from the March 5th, 2009 issue of Rolling Stone.


From The Archives Issue 1073: March 5, 2009
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