"SexyBack"

For the first single from a pop superstar's new album, the Timbaland-produced "SexyBack" is as odd as it gets – a thunderstorm of synth pulses underneath Timberlake vocals rendered alien by pitch-shifting, distortion and Lance Bass knows what else. But as Timbaland chimes in with a chant of "Get your sexy on," it's easier to accept the song – if not the transformation of "sexy" from adjective to noun.

This story is from the August 10th, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone.

From The Archives Issue 1006: August 10, 2006