Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2013) {Deluxe Edition} [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2013) {Deluxe Edition}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:19:19 minutes | 900 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front cover | © RCA Records Label

Once Justin Timberlake finished touring in support of FutureSex/LoveSounds, music making slid to the side as acting, endorsing, investing, and talent grooming took precedence. The few appearances from 2007 through 2012 — through collaborations with Madonna, Duran Duran, 50 Cent, Ciara, and new jack ballad mode Lonely Island, often in partnership with Timbaland — confirmed that the cutting edge was not his concern. Aligning with the Neptunes in 2002 and with Timbaland in 2006 were not bold creative risks either, but working with Timbaland once more makes it plain that Timberlake wanted to remain within his comfort zone. Along with co-producer Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon and fellow songwriter James Fauntleroy, the Tims have made a refined and distended follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds. Seventy minutes in duration, it’s only four minutes longer but contains two fewer songs and maybe half as many ideas. Opener “Pusher Love Girl” sets the tone for the program; the first three of its eight minutes would make for an elegant sweet-soul introduction, but Timberlake’s extended drug-metaphor testimonial over a flat, faintly shifting beat dulls the mind rather than hypnotizes it. “Strawberry Bubblegum” recalls a time when groups like the S.O.S. Band and 52nd Street released extended mixes of club ballads, though the bottom isn’t as thick, and it comes with three bonus minutes of Sly Stone-style rhythm box puttering that facilitates more metaphorical macking. Around its 5:20 mark, “Mirrors” switches from an ideally shaped heartfelt ballad of devotion into a slog. By the seventh drifting minute, it prompts questions like “Is this where the stage hands will change sets?” and “Is this actually about himself?” Few songs are dynamic enough to justify their length. “Let the Groove Get In,” something like a modernized hybrid of Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” and Lionel Richie’s “All Night Long,” is undeniably festive. The relatively raw soul throwback “That Girl” adds a slight Southern touch and does not wander. “Suit & Tie,” a lighthearted and goofily dashing throwback, serves the same flirty dancefloor purpose as “Rock Your Body,” drawing from early- to mid-’70s soul instead of late-’70s disco-funk. Timberlake referred to the song, the lead single, as “just the wink.” It’s far from the only one here — a pleasant and grown but tedious release from a charismatic entertainer and exceptional vocal arranger who is not a great recording artist. (more…)

The Velvet Underground – Loaded – 45th Anniversary (1970/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Velvet Underground – Loaded – 45th Anniversary (1970/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 55:30 minutes | 2,06 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Rhino Atlantic

Loaded is the Velvet Underground’s fourth studio album. In 2003 the record was listed at #109 inRolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time! This was the last Velvet Underground recording to feature Lou Reed before he began his solo career. Loaded features singles “Sweet Jane,” “Rock & Roll” and more great tracks! (more…)

Kasabian – Empire (2006) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Kasabian – Empire (2006)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:05:40 minutes | 782 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front cover | © Columbia

Empire is the second album by British rock band Kasabian, released in August 2006. The album went on to No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart upon its release and was preceded by the release of new single “Empire” on 24 July 2006. According to Tom Meighan in an interview on the album with the NME in early 2006, “Empire” is a word used by the band to describe something that is good. As of 3 May 2017 the album has sold over 800,000 copies in the band’s home country of the UK. (more…)

Various Artists – re-works Piano (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Various Artists – re-works Piano (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:08:16 minutes | 692 MB | Genre: Electronic, Piano
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Decca

Electronic music luminaries, including Cagedbaby, Vito Gatto and Dusty Kid, remix classic piano works in this innovative album from Decca. This eclectic mix of downtempo, loungey beat-driven takes on composers from Pachelbel and Bach to Chopin and Satie, bringing new life to these great classics.