Pass Or Play? Justin Timberlake Pays Homage To MJ And Takes Over NYC For “Take Back The Night”

July 30, 2013  |  

With songs like this, Justin is about to have me thirsty for The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 when it drops on September 30. Sounding like something inspired by Michael Jackson’s whole Off The Wall and pieces of Thriller, “Take Back The Night” is a groove worthy Thank-God-It’s-Friday (too bad it’s only Tuesday) feel-good jam. Produced by Timbaland with help from Timberlake and J-Roc, it is the lead single from Timberlake’s second helping of the 20/20 Experience, and the video for it was directed by Jeff Nicholas, Jonathan Craen and Darren Craig. In it, Timberlake can be seen driving an old-school car around the NYC streets at night, and then eventually getting out to have a pop-lock battle with a little boy before joining a crowd of clubgoers at an underground spot. There are also clips from his performance at Yankee’s Stadium a few weeks back when he debuted the song while making stops on his “Legends of the Summer” tour with Jay Z. JT’s still got the moves, and the vocals are smooth as he mimics some of MJ’s hottest collaborations with Quincy Jones (check out the horns, the strings, and the “Take it ooooover!” part).

While it’s not the most exciting video you’ll see this year, by keeping things simple, it allows the track to shine through the most. Check out the video for yourself and let us know if you think it’s worth a play, or if you’re trying to pass it.

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  • scandalous7

    Justin Timberlake(Take back the night), Robin Thick(blurred lines),Bruno Mars (Treasure), Daff Punk (Get lucky), Ariana Grande (the way)……im loving these old school vibes creeping their way back to mainstream ……i am so loving this trend, back to real music instead of that stupid electro dance house pop sht…ughhh, so repetitive and annoying. The only band I except in that genre is Swedish house mafia but they broke up so wah wah. Hope it stays this way.

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  • Jenn

    Play, play, play all day! It’s already on my iPod.

  • rainydaze80

    I’m not a fan of JT but this a definite play!

  • anonymouse

    I pass on anything that’s associated with justin timberfake

    • scandalous7

      why, enlighten me

      • anonymouse

        well, I don’t like him personally. I think that he uses Black people, sound, and culture when it’s convenient.The thing with Janet Jackson really sealed it for me; he just hung her out to dry when he was equally responsible for what happened. I also can’t stand his watered down version of r&b and people acting like it’s the best thing ever.

        • scandalous7

          Fair enough

  • Amarossa

    play!…i like the old school vibes…could definitely jam in a house party!

  • lili

    Play! Love the song! the video though….pass.

  • lili

    Play! Love the song! the video though….pass.

  • Alecia Murphy

    Play. I love the throwback vibes people are putting out this summer. Breezy, fun, and electric slide worthy.