Justin Timberlake teased his comeback earlier this month when he released a one-minute trailer to his upcoming album ‘Man Of The Woods’. In the teaser, he teased a more country direction. “This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever written, where I’m from. And it’s personal,” Justin says in the video. “It feels so earthy,” he says. “It’s just where you are in your life right now.” So, we were surprised to hear that the star’s lead single ‘Filthy’ is anything but country.

For the album’s lead single, Timberlake heads out into a heavy electronic direction paired up with rock elements which make the track edgy and, truthfully, bizarre. Although the production is electric and Justin does step outside the box, something he has done with every lead single he’s released so far, it sets a weird tone for the era. The futuristic sound sounds rather dated and the lyrical content isn’t strong enough to make an impact – something the singer enjoys. ‘Filthy’ is definitely a risk – one we’re not entirely sure paid off..

The song was produced by Timberlake’s long-time collaborator Timbaland alongside Danja. In an interview, Danja explains why the song isn’t the country track we thought we were going to get from the star. “You know, he’s always mixing a lot of different things together. It’s always funk, R&B, soul, hip-hop, country—he definitely is very, like you said, personal in terms of subject matter and the feeling of it and the essence of the project will have some of those grassroots element,” he says. ‘Man Of The Woods’ released everywhere on the 2nd of February. However, Justin has revealed that he will be releasing three new songs ahead of the release which is a smart decision considering the lacklustre lead single.

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