8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
If you were disappointed with volume one this one was made with you in mind,
This review is from: The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2 [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
I read a few reviews from critics saying part 2 of 20/20 was dull and too long compared to part 1 and that Justin had kept all his 'left offs' for this album. I would really like to know what these people were listening to because I got the exact opposite impression.
I am a really big Justin fan but was a little disappointed with 20/20 part 1. Outside of 'Mirrors' I found the songs were too long and largely uninteresting leaving much to be desired. I didn't want to keep the album on repeat like 'Justified' and 'Futuresex/Lovesound'.
When I found out there was a part 2 I crossed my fingers that the better stuff had been kept for volume 2. 'Take Back the Night' certainly indicated this was going to be the case, and when 'TKO' dropped I knew volume 2 was going to be a winner.
I'm glad to say I was right and while the album does get off to a rough start (Gimme What I Don't Know I Want and True Blood are the weakest tracks) from 'Cabaret' the songs get a little more infectious, toe tapping and awe inspiring. The country tinged 'Drink You Away' is one of the talking points of this album, an inevitable exploration of Justin's Tennessee roots, and a very good one at that. 'Amnesia' was a turning point for me which is like the 'Lovestoned/I Think She Knows' of this album and was my favourite of the album along with 'Not a Bad Thing' which is just one of those ridiculously catchy songs you want to keep playing over and over. For the ballad lovers you'll love the hidden track 'Wings' which is little more than guitar and strings, a pleasant change to the piano ballads from previous albums.
I didn't care much for the bonus tracks on the deluxe version this time around and not worth the extra money in my opinion unless you're a really die hard fan.
All in all, if radio friendly, infectious Justin is what you craved this volume hits the spot a lot better than volume one!