Note ~ This is a sponsored shop which reflects my personal experience.
I love to listen to music in just about any variety. Even though I had heard of Justin Timberlake and seen him in a few films (Friends with Benefits and In Time), I somehow had missed really hearing him sing. My curiosity was peeked when I heard about his recent appearance on Saturday Night Live as host and performing a selection from his new album, The 20/20 Experience. Having the opportunity to go purchase a copy of the album and then share about it on the blog was the push I needed to join the masses who’ve had a “Justin Timberlake experience.”
Now, it isn’t that I was avoiding his albums. Rather, since the boys were born, I stopped listening to the music stations playing the current popular music. Even though there might be some great artists I would miss hearing, I just couldn’t stomach the risk of the boys hearing a bunch of inappropriate talk from the DJs. So, I made the switch to either a Christian radio station or listening to one of the many kids CDs we began to acquire. The downside of that is my cultural literacy became dependent upon who might appear on the Today Show.
And, it is from the Today Show that I heard about Justin Timberlake’s appearance on Saturday Night Live with a TON of ‘old timers’ who I loved to watch in their day. Seeing several of the clips had me wanting to watch that episode which then turned into reality when NBC re-aired it the following Saturday night (at a time I’m normally up!) And that became the domino effect which lead me to visit my local Walmart with money in my wallet to purchase a copy of The 20/20 Experience.
Buying The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake Can Be Harder than It Looks
I was told that the album would be released on Tuesday, March 19th and might even have special signage in Walmart. I wasn’t sure if it would just be a regular new release sign, an end cap display that would draw the eye, or even a big sign indicating the special sale price of $7. I found none of those options.
Instead, I had to engage my treasure hunting skills and perseverance to acquire a CD. On Tuesday evening, while the older boys were up the road at Boy Scouts, I had to first hunt down an associate to even ask who could help me find the elusive new release. As he had no idea, I had to patiently stand there while he went in search of someone who started their shift earlier than him to see what the situation might be. The response that came back surprised me a little.
I was almost expecting to hear that the shipment hadn’t made it to Alaska in time for the release date. That’s a plausible scenario and I’ve even heard of rough seas pulling down crates from a cargo ship so that no one can enjoy the items inside. Nothing so dramatic in this case. Instead, I found out that they have one person who stocks all the CDs and they hadn’t been into work. So, I was asked to call in the morning and see if things were being stocked.
I waited until after lunch on Wednesday to make that call. After all, I figure that would give them plenty of time to start opening boxes. And, the call had an associate for electronics tell me that the CDs were there and ready for purchase. With anticipation, I hopped into my minivan and drove on over to pick up my copy along with a Veggie Tales DVD for J’s Easter basket and some stir-fry veggies I needed for dinner.
Upon entering the electronics department, I noticed an older gentleman sitting near the checkout. There was a giant pile of boxes nearby which I paid little attention to at the time. Instead, I went looking on the CD aisle with the thought of quickly grabbing my copy and heading on my way. It wasn’t in the new release area. It wasn’t in the $7 CD area. And, it wasn’t on any end caps. Frustration was starting to set in at this time.
I made my way over to the gentleman on his stool and inquired about finding someone that could help me. He shared that he’s a greeter and was placed there for theft deterrent. But, being a helpful guy, he would help me find an associate. We didn’t have to go far as one walked by with a customer. So, I patiently waited for him to finish and spent a little time chatting with the greeter. Once the associate came to assist me, it didn’t take long to find the 20/20 Experience. It was in a box on the top of that big pile. And, the box WAS specially marked as time sensitive material with a release date of 3/19/13.
If I wasn’t asked to purchase it AT Walmart for this shop, I could have had it in hand that first night as I saw it near the checkout counter at a coffee house. I just would have paid the full retail price to get it. You can see my entire shopping experience in this Google + album.
Who knew it would be so challenging to willingly part with my money to buy what might be the next hit CD?
The 20/20 Experience CD by Justin Timberlake
Once I sent the boys down to bed, I excitedly opened my brand new CD and popped it into my computer. I figured I could listen to it while doing some more mundane tasks (like clearing my email and catching up with friends on Facebook.) Even though I had heard one of the songs from the collection, I wasn’t entirely sure how I would enjoy the album. Opening the case, I took as a good sign the more ‘old fashioned’ look of the CD itself (like a LP.) The leaflet inside didn’t contain lyrics, so I couldn’t make any prejudgments from that.
I decided to make some notes as I listened so I could remember which songs I might have liked the most or my impressions on the songs.
First off, I have to admit that by multitasking with my listening, I did not really focus heavy on the lyrics. Instead, it was more about the underlying musical style for me. And, while I can not claim to like all of the pieces equally, I did enjoy several of them. I can’t quite put my finger on the underlying thread for the music. However, I can say that some (e.g. Don’t Hold the Wall) had distinct flavors all their own (in this case an Indian influence mixed with more of a hop.) I especially liked the beat of Strawberry Bubblegum and could see myself doing some cleaning while listening to that track.
Compared to many collections I’ve owned in the past, the individual songs on this disc are on the longer side. I’m used to most songs going for about 3 to 4 minutes. On this album, you’ll find each track lasting closer to 7 minutes. That means all the JT fans can enjoy the music for over an hour with the 10 selections playing in succession.
What I have not done yet is have the boys all listen to give their opinions. I have a feeling that Justin Timberlake is more appealing to the teenaged girls we know than my boys. Although, I did hear one of the boys say he thought Suit & Tie was an okay piece. If the CD had the Vegan Shake from Saturday Night Live, then I know my crew would be listening as one of them really enjoyed it.
Grab Your Own Copy of The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake
If this is on your wish list and you like a deal, then Walmart is where you’ll want to go. For the first week post release (until March 24th), they have a special price of $7 instead of the tagged $11.99 price that the CDs have on them. While I might have had some challenges in buying the CD, I did not encounter any difficulty with the sale price ringing up at the register. If you don’t want to travel out to buy a copy, then order The 20/20 Experience online.
Taking The 20/20 Experience by Justin Timberlake to Social Media
If you want to connect with Justin Timberlake and other fans of his, then these links are for you!
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