The Rundown: Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience

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"Strawberry Bubblegum"

The second longest song on the album at eight minutes, but here every second is well used. The lyrics can again approach the prosaic — "Don't ever change your flavor 'cause I love the taste" — but the music and melodies are anything but. There are two movements here, the first recalling Prince at his creepiest, while the second spills Stevie, with a joyful Rhodes melody riding a moog bass line. There's even a sly NSYNC reference ("pop!").  It all adds up to the album's funkiest moment.

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