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Justin Timberlake’s unfettered, confident new album

Justin Timberlake was in his mid-20s the last time he put out an album. He’s 32 now — married and sporting a pompadour that suits a man partial to skinny ties and tweed vests — and his maturity is undeniable when you hear how assured his latest album is.

“The 20/20 Experience,” which will be released on March 19 after a crush of publicity, exists in its own bubble, the kind of album that comes with, well, experience. Working again with longtime producer Timbaland, Timberlake sounds unbound from expectations and even out of sync with what passes for a Top 10 hit at the moment.

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