On Tuesday, Justin Timberlake announced his fourth studio album, Man of the Woods, set to release on Feb. 2. Now, RCA Records has shared more details on the release.
Alongside information on the album’s lead single, RCA Records also released the album artwork, which appears to be in a similar style of Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo, with an image of Timberlake torn in two. The top half depicts the artist somberly looking out as he poses in front of a dense forest wearing a black suit. The bottom half, we can speculate, is a version of his former self, dressed in ripped, acid-washed jeans and a flannel shirt. What seems to be a polaroid cut-out holds the title of the album, Man Of The Woods, written on the bottom in free-form handwriting, all this enclosed by a thick border of orange. See for yourself below.
What can we expect from this new album itself? First and foremost, listener acclaim. With Timberlake’s past three albums (Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience) having gone platinum or multi-platinum worldwide, it isn’t hard to imagine that his forthcoming album will be a smash hit across the billboards. Other things we can expect from the talented singer is what he described in his album trailer as an expression of himself and of where he’s come from. The artist, born in 1981 in Memphis, Tenn., seems to be taking inspiration from a deeply rural area of the country, out of which great music has often come. His teaser provided us glimpses into his mind, where we could see open fields with horses and images of the artist walking through tall grass. It is safe to expect that Man Of The Woods will be different from anything we’ve heard out of Timberlake yet.
Presale for Timberlake’s new album begins Jan. 5, alongside the release of his new single “Filthy,” the video for which was directed by award-winner Mark Romanek. Timberlake will put out three more music videos in the run-up to the album, each from a different director. Those songs will be released weekly, starting on Jan. 18. Collaborations for the album most notably include: country music star Chris Stapleton, Alicia Keys, two-man producing group The Neptunes (consisting of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams) and (not surprisingly) Timbaland.
Target is set to carry an exclusive version of the album, featuring a unique cover art, poster and a digital download code. For now, we have to wait until Jan. 5, when Timberlake’s single debuts, to find out more about the artist’s new-found sound and inspiration. From the looks of it, however, it seems like this new album will be Timberlake’s most ambitious project to date.