In todays New York Times, music critic Kelefa Sanneh presents a curious overview of the current male pop musician, complete with an in-depth and slightly sardonic critique of Justin Timberlakes new track, SexyBack.
There is a woman in this story: a dirty babe, according to Mr. Timberlake. (Naturally, the epithet sounds more appealing when he sings it.) But shes a minor character, upstaged by the dirty babe behind the microphone. And not just upstaged: the more he sings, the more Mr. Timberlake sounds as if hes campaigning to replace her.
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