Timbaland Presents Shock Value

// May 28th, 2019 // Justin Timberlake
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Timbaland is already acknowledged as one of music’s most inventive and distinctive creators. Yet the artist/producer’s forthcoming album, just his second solo album, promises to shock the world. Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Mosley Music Group/Blackground/Interscope) is set for release April 3, 2007. The first single, ‘Give It To Me,’ featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado. ‘My mission is to blow up the boundaries and tear down the limits,’ says Timbaland. I’m taking my music outside of the box. I’m not getting away from what I’m known for; I’m just going to a place where it’s all about the music, not about the labels on the music. That’s why I call it Shock Value–from the artists to the production, it will shock the system. Guests include Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtadio, Jay-Z, Fall Out Boy, Nicole Scherzinger (PCD), Snoop Dogg, Lil’ Wayne, Twista, She Wants Revenge, The Hives, Keri Hilson, Elton John and more. This is the explict version.When the most exciting producer in pop music himself puts out a CD, the thrill is in the discovery: The world may have already suspected that Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, and a small army of other singers owed 75% of their fame to the stockpile of skittering beats Timbaland built and then graciously set them upon, but here’s a chance to prove it. Or it might have been in less welcoming hands. Shock Value is a far-reaching and ambitious disc; a masterpiece, even, in its own way. But it’s not at all self-centered. If there’s a point being put across here, it’s that Timbaland came by your vote as behind-the-scenes musical man of the hour honestly: pair him with Fall Out Boy or the Strokes, and he will not only provide tracks that surprise you by maintaining their rock ‘n’ roll integrity, he will also convince you that shimmer’s role in rock music has, to now, been tragically misguided and miniscule. Re-team him with Timberlake and Furtado (for the near-flawless track “Give It to Me”) and he will again trade vocal bites, but they will still be nibbly, not voracious. In a CD full of experiments and puzzles (why is Elton John just piano-playing, not singing? And how did the L.A. band One Republic end up on this disc?) a single truth emerges: Timbaland’s taste is impeccable, but his judgment is even better. Shock Value, by virtue of its swirly beats and mesmerizing rhythms, will bring him a smidge closer to the spotlight. But because it’s a disc of collaborations, he’ll retain the shadowy-genius reputation that precedes him, and that he so richly deserves. –Tammy La Gorce

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3 Responses to “Timbaland Presents Shock Value”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A Breath of Fresh Air I admit that I was drawn to give this music collection of Shock Value by Timbaland a try because of the positive message in The Way I Are by Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson, Sebastian, and D.O.E of loving someone regardless of the amount of money they make. Fortunately my husband and I have always had a marriage that withstands fluctuating incomes yet for whatever reason The Way I Are still resonates with my soul years later (my husband and I first started to listen to this song around 2007)…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tim’s been my favorite producers since his first collaboration with Magoo dropped (Timbaland & Magoo: Welcome to our world). Although, in my opinion, he has never matched his original classics (Up Jumps Da Boogie, Pony, and Love to Love you) he always seem to deliver the goods. Timbaland’s last true solo album (Timbaland’s: Bio) was a hit but didn’t receive much commercial recognition (as is the case with all of his “solo” releases). The album was so good in fact; it introduced soon to be super…

  3. Anonymous says:

    Now, I’m not going to say I didn’t like the album. I did like it. But, I just do not feel Timbaland let loose enough.I think he is a wild stallion, but it just felt like something was pulling back on the reins, something was MISSING.I can’t put my finger on it, but felt this album was…Too controlled to offer an SHOCK to me.I wanted a cut loose RAW BEAT album.I was satisfied, but being satisfied means the content was just satisfactory. I want to be satiated. I hope…

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