The newest single from JT’s The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 is TKO, in which Justin gets knocked down by a toxic relationship.
The verses in particular are very lyrically developed – “everyday in training to get the gold/that’s why your body’s crazy/but you can’t run from yourself” – but it doesn’t hit as hard musically as Mirrors, Suit & Tie or the recent, Michael Jackson-infused pop delight that is Take Back The Night.
There just isn’t a big, fantastic hook here, likely due to the reliance on Timbaland’s beats instead. The song sounds less like a move forward, as the previous songs from The 20/20 Experience have done, and more like a retreat back to FutureSex/LoveSounds and Timbaland’s Shock Value.
Of course, the song was only premiered yesterday – it may just be a slow grower.