Based on what we’ve heard thus far, Justin Timberlake’s new “Man of the Woods” album is not going to disappoint. He’s released three tracks from the album and the latest is a song called “Say Something,” featuring country musician Chris Stapleton. There’s a music video to accompany the song’s release, and trust us — it’s a must-see.
“Say Something” has a different feel compared to the previously released “Filthy” and “Supplies,” one that’s perhaps truer to his Tennessee roots. After all, that’s kind of what the latest “Man of the Woods” is all about — a returning home. It’s Justin, as you’ve never seen him before.
“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever written — where I’m from. And it’s personal,” he said in a video introducing the album.
The “Say Something” video features Timberlake in the historic Bradbury Building in Los Angeles, riding an elevator to different floors. On each floor, he encounters more musicians, including Stapleton. Eventually, the elevator reaches the bottom floor, and Stapleton and Timberlake meet in the middle, each strumming a guitar.
The video’s powerful finish will give you chills (that can’t just be us, right?):
Incredible, right? Even more impressive is that the video was shot live. La Blogotheque, the film company that shot the video, tweeted details about filming:
17 musicians, a 60 people choir, 5 floors, 2 elevators, 1 camera and so many microphones: it’s @JTimberlake and @ChrisStapleton's new video clip, shot live by La Blogothèque at the amazing Bradbury Building in Los Angeles. https://t.co/FXpX4F7LBb
— La Blogotheque (@blogotheque) January 25, 2018
The lyrics feature this line “everybody says say something that says something,” and this video and song seems to be Timberlake’s way of speaking his truth. He sings “sometimes the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all,” but a song like this speaks magnitudes. Although, it’s not exactly clear what Timberlake is providing commentary on, that’s part of the beauty of the song — you can apply a meaning that’s empowering to you.
Fans seem to be loving the latest music video and song to come from Timberlake. Twitter was flooded with words of praise to the two musicians. “Unreal,” one fan wrote in response to the video:
— Brandon Martin (@BranMart) January 25, 2018
Another called the song “super inspiring”:
So Timberlake has definitely succeeded in getting everyone hyped for his full album release, and fingers crossed we’ll be seeing more of Stapleton and Timberlake together. At, say, the upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show, for instance? We can only hope!
And if you can’t get enough of his latest sound, be sure to check Timberlake out when he goes on tour, too. It’s sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience to see songs like these performed live.