Justin Timberlake review – pop's constant dancer grows old gracefully

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Some scoffed at his Man of the Woods project, but its country-soul proves a classy way for the Tennessee boy to enter the next phase of his pop career

Being in a boy band might be the time of your life, for a while, but after a few years the whole thing starts to look like a parable for human mortality. Sure, your voice might endure, but your body won’t keep dancing like that, and your fans will only ever span a single generation; like an iPhone or David Davis, obsolescence is built in.

So, what if you do want to keep dancing? It’s the conundrum facing Justin Timberlake, 37, whose time in boyband N*Sync was followed by a hugely successful and credible solo career that has faltered a little of late with 2013’s bloated The 20/20 Experience and new album Man of the Woods, lampooned by critics for his anti-metropolitan switch from suits to plaid.

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