Album review: Timbaland's 'Shock Value 2'
For anyone who scratched their soul patch in confusion at the mega-producer’s outing with former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell, the cameo from Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on "Tomorrow in the Bottle" will feel oddly familiar. Not even the frequent Timbaland-tweaking prankster Trent Reznor could have dreamed a Miley Cyrus collaboration actually might happen -- yet it's here, and it might be the cheapest-sounding track in Timbaland's catalog.
He fares better when his past clients lend a hand. Justin Timberlake has a goofy good time on "Carry Out," and Nelly Furtado’s glassy-eyed lines on "Morning After Dark" are just loopy enough to work. The Australian rockers Jet add unexpected and woozy psych folk to "Timothy Where You Been."
For Timbaland fans pining for previous hits like Aaliyah's "Are You That Somebody?" or Furtado's "Say It Right," "Shock Value 2" is a weak cocktail.
"Shock Value 2"
Two stars (Out of four)
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