The renaissance of Justin Timberlake’s solo career has been something of a transition for the former boyband star. With Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake established that he could continue on as a pop star in his own right — but The 20/20 Experience aims for adulthood and maturity, both sonically and in subject matter. “Mirrors” and “Suit & Tie” both sought a more contemporary, jazz-infused sound, and the rest of the record played with experimental instrumental breakdowns, gospel, and doo-wop. For the most part, it worked, and Justin was able to ascend into a new, more grown-up phase of his career. The follow-up second volume of the record wasn’t as critically lauded as its predecessor, but revealed that Timberlake and his constant collaborator Timbaland aren’t afraid to take chances. But turning *NSync fame into a full-fledged solo career wouldn’t be possible for just anyone — JT still performs with the same verve and charisma that makes an arena feel like a living room.
Sun., Dec. 14, 9 p.m., 2014