Michael Slezak
September 11, 2006 AT 09:30 PM EDT

Dear AOL,

Just wanted to write you a quick note to say thanks for streaming Justin Timberlake’s Futuresex/Lovesounds at AOL Music. Back in the day, I would’ve had to bop on down to the local record store to preview the CD, and it would’ve resulted in me gettin’ jiggy in a place of retail, and more likely than not, inadvertently scaring innocent shoppers with shouts of “Get your sexy on!” Plus, believe me when I say, it never ends well when you try to execute a spin while wearing headphones attached to a kiosk.

Anyhow, the at-my-desk experience is definitely trumping the in-store. I actually did the robot at my desk listening to the title track, and threw caution to the wind by leaning back — like “Inmate 9481” at the VMAs! — in the middle of ”Lovestoned/I Think She Knows.” (Fortunately I have a very stable chair at my desk.) Even the rare down-tempo track, like the mournful ”(Another Song) All Over Again,” works well. Between Justin, Xtina, Beyonce, and Miss Jody Watley, it’s gonna be a month-long battle for the alpha-dog position in my CD player. I’ll let you know how it plays out.


Michael Slezak

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