When Justin Timberlake previewed Man of the Woods to media last month, his guests were treated to some unusual woodland delicacies, from grasshoppers to ants coated in black garlic and rose oil. Yum.
The first track lifted from the album, "Filthy," also wasn’t to everyone’s tastes as some fans declared it banger, others garbage. So did the album go down the wrong way with fans? Not exactly.
Man of the Woods dropped ahead of midnight, and his followers are (mostly) eating it up. If "Filthy" left a bad taste, Man of the Woods apparently cleansed the palate. “We didn’t deserve #manofthewoods but we still got it. @jtimberlake you are literally a gift to this world. Dude. This was a freaking work of art. Whew!,” wrote one fan with the Twitter handle Miss Erika.
Timberlake’s fifth solo studio album, and his first since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience, is pitched as his most “ambitious” to date, both sonically and lyrically, with contributions from The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton and Alicia Keys.
The memes and messages flowed on social media as the album trended on Twitter. Check out some of the best below.
For those of you that doubted #ManOfTheWoods because you didn’t like Filthy... pic.twitter.com/hvQ0cfEHSb
— Corey Klug (@CKOnAirWHG) February 2, 2018We didn’t deserve #manofthewoods but we still got it. @jtimberlake you are literally a gift to this world. Dude. This was a freaking work of art. Whew!
— Miss Erika (@Ms_ErikaLynn834) February 2, 2018JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE SNAPPED ON THIS #ManOfTheWoods ALBUM. A MASTERPIECE. ALREADY THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR--@jtimberlake
— Metropolis-- (@TrinityTravis2k) February 2, 2018Justin Timberlake’s album #ManOfTheWoods has got me wide awake and wanting to dance. Thanks a lot @jtimberlake I’m supposed to wake up early. I forgive you though because this album is everything ---- pic.twitter.com/pTS0HLaskE
— Amanda | Lady Gaga (@joanneslays37) February 2, 2018iTunes Brasil
#1 - Man Of The Woods (NEW) #ManOfTheWoods pic.twitter.com/rHDZ5AWeHs
— Justin Timberlake BR (@UpdatesJTBR) February 2, 2018Breeze On The Pond/Litvin Off The Land won too punch #ManOfTheWoods
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) February 2, 2018Okay, this album is everything. I love it. There's so much to process still. Just know that I will forever be a fan of yours, @jtimberlake. I'm so incredibly proud of you. And if I could live in your voice, I would. Gives me goosebumps. #ManOfTheWoods
— Lisa (@bogglethemind83) February 2, 2018I don’t know how I’m supposed to sleep after listening to all that flavor in my ear but I guess I’ll try. Goodnight ✌---- #ManOfTheWoods
— Kenya♎️#Quinoa (@KCSoSweet24) February 2, 2018Justin Timberlake is about as "in touch" with his southern roots as a KFC in New York City.
Just because you're from the south doesn't mean you're good at describing it, speaking eloquently on the region --#ManOfTheWoods is a headache.
— ARTV (@ARTVReviews) February 1, 2018Justin didn’t make an album for radio or a hit single to burn out and people forgets bt it 2 days later. This is a legacy right here. This is what GOOD MUSIC sounds like. BRAVO ----#ManOfTheWoods
— Zakaria MJ (@zakariamj) February 2, 2018