And now that it’s here, and it definitely sounds like it could have been born in Timberlake’s musically rich home state of Tennessee. The pop singer’s high tenor and Stapleton’s gravely melisma accent the song’s driving acoustic rhythm guitars, horns and syncopated percussion, bringing together elements of Gospel, pop, acoustic soul and jazz.
The song’s underlying message is, “Sometimes the greatest way to say something is to say nothing at all.”
A sixty-person choir co-starred with Timberlake and Stapleton in the official six-minute-long video. The film company La Blogothèque shot their performance at the historic Bradbury Building in Los Angeles using a single camera.
Man of the Woods arrives Friday (Feb. 2). Stapleton and Emmylou Harris will perform on Sunday’s (Jan. 28) 60th annual Grammy Awards.
— Chris Stapleton (@ChrisStapleton) January 25, 2018