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Track Review

I could review Timbaland's latest mid-tempo R&B dance hit with just three words: obsessed with sex. But in the interest of providing just a bit more context and something more readable, I'll add this: It's obsessed with a fantasy about having sex with an attractive fast-food waitress. Or maybe waitresses, plural, if the video is any indication.

As this track's title suggests, "Carry Out" is a double entendre-laden come-on from Timbaland and guest singer Justin Timberlake. You can pick just about any marketing phrase connected with fast food, and these two guys have figured out a way to sexualize it as they proposition some anonymous hot girl(s) at a restaurant.

"I have you open all night like IHOP."

"I just can't get enough, I got to drive through."

"Have it your way, foreplay."

"I can tell the way you like it, baby, super-size."

"Take my order, 'cause your body like a carry out."

If those demeaning, objectifying lyrics weren't bad enough, the video (predictably) pushes the sexual imagery further. We see an old-school, drive-in burger joint where the waitresses zoom out on roller skates—looking like they just got out of a Victoria's Secret photo shoot and ready to give the boys whatever they want. There's lots of sensual cupcake eating, too, just for good measure.

Here's how Timbaland described the song in a YouTube video interview about his latest album, Shock Value II. "It's a reintroduction of me and [Justin] doing what we normally do, [which] is makin' the people dance. And it's the whole energy of what we bring to the table. And I think that song shows the chemistry that we both have and why we work together so great."

I'm going to give Timbaland credit here for being half right: It is what he and JT "normally do."

But "great"? Nah.

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Peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100.

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December 1, 2009

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Adam R. Holz

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