Even the most diehard Justin Timberlake fan can probably admit that the young star adds little to "Love Never Felt So Good," the new-old Michael Jackson song that appears no fewer than three times -- including as a superfluous duet with Timberlake -- on the deluxe edition of Jackson's just-released "Xscape" album.
Still, there's no denying Timberlake's heartfelt admiration for the King of Pop, especially as seen in a music video for "Love Never Felt So Good" that was posted online Wednesday.
Codirected by Timberlake, the clip intercuts scenes from Jackson's classic videos -- "Billie Jean," "Bad," "Remember the Time" -- with footage of Timberlake doing some iconic Jackson dance moves.
And doing them well, we should add: He's got the readjusting-his-zippered-leather-jacket thing down cold.
As if to defuse further any skepticism you might feel about the entire "Xscape" project, the "Love Never Felt So Good" video also features a handful of insanely cute kids dancing and singing along with the song, which was already super-ebullient to begin with.
Do they get the job done? Duh. We're not monsters, people.