I remember when my (now) wife and I saw Chris at the London Palladium in 2012, on his Songbook tour. He mentioned the ‘questionable third album’ he made. He joked that people would say to him “what did Timbaland make you do?” and Chris would say “listen, Timbaland didn’t tie me down, didn’t strap me into a chair. I chose to do that album that way, it was all me.”
Still makes me smile thinking about it.
Chris had a pretty solid sense of humour.