Well I guess it’s safe to say that 2013 is Robin Thicke’s banner year for his career. Since its release in March, his single ‘Blurred Lines’ has become a smash hit, not to mention a viral sensation due to its smoldering and rather controversial music video. The said song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 12 and stayed there for like, forever.
There is no stopping Mr. Thicke when he released his sixth album Blurred Lines on June 30 as it currently sits comfortably at Number 1 on the Billboard 200. Number 1 song and Number 1 album? Talking about a Blurred Sweep, eh? The album brings him from Mr. Low Profile to a new R&B Superstar. Let’s take a peek the tracks, shall we?
- Blurred Line feat. T.I. and Pharrell Williams – What more can I say? This song is smokin’ and I am not talking about the controversial video just yet! Pharell did a little help to share his Neptunes-era dub-step signature. And did I say that the video is smoking? Check the video HERE!
- Take It Easy On Me – If you guys are thinking that this sounds like a Timbaland production, well it is actually a Timbaland-Thicke collaboration. Robin Thicke has channeled a different path from his smooth jazzy tunes of his earlier works to a more Pop-R&B-Dance route.
- Ooo La La – From the title itself I felt that this will be a very sensual song. Now Thicke goes back to his comfort zone – a Throwback-ish R&B track. His beautiful falsetto shines through this beautiful track.
- Ain’t No Hat 4 That – Co-written with his father-actor Alan Thicke, this song has a jovial and euphoric beat with a 70’s disco vibe. I absolutely love this track!
- Get In My Way – And the party continues and Robin Thicke is on fire! This is another upbeat song with a funky disco-feel to it. I can imagine this song being used as a playable song in Just Dance© for Playstation.
- Give It 2 U feat. Kendrick Lamar – After 70’s disco, we fast forward to new generation pop. This may sound a bit less Thicke but his signature voice brings this song somewhere else, although he sounds a bit like Janet Jackson in this one, or maybe because this song sounds like a past record by Janet. Now I’m confused.
- Feel Good – Now I think this song actually works more than the preceding one. This Will.i.am produced track has a trance-vibe to it that you can dance along inside a posh club.
- For The Rest Of My Life – And finally the album shifts from a dance record to somewhere right up Robin Thicke’s alley. This is such an astounding track that takes me back why I love this singer in the first place.
- Top Of The World – Thicke delivers a very groovy track about a girl’s journey from rags-to-riches. Another track that is a feel-good song that is very easy-listening and pleasing to the ears. C’mon just get your groove on, On Top of the World.
- The Good Life – At first I thought this is a graduation song or the infamous Unchained Melody, and then I heard the back-up vocals doing Ho’s and Hey’s and I thought this is a rip-off of The Lumineers’s anthem. Kidding aside, I think Robin hits home run with this song. Beautifully written by Thicke himself, this track caps off an amazing offering of an album.
Final Thoughts: A solid album with a great combination of dance, pop, jazz, trance R&B and Adult Contemporary that I never thought Robin Thicke can pull off. The highlight of the whole album is of course Thicke’s trademark vocal range and impeccable transitions.
Songs to be put on your Playlist: Blurred Lines (duh), For The Rest Of My Life, Ain’t No Hat For That, The Good Life, Give It 2 U.
Grab this album if you like: Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams.
4.0 out of 5