Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines
What we thought:
If "Blurred Lines", Robin Thicke's massive, couldn't-possibly-miss, sometimes controversial hit made you clutch at your pearls at the salaciousness of it all then the rest of this album will have you fanning yourself – in all kinds of places.
The heat is turned all the way up on this trim and scandalously enticing collection of funk, soul and RnB dancefloor fillers. Any danger that a song as ubiquitous and so dang catchy
as "Blurred Lines", or its status as one of the most suggestive pop songs to have been allowed on radio (or Youtube for that matter, judging by the infamous video's parade of scantily clad models) would overwhelm everything else Robin has to offer is defused as soon as second track "Take It Easy On Me" starts up. It’s a beat-heavy club banger that bears the unmistakable stamp of producer Tim 'Timbaland' Mosley, who also drops some verses.
Robin has for most of his career played second, even third fiddle as contemporaries such as Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, et al went on to score all the #1s, the Grammys and the acclaim. But now on his 6th studio album, and bolstered undoubtedly by the incredible success of THAT song, Blurred Lines
the album shows Robin's effortless knack for melody and charm and an audible SEXINESS.
There is no wasted space to be found here. Each of the 10 tracks make an impression, and collectively the album is a cohesive and effective party-starter – whether on the dancefloor or between the sheets.
Robin is smooth and charismatic all the way through, inviting you into his kaleidoscope world of pure pleasure seeking. And that falsetto is a panty-dropper, not gonna lie. Best track:
"Ooo La La" - I will resist the obvious because I've heard "Blurred Lines" so many times now I find myself turning to any of the countless covers (check out the brilliant Radio 1 session covers by Vampire Weekend
and Queens of the Stone Age
) and parodies
for some perspective. "Ooo La La" is a song that reminds me of my favourite time – the 90s, when the pop charts were filled with blissful love songs by Mariah Carey, Aaliyah and En Vogue and Maxwell's sweet croon could lift your mood in seconds. I miss those days…Worst Track:
There are no bad songs here, but some of the lyrics on "Give It 2 U" featuring Kendrick Lamar will need to be kept away from children and mother grundies.Sounds like:
It's kinda old skool - which just makes my heart sing - and edgy enough to keep things interesting. Blurred Lines
is about the most sensuous thing I’ve heard this century. And you what, I can think of about 10 things that rhyme with "hug me"!Listen to snippets of Robin's album here: