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Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke

2007-08-06 13:15
“Lost without u” became an anthem on a certain local urban radio station for a while. It was played daily as listeners requested “the new R&B kid on the block”. Only to find out that Thicke’s been around for a while and should have become the new R&B king on the block. But what surprised many was that this smooth soulful falsetto voice belonged to a super-fine blue-eyed brother. That’s right, Mr Thicke’s a white boy!

This Mcdreamy vanilla muso is uber talented and seems to have a thing for chocolate, seeing that he married his “muse”, actress Paula Patton. Sorry ladies! “Lost without u” is a massive hit that reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Interesting fact: Robin Thicke’s the first Caucasian artist to top this chart since George Michael.

Evolution is no one hit wonder though. It is R&B hedonism at its best with decadent jams including “Got 2 be down” (featuring Faith Evans), “Can U Believe” and “Everything I Can't Have” which will make you want to do the samba. The powerful ballad “2 The Sky” is just on another level. The only anti-climax is “Wanna love you girl” featuring Pharrel, which is surprisingly rather stale. It’s a typical Neptunes style jam with hard percussions and quick paced beats not doing Robin’s voice any justice. Plus that whole ‘evolution’ billing is damn tired. But who cares? The man looks good, sounds good and is getting enough airplay this time around to give JT a run for his money.

-Gugu Mkhabela
If anyone can actually claim that they’ve brought sexy back it’s Robin Thicke. After the commercial flop of his debut, Beautiful World, Robin returns with a breezy but solid second album.

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