Robin Thicke has broken records and stirred up controversy with his first single from his new album Blurred Lines. While Robin Thicke is often found on adult radio stations or R&B hit stations, the song of the same title has broken the record for the highest radio audience. The song surpassed the previous record of 18.8 million listeners with an astonishing 242.65 million listeners. In addition to reaching a vast audience, his unrated video has set off a flurry of feminist debates and criticisms. Needless to say, Blurred Lines has a lot to live up to and Robin Thicke knocks it out of the park.
The opening song, and Thicke’s hit, sets the bar high for the rest of the album. The song is sexy and ridiculously catchy. T.I. and Pharrell bring a fresh take to Thicke’s usual R&B soul style that suggest maybe his voice isn’t perfectly suited for crooning ballads, but brisk pop pieces. Following the title track, however, is a series of slow, retro pieces. While “Feel Good”, “Ooo La La”, and “4 the Rest of my Life” bring the energy down to a near screeching halt, tracks like “Get in My Way” and “Ain’t No Hat 4 That” manage to keep the cool, smooth vibe while remaining stunning musical pieces. The songs emit a 70s vibe while remaining modern and hip and Robin Thicke nails the falsetto every time.
The shining star of the album is “The Good Life”. In an emotional crooning style reminiscent of Michael Buble, Thicke nails the power and emotion in a more serious set of lyrics. This jazz-like number shows a side of Thicke that we haven’t seen a lot of, but definitely need to see more of. The album ends in his usual crooning style and just proves that Robin Thicke deserves the spotlight this album will hopefully shine on him. It’s taken six albums to find his perfect musical groove and Blurred Lines absolutely nails it.