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Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is a feel good record that will have everyone around you dancing. It evokes musical styles of the 1970s disco era and is hella charming. I’m not just talking about the song Blurred Lines but the actual album released this past Tuesday. I always compared Robin Thicke to Michael Bublé, a more soulful version at that. A great crooner whose image you can’t quite pinpoint. With this album, he comes off as the bad boy version of Bublé and it works as a whole.

 

What I didn’t know going in was that Thicke had so many albums under his belt. I was aware of The Evolution of Robin Thicke because of Lost Without U, which was a pretty big hit. Then he sort of just fell of the map for me. I was aware that he was still making music but not releasing three albums since 2006. Blurred Lines is Thicke’s fifth official studio album and his shortest with eleven tracks. While he writes most of the songs on the album, he receives some help from fellow writers Pharrell, Timbaland, and even from his father, actor Alan Thicke.

 

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Photcred: The Voice

My favorite part of The Voice is finally here: THE BATTLE ROUND.  Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton pit their artists against each other in order to find the best of the best.  The twist is that rejected artists can be stolen by the other judges!  Let the fun begin…

Round One – Team Blake – Casey v. Terry:  With the help of Blake and guest mentor Michael Buble, country singer Casey and Irish rocker Terry face off against each other with the song “Carry on Wayward Son” by Kansas.  While Casey showed growth and strength, Terry’s pure, controlled voice prevailed.  Blake definitely had trouble letting go of such a star.  He even tweeted, “How many country fans out there enjoyed @KCMuessigmann‘s performance tonight? He did an awesome job – wasn’t easy letting him go #TheVoice.”

Round Two – Team Adam – Bryan Keith v. Collin Mcloughlin: These young singers battled on the song “Santeria” by Sublime.  Coaching from Adam and celebrity mentor, Mary J. Blige, made both artists irresistible.  In the end, Adam chose Bryan Keith, but Blake was not about to give up on the chance to steal Collin.  So, at the end of this round Blake added another strong contender to his Team.

Round Three – Team Cee-Lo – JR Aquino v. Diego Val: YouTube star JR and Peruvian Diego were pitted against each other on the classic 80’s song “Jessie’s Girl.”  Cee-Lo employed Matchbox 20 member Rob Thomas to help him mentor his artists.  Even though Diego faltered a lot through rehearsals, he rose to the challenge and was chosen by Cee-Lo.

Round Four – Team Xtina – De’borah v. Nelly’s Echo: After coaching from Christina and guest mentor Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day, the two young, swagtastic artists tested each other on the Police song “Message in a Bottle.”  Both artists performed beautifully, but De’borah truly shined and earned herself another round on Team Xtina.

Round Five – Team Blake –  2Steel Girls v. Gracia Harrison: These powerful country ladies really delivered on the Dixie Chicks song, “Sin Wagon.”  However, Gracia’s stage presence and charisma caused Blake to choose her.

Round Six – Team Cee-Lo – Amanda Brown v. Trevin Hunte: Blowing the house down with their performance of Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love,” both Amanda and Trevin had all four judges on their feet in complete admiration of the performance.  Cee-Lo definitely faced the most difficult decision to have to choose between these two phenomenal artists.  All 3 judges were poised and ready to steal away the contestant who Cee-Lo didn’t choose.  In the end, Cee-Lo chose to be a part of Trevin’s journey, and Adam snagged Amanda for his team!