Album Review: “Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke

Robin-Thicke-Blurred-Lines-Album-CoverFavorites:

  • “Blurred Lines” (feat. Pharrell & T.I.)
  • “Take It Easy On Me”
  • “For The Rest Of My Life”

There comes a time in many artist’s careers where they take a slight detour away from their usual genre and dip their feet into the depths of the pop world. For R&B singer Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines is that album. With features from some of today’s hottest artists, including Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and Pharrell, along with production handled by the likes of those such as Timbaland, will.I.am, and Dr. Luke, the album strays away from Robin’s usual soulful sound and allows listeners to hear him in a more vibrant tone. While many argue that “Blurred Lines” is the song of the summer, did the rest of the album live up to the single’s success?

For listeners that are accustomed to Thicke’s sexy, soulful vocals, Blurred Lines covers the complete opposite spectrum of his singing. Songs such as “Take It Easy On Me” and “Give It 2 U” will capture attention solely based on their upbeat production and dance sound rather than Robin’s actual singing. Dance tracks such as “Ooo La La” and “Ain’t No Hat 4 That” find Robin channelling the cadence of greats such as Prince and Michael Jackson. Amidst all the pop tracks, the singer does include the sultry ballad “For The Rest Of My Life”, a song that echoes Robin’s love for his wife of 8 years, Paula Patton. As out of place as the track might sound on the album, listening to Thicke cover so many dance tracks might prove to be even more awkward than the ballad’s presence.

As opposed to R&B’s golden boy Justin Timberlake, Thicke takes the more simplistic route as far as production on the album. Occasionally, the beats do have the tendency to drown out his actual singing, causing the vast majority of the album to seem like upbeat shopping music rather than the funk soul that he was aiming for. With “Blurred Lines” proving to be the highlight of the album, it’s obvious that this project will not be able to compete with other releases in Thicke’s discography and will quickly blow over as one of the summer’s most unnecessary releases.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

*originally published on TheRedefined.Com, now CrackTheCrown.com.

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