Loves: “It’s in the Morning,” “Sex Therapy” “2 Luv Birds,” “Mrs. Sexy”
Hates: “Shakin’ it for Daddy,” “Elevators”
Overall: I did too much skipping around to like this album comprehensively; only liked certain songs
“Sex Therapy: The Experience” is the deluxe version of Robin Thicke’s fourth album. It has six additional tracks that were definitely needed to make this album whole. Without them, the album is missing something for me. Many people might LOVE this album, but I’m feeling very conflicted. Yes, it’s an upgrade from his last effort, “Something Else”, because he returned to the sensual, romantic material that’s his strong suit. However, this album has less than a handful of stand-out tracks, making for a very bland CD, among other negative aspects that keep the album from feeling comprehensive.
It has a great, smooth start with the interlude “911”, followed by “Mrs. Sexy,” “Sex Therapy,” “Meiple,” and “It’s in the Morning.” “Meiple” features Jay-Z and is full of cute little anecdotes. The song is bouncy, flirty, fun and makes you want to get swept away on vacation by some sexy stranger. “It’s in the Morning” brilliantly blends baby-maker lyrics with a mid-tempo beat. From there, the album gets sketchy.
Robin Thicke is known for being the master of “sexy songs”, because his lyrics don’t include the tacky, cheap, unromantic themes that some others do. On “Shakin’ it for Daddy”, he drops all of his mastery. The song is a borderline club banger and you could easily picture a video with tons of half-naked booty girls. Robin Thicke doing a club banger? The song doesn’t fit him, and it doesn’t flow with the rest of the album material. It features Nicki Minaj, a new female rapper who adds on to the skankdom with her verse. Also, there’s a piano/synth riff at the end of the chorus that so much resembles Rihanna’s “Hard” it’s distracting. Another thing that keeps the album from sounding like a “Robin Thicke” project is the multiple curse words. Hard edge curse words and romance don’t go together for me.
“Elevatas” and “Make You Love Me” have semi-interesting lyrics, but they’re fairly forgettable. “Rollercosta” has catchy production and humorous lyrics, as he begs to be taken back over and over again, but I desired to skip it. “Million Dollar Baby” will grab you attention if you focus REALLY hard. Thicke somewhat rebounds with the interlude “Starts with a Kiss,” which is alluring all by itself, as it’s a blueprint for making bedroom play last all night. Helping “Kiss” is the sweet and breezy “2 Luv Birds”, and the well written “Mona Lisa” and “Diamonds.” Overall, the concept of Robin Thicke doing an album called “Sex Therapy” sounds enticing, and it should have been, but it wasn’t. There’s just too many songs that fail to be striking; the interludes outshine the tracks. Other issues include the jolting transitions (the album jaggedly goes back and forth between tempos) and Thicke’s weak dicition/pronunciation. A lack of striking songs is only made worse by straining to understand what he’s saying. The album didn’t live up to its expectations.