Favorites: Get in My Way, Feel Good, Top of the World
Dislikes: Go Stupid 4 U
Overall: Upbeat, funky, fun & sexy. Some lyrics are weak, but an overall great album.
If you’ve followed Robin Thicke’s career, you may feel as I do: he’s had trouble getting it “just right.” Bouncing from sultry, to hardly sultry, to too commercial, Thicke finally combined a little bit of all the right ingredients on the last “Love After War,” but some felt it still lacked tempo. “Blurred Lines” is the answer to that criticism; kind of. Funky and sexy with some influences from the 80’s, Prince and Michael Jackson, “Lines” is a great representation of what techno-R&B sounds like: grungier and darker than its pop counterpart. Musically, the contemporary nature of the album’s first-half sounds more like Thicke than the radio friendly cuts on “Sex Therapy,” but some of the lyrics are still a little pubescent-hormonal and girl chasing (ex. “Give it to You,” “Go Stupid for You”). Those who prefer more thoughtful lyrics and instrumentation over synthesizers and effects and should look to the second-half, where Thicke returns to his usual storytelling self, discussing the history of his romance with his wife and keeping priorities straight while trying to “make it” (ex. “For the Rest of My Life,” “The Good Life”). “Blurred Lines” is Thicke’s best of both worlds, and you’ll be happy to be living in it.