Music Review: Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines"

Robin Thicke, "Blurred Lines"

“Blurred Lines,” the sixth studio album from Robin Thicke, couldn’t have come out at a better time.

Earlier this year, Justin Timberlake released “The 20/20 Experience,” an excellent album that may have turned off some longtime fans. Timberlake didn’t sound like himself on the release, but it was for the better.

Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” picks up the slack for those not exactly thrilled with J.T.’s latest effort. On the album, Thicke dials up the pop while turning down the adult contemporary. It closely follows Timberlake’s blueprint prior to “The 20/20 Experience.”

By now, you’ve surely heard the album’s title track. “Blurred Lines” is the front-runner for song of the summer of 2013. The distinction is well-deserved due to the song’s bouncy beat and catchy lyrics. And it’s all tied together with Thicke’s sultry and soulful voice.

Sound familiar, Timberlake fans?

None of the rest of “Blurred Lines” quite matches the pop perfection of its title track, which leads off the album.

“Give It 2 U” wastes a cameo by go-to guest rapper of the moment Kendrick Lamar while featuring sexed-up lyrics that can’t be printed here.

Thicke’s got game on this album when it comes to the ladies, but sometimes he tends to take it a little too far. The same guy who wants to “cuddle you” on “Feel Good” also wants to “shop for your underwear” on “Take It Easy On Me.”

The latter sounds the closest to Timberlake’s music as Thicke worked on the track with longtime J.T. producer Timbaland.

“Blurred Lines” has its faults, mostly when Thicke tries to push the boundaries. Luckily, there are enough times where he’s dialed-in to make a nice bridge until Timberlake’s next album drops in late-September.

Rating: Two and a half stars

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