Beautiful World

A Beautiful World

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by Robin Thicke
     
 
Beautiful World marks the debut from one of Alan Thicke's sons, Robin. Like Morrissey, Thicke rides his last name, but musically he's on track with Jamiroquai and Justin Timberlake. He comes up

Overview

Beautiful World marks the debut from one of Alan Thicke's sons, Robin. Like Morrissey, Thicke rides his last name, but musically he's on track with Jamiroquai and Justin Timberlake. He comes up with a delectable pop mix that's part Motown and part funk, giving Beautiful World a wide musical palette of sensuality and color. Thicke sets things up to be an emotional roller coaster that is self-searching and hungry for love, and such a move is impressive, but from the album opener, "Oh Shooter," one can sense the album struggling to develop into a full, solid set. Lyrically, Thicke is a little green, and as a singer his angel-like falsetto doesn't stretch far enough. He's riding the neo-soul/blue-eyed soul wave of the new millennium, which is definitely a welcomed effort inside the world of radio-tailored pop music. Unfortunately, that poses Beautiful World to get lost in the shuffle. Those who will take the time to really listen to Thicke's sweet stories will find Beautiful World to be enjoyable. "Brand New Jones" is a sunshiny groove layered in golden, synth hooks. "Flowers in Bloom" and the title track swoon with a springlike appeal; quick electronic beats soar throughout the latter, making for a feel-good moment. "When I Get You Alone" samples Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5" for a funky R&B cut, and Thicke is stylishly slick throughout this sexy romp until the words, "Baby girl, you the sh*t/That makes you my equivalent" cheese things out. "I'm 'a Be Alright" doesn't do much better, for Thicke's vocals are hushed for some added sexual appeal, Lenny Kravitz-style, but it's already been done before. "Cherry Blue Skies" allows the album to bounce back just a bit before coming to a close. It's too bad Thicke didn't make Beautiful World as strict and raw as this perfect smooth soul standout, but it's safe to say that it's a sign of good things to come. Thicke has potential and Beautiful World is real, but much too focused on being a hardcore soul thing. Remy Shand pulled it off, but Thicke tried too hard.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949337520
catalogNumber:
493375
Rank:
17217

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Thicke   Primary Artist
Larry Cox   Piano
Harry King   Piano
Herman Matthews   Drums
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Randy Waldman   Horn
Sean Hurley   Bass
Bobby Keyes   Guitar
Thicke   Piano
Dino Meneghin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   Orchestral Arrangements
Walter Murphy   Composer
André Harrell   Executive Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Sean Hurley   Composer
Bobby Keyes   Composer
Sante d'Orazio   Art Direction
Thicke   Composer,Producer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Adam Holmstead   Engineer
Robin Thicke   Producer
Pro J   Producer

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Beautiful World 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This long awaited album did not let me down the songs are wonderful as the flow of the entire cd. What did let me down was the label execs, producers and PR. Thicke could have won best new artist this year if they had done their jobs! Great album, terrible label! If you're tired of the same ole stuff on the radio want something different go get this CD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
thicke- had the premise to be a blue-eyed soul artist in the realm of george michael,bobby caldwell and remy shand,but this debut promised quickly fade that opportunity. the now titled beautiful world was altered from its original title cherry blues skies, which is a focused cut on the cd ironically. the disc is dated and was to be released early last yr,now see the light of day, sad. when the 1st single dropped,the disc should have followed 2 months later,not 1 1/2 lata. Thicke should have went back to the drawboard,did some major tweaking to create a solid set. his label need to take responsibilty as well to provide a consumer consist music that holds its seams from start to finish,maybe thicke should stick to songwriting for he did not deliver on this. The second effort from Thicke may be the set this could,should but unfortunately was not.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that I'm not sure if I understand some of the songs on the album; that does not make me like it any less, however, for Emerson once said, "To be great, is to be misunderstood." In a sense, Thicke has offered the listener a little information to do whatever they want with, whether it be to form conclusions or just sing along. I find myself pondering on some of the tracks and their meanings, but I'm always singing along to them. Thicke uses a potpourri of music styles to interest the listener, ranging from Rock to Latin. Listening to his album is like making chocolate chip cookies for the first time as a child- you see all these peculiar ingredients (music styles) being mixed into one big bowl (album), and somehow the end result turns out to be nothing less than delicious. The album is humorous, serious, scandalous, upbeat, and above all addicting. I've had it for at least 6 months now and still listen to it almost every time I get in my car (which is quite often); without it my trips would be lifeless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thicke's album was excellent. It's original, not that same cookie-cutter music that wastes space on store shelves. If you love this album then you appreciate the passion that was put into it. I loved every song on the album, especially the first one. We should support artists who stand out. Instead, most people support artists who make no effort to be original. This is the kind of music that you can listen to everyday. It moves you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You can definitely here his influences from Prince to the Beatles to Marvin Gaye..and apparently to the disco version of Beethoven's 5th from the 70s. If you're a fan of music, Thicke's got something for ya. Yes, the cd was to be released last year. Yes, it was to be called "Cherry Blue Skies" as far as I know. Question is: So what? The songs are still worth a listen. Thicke is one of the few artists that is unclassifiable. He's not cookie cutter. Thicke has some soul, some funk, some rock, even a latin beat, etc. He manages to put the sounds together effectively for your enjoyment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is a fresh style of music, that after the second time you listen to it you understand how good it is. thicke is an extremely talented musician, and his cd is a great breakthrough for this guy. buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is good stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the hardest things to do is to try to explain the wonders of this album. It's rock, meets soul, meets pop, meets funk, meets indie, meets every other genre one could think of. Each track in a way takes a person through a different section of the artist's mind. "Shooter" is the true telling of a bank robbery played over grooves with southern undertones. While "Vegas Conmingo" floats you through strong latin beats and rifts. "Stupid Things" is a remarkable and soulful ballad where it's just Thicke and his piano. There are so many other glorious tracks where words could do no justice. The lyrics tell about the hardship of life, but greatly focuses on the beauty of it. This album is a must for anyone with an eclectic ear. Five years later this album is still in heavy rotion, but now in my iPod (since I've worn down my CD copy).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is really really good!! Ill be honest and say that when you first listen to some of the tracks you might think there a bit dodgy because I know I did but when you have a better listen you hear just how good the songs really are and how enjoyable. The sound is different to whats happening right now in a refreshing way and he's got a excellent voice so he can carry off what he's trynna do. My favourite tracks have to be 'when i get you alone', 'Flowers in bloom' and 'Lazy Bones' but the other songs don't disapoint either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
No one is sadder to say this than I am but I seriously doubt NuAmerica/Interscope will allow him to make another album after this one. As of 5/26/03 - a month and change after release, the album has peaked at #152. That peak was probably artificially reached as most record stores are selling this album for about 8 bucks. It has it's moments ("Brand New Jones" is about the best) but it's dead. I say that for two simple reasons. Here they are: First, it's weird. Albums should be made up of songs, not soundscapes - most of which lead nowhere. Apparently, Thicke didn't agree. Secondly, the marketing approach the label took absolutely sank it. They released a video 1 full year before the album came out. In their quest to wait for the perfect time, they allowed people to get sick of hearing Thicke on Gateway commercials and Sprite commercials. The label and the artist have conspired to make this one a dud. Avoid this. Go find "Brand New Jones" and leave this one in the record bins. Having said all that, I truly hope he gets the chance to do another album. I just don't think that'll happen.
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