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Love After War [Deluxe Edition]
     

Love After War [Deluxe Edition]

by Robin Thicke
 

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Robin Thicke's Vegas streak goes back as far as his debut single, "When I Get You Alone." Based on Walter Murphy's 1976 disco hit "A Fifth of Beethoven," it had the backbone of a flashy and theatrical production, but at that point, Thicke was more of a (likable) snotty brat than a slick showman. Eight years later, after other large-scale songs like "Everything I Can't

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Robin Thicke's Vegas streak goes back as far as his debut single, "When I Get You Alone." Based on Walter Murphy's 1976 disco hit "A Fifth of Beethoven," it had the backbone of a flashy and theatrical production, but at that point, Thicke was more of a (likable) snotty brat than a slick showman. Eight years later, after other large-scale songs like "Everything I Can't Have," "Magic," and "Million Dolla Baby," Thicke has settled into a suave, and even more swashbuckling, sound. Throughout the first quarter of Love After War, Thicke might as well be gunning for a Vegas residency. In the bombastic intro "An Angel on Each Arm," one can picture Thicke strutting onto a decked-out stage with, well, female dancers beside him, and the song has a grinding riff that could be used as a repeated motif throughout the rest of the performance. On the overloaded "I'm an Animal," Thicke goes hammier: "I'm smokin' TNT, I'm drinkin' dyn-o-mite -- can you still love me?!" Then, on "Never Give Up," Thicke nearly drowns in a tidal wave of sound that comes from a sampled recording of Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo's symphonic "Huapango." After the all-together-now anthem "The New Generation," Love After War scales back to slow, soft material with a couple exceptions. "Full Time Believer" is a happy-go-lucky theme for an admired woman, while "The Lil' Things" and "What Would I Be?" are reflective/thankful songs that would be ideal for the tail end of Thicke's Sin City New Year's Eve blowout. Otherwise, the second half is dominated by ballads made for seduction (with more than a little preening). They don't offer much in the way of development from Thicke's recent past -- shut-eyed falsetto cooing, classy Brazilian touches, and 1976 Marvin Gaye moves in steady supply -- but they should get the job done. [This Deluxe Edition expands the album with a second disc including three bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date:
12/06/2011
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602527870014
catalogNumber:
001629102

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Performance Credits

Robin Thicke   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Drums,Vocals,fender rhodes
Larry Cox   Organ,Bass,Piano,Strings,fender rhodes
Bobby Keys   Bass
Bobby Keyes   Bass,Guitar,Soloist
Joe "Dr. Soose" Liemberg   Trumpet,Horn
Pro-Jay   Organ,Bass,Flute,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Horn,Bells
Jarius Mozee   Bass,Guitar
Lawrence 'LB' Breaux   Drums
Bobby B. Keyes   Guitar
Lemar Guillary   Trombone
Jairus Mozee   Bass,Guitar
William Taylor   Bass
Matty Taylor   Bass
Lamar Guillory   Horn

Technical Credits

André Harrell   Executive Producer
John Codling   Cover Painting
Tracey Waples   Contributor
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Robin Thicke   Producer,Executive Producer,Art Direction
Kam Sangha   Producer
Stephanie Hsu   Creation
Karen Goodman   Marketing
Jamie Roberts   Legal Counsel
Neil Jacobson   Executive Producer,Management
Garnett March   Promoter
Kate Rosen   Publicity
R. Thicke   Composer
M. Garcia   Composer
B. Keyes   Composer
Brenda Reynoso   Publicity
Amanda Silverman   Publicity
Gee Roberson   Contributor
Branch   Contributor
Justine Massa   Creation
Sarah Alminawi   Marketing Coordinator
Michael "Mike Banga" Gahadia   Engineer
Beau Benton   Publicity

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