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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602527869995
  • Catalog Number: 001629002
  • Sales rank: 112,543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 An Angel On Each Arm (4:13)
  2. 2 I'm an Animal (4:05)
  3. 3 Never Give Up (2:38)
  4. 4 The New Generation (3:59)
  5. 5 Love After War (3:17)
  6. 6 All Tied Up (3:53)
  7. 7 Pretty Lil' Heart (3:36)
  8. 8 Mission (2:46)
  9. 9 Tears On My Tuxedo (5:14)
  10. 10 Boring (3:29)
  11. 11 Lovely Lady (2:05)
  12. 12 Dangerous (3:43)
  13. 13 Full Time Believer (4:03)
  14. 14 I Don't Know How It Feels To Be U (5:31)
  15. 15 Cloud 9 (2:57)
  16. 16 The Lil' Things (2:48)
  17. 17 What Would I Be? (3:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin Thicke Primary Artist, Bass, Piano, Drums, Vocals, fender rhodes
Larry Cox Organ, Bass, Piano, Strings, fender rhodes
Bobby Keyes Bass, Guitar, Soloist
Joe "Dr. Soose" Liemberg Horn
Pro-Jay Organ, Bass, Flute, Guitar, Strings, Drums, Horn, Bells
Jarius Mozee Bass, Guitar
Bobby B. Keyes Guitar
Matty Taylor Bass
Lamar Guillory Horn
Technical Credits
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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
Al Branch Contributor
Justine Massa Creation
Sarah Alminawi Marketing Coordinator
Michael "Mike Banga" Gahadia Engineer
Beau Benton Publicity
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  • Posted August 1, 2012

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    Happiness After War

    I felt compelled to eventually get this cd after viewing the “Love After War” music video on youtube and seeing Paul Patton positively gush about her husband and his music on facebook. Paula Patton’s opinion influenced me because I enjoyed the acting performances of both her and Tom Cruise in the most recent Mission Impossible film. Additionally, I previously listened to and liked the following Robin Thicke songs: “Wanna Love You Girl”, “Lost Without U”, and “Magic”. “Love After War” is a slight musical departure from those songs. However, “An Angel On Each Arm”,”Never Give Up”, “Pretty Lil Heart”, “Lovely Lady”, “Full-Time Believer”, and “I Don’t Know What It Feels To Be U” help to create a smooth love soundtrack cd. The only reason why I give this four stars is due to the fact that I only wish that at least one or two “Magic” and/or “Lost Without U” inspired tracks would have made it on this cd. “Love After War” by Robin Thicke is best for those who listen to R&B with a slight hint of pop.

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