Something Else

Something Else

4.7 12
by Robin Thicke
     
 

Cool R&B crooner Robin Thicke returns with his third disc. In addition to pop-leaning tracks like "Dreamworld," Something Else thankfully offers more of the mellow throwback soul that made 2007's The Evolution of Robin Thicke a hit. Highlights include the Motown-reminiscent "Magic" and the jazzy "Loverman." See more details below

Overview

Cool R&B crooner Robin Thicke returns with his third disc. In addition to pop-leaning tracks like "Dreamworld," Something Else thankfully offers more of the mellow throwback soul that made 2007's The Evolution of Robin Thicke a hit. Highlights include the Motown-reminiscent "Magic" and the jazzy "Loverman."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Looking like a Europop album from 1997 or 1998, Something Else's sleeve design would be much more indicative if it grafted a bunch of little Robin Thicke heads onto each dancing and playing body in Ernie Barnes' Back to Sugar Shack, the painting used for Marvin Gaye's I Want You. Not only would it be apt, it would play to Thicke's predilection for populating his covers with several images of himself. But it would obviously cause some problems. While a few songs do modernize the sound and feel of Gaye's steamy 1976 classic -- filled as they are with serene sexual energy and lush, impeccably layered arrangements built on rolling bongos, liquid basslines, and Thicke's acutely Gaye-indebted upper register -- there are several inspirations floating throughout, including indications that Thicke has a deeper understanding of Brazilian music, correctly believes that Philadelphia International did not flame out in the mid-'70s, and has transitioned into doing rocking R&B à la Van Hunt (cool, relaxed, natural) rather than pre-New Radicals Gregg Alexander (forced, awkward, unintentionally seriocomic). Following The Evolution of Robin Thicke, which went to the top of the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and reached number five on the Billboard 200 (there was an Oprah appearance), Something Else features improvements in every aspect. From the tropical serenade opener to the album's quietly dazzling true close (the somber Lil Wayne collaboration "Tie My Hands" is really a bonus cut, having already appeared on Tha Carter III), Thicke has shed his affectations to the point where it's much easier to detect the sincerity he once obscured with hubristic tendencies. No longer a show-off, he sounds much more sure of himself; he would not have been able to pull off a socially conscious Southern-styled ballad like "Dreamworld," whether from a writing or singing standpoint, in 2003. Though his sources remain numerous, this is his most focused, least scattered, and least dilettantish set, and it benefits greatly from its brevity relative to The Evolution. That means everything has a deeper resonance -- especially the ballads, of which there are several. The man does know his audience.
Rolling Stone - Jody Rosen
The music is a lush, louche swirl of strings, congas and Fender Rhodes that flaunts its debts to Marvin Gaye ("You're My Baby"), classic disco ("Something Else") and Philly soul ("Magic").
Billboard
Long on breathy sensitive-male ballads about how he understands your hopes and shares your desires, Something Else picks up right where Thicke left off with the last album's hit single, "Lost Without U."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517809895
catalogNumber:
001179302
Rank:
69918

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Thicke   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Shaker,fender rhodes,sleigh bells
Larry Cox   fender rhodes
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Bobby Keys   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Sitar
Bill Malina   Horn Engineer
Charlie Morillas   Trombone,Saxophone
Sean Hurley   Bass
Brian Warfield   Trumpet
Bobby Keyes   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Sitar,Soloist
Pro-Jay   Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Bongos,Conga,Drums,Tambourine
Tavia Ivey   Background Vocals
Nicole Scherzinger   Background Vocals
Alfredo Rivera   Flute
Andrew McKay   Guitar
Jerahm Orozco   Saxophone
Josef Leimberg   Trumpet
Pro J   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine
Larry Cox   Organ,Synthesizer,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Greg Malone   Bass

Technical Credits

Larry Cox   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Brian Gardner   Mastering
André Harrell   Composer,Executive Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Suzie Katayama   String Conductor
Rob Walker   Executive Producer
Pharrell Williams   Executive Producer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Instrumentation
Ianthe Zevos   Creative Art
Paula Patton   Art Direction
Dyana Kass   Marketing
Neil Jacobson   Management
Dave Tomberlin   Publicity
G Malone   Composer
Pro J   Composer,Producer,Engineer
A. McKay   Composer
June Bug   Liner Notes
B. Keyes   Composer

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