Sex Therapy: The Session

Sex Therapy: The Session

by Robin Thicke

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Sex Therapy: The Session

Sex Therapy is an evasive maneuver to prevent Robin Thicke from being pigeonholed as a "grown folks" R&B singer. It's evident that hits -- more specifically, appealing to younger listeners -- is the goal. While Thicke's previous album, Something Else, did well on the album charts, it maintained a classicist sound throughout, produced only one major single, and featured only one appearance from a guest MC. Sex Therapy, however, enlists Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, the Game, Kid Cudi, and Nicki "Stick Shift the Ding-a-Ling" Minaj -- not to mention Estelle and Jazmine Sullivan, both of whom contribute excellent background vocals on their respective appearances. Thicke heightens the brashness downplayed on Something Else, best applied on the title track, where the cunning contrast between his masculine certitude and feather-light falsetto is in full effect. That he does it while lifting the melody from "It's My Party" -- as a near-replication of the pulse from the Art of Noise's "Moments in Love" drifts in the background -- makes it all the more daring and remarkable. Sometimes the results are either dopey (if lighthearted), as on "Meiplé," or humorously awkward, as on "Shakin' It 4 Daddy," where the oft-repeated hook "She shakin' it for daddy, she shakin' it for me" must make some listeners think of Thicke and his father instead of just Thicke. The album does not represent a total abandonment of the qualities that have connected with the singer's adult fans. "Mrs. Sexy," based on Eric B. & Rakim's Al Green-sampling "Mahogany" (to the point where he does not bother to change a line that references his skin tone), is as buttery and elegant as anything he has recorded. On "Million Dolla Baby," he takes his Marvin Gaye fixation another step forward, using "Trouble Man" as its backbone; even if it strikes you as corny, you have to admit that it is pretty slick. Above all, he continues to put one of the best voices in R&B to good use. [A clean version of the album was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2009
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602527287997
catalogNumber: 001384802

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Thicke   Primary Artist,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Larry Cox   Organ,Keyboards
Teddy Riley   Musician
Dwight Mikkelsen   Strings,Horn
Pro-Jay   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Jamar Jones   Keyboards
Jazmine Sullivan   Background Vocals
Estelle   Background Vocals
Russell Ali   Guitar
Adam Shmeans Smirnoff   Guitar
Idris Davis   Bass Guitar
Rich Skillz   Drums
Wendell "Pops" Sewell   Guitar
Josef Leimberg   Trumpet
Greg Malone   Bass
Polow da Don   Drums
Lemar Guillary   Trombone
Keschia Potter   Saxophone
Joe Augello   Guitar

Technical Credits

André Harrell   Composer
Jimmy Iovine   Executive Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Teddy Riley   Producer,Engineer
Rob Walker   Executive Producer
A. Harris   Composer
Jean-Max Rivière   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Executive Producer
Andre Harris   Instrumentation
Pro-Jay   Producer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Angelo Aponte   Vocal Engineer
Ann Mincieli   Engineer
Vidal Davis   Instrumentation
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer
Ari Raskin   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Todd Douglas   Music Business Affairs
Kendra Ellis   Marketing
Jeff Bhasker   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Dave Tomberlin   Publicity
Rich Skillz   Producer
Nicki Minaj   Composer
Brandon Kilgour   Engineer
Scott Mescudi   Composer
J. Gluck   Composer
E. Swaray   Composer
H. Wiener   Composer
A. Green   Composer
T. Riley   Composer
Jeremy Stevenson   Engineer
Polow da Don   Producer
Amanda Silverman   Publicity
Tracy Kies   Music Business Affairs
Mike Snodgress   Marketing Coordinator
Jay Mathis   Composer

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