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Evolution of Robin Thicke
     

The Evolution of Robin Thicke

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by Robin Thicke
 

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The story goes that the very happening Pharrell Williams asked music mogul and Interscope president Jimmy Iovine about his plans for Robin Thicke and then quickly snatched the artist up for his Star Trak imprint. Pharrell's enthusiasm for Thicke -- suave son of squeaky-clean celebrities Alan Thicke and

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The story goes that the very happening Pharrell Williams asked music mogul and Interscope president Jimmy Iovine about his plans for Robin Thicke and then quickly snatched the artist up for his Star Trak imprint. Pharrell's enthusiasm for Thicke -- suave son of squeaky-clean celebrities Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring -- suggests he's one of the few who purchased his Interscope debut, 2002's Cherry Blue Skies, which was relaunched a year later as Beautiful World before fading into obscurity. While Thicke returned to his successful career as a songwriter and producer -- Christina Aguilera and Usher are just two of his many clients -- a cult formed around his debut. In 2005, there was both the Star Trak announcement and Lil Wayne's reinterpretation of Beautiful World's "Oh Shooter" for his 2005 release Tha Carter, Vol. 2, but the promised Thicke album that would reap the benefits was delayed, then delayed some more, and the cult got worried. Finally landing almost a year after originally promised, The Evolution of Robin Thicke is flawed with too much softness upfront, a lazy flow that takes some getting used to, and a downright awful track called "Cocaine," where style trumps substance, something that nearly happens the whole album through. Still, none of this means Thicke's sophomore effort shouldn't be embraced by those who appreciate his slightly eccentric take on slick blue-eyed neo-soul, because he's still mostly Timberlake for the skeptical set, or Prince for those who pine for the Purple One's over-stylized side project, the Family. Like old-school Prince, Thicke replaces every "you" with a "U," every "for" with a "4," and peppers his dreamy, sensual seduction numbers with brash and horny stingers. The bossa nova noir "Teach U a Lesson" feels comfortable and safe before Thicke's professor character explains how his student can "earn some extra credit," while "All Night Long" with Lil Wayne escalates from "All night long I wait 4 your lovin' babe" to "All night long I wait 2 tear U 2 pieces." Hardcore Southern baller Lil Wayne's two appearances -- the other being the return of his great "Shooter" -- are just one of the oddball genre-jumps the mostly neo-soul album makes, with Latin congas spicing up "Everything I Can't Have" while fingersnaps and jazzy arrangements play a big role in the sophisticated "Complicated." Over-indulgence and whims are all over the album, but perfectly polished pop tracks like "Wanna Love U Girl" and the surprisingly straightforward, empowerment-minded ballad "Can U Believe" succeed without any quirks. There isn't anything as instantly gripping as his debut single, "When I Get You Alone," and this fascinating effort just isn't tight enough to be called a classic, but with a little editing, rearranging, and forgiveness, his rabid following can sure love it like one.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2007
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0602517227958
catalogNumber:
000842102
Rank:
67937

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robin Thicke   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Harry King   Piano
Sean Hurley   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Bobby Keyes   Guitar
Justin Derrico   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
James Bass   Composer
Gary Grant   Horn Arrangements
André Harrell   Executive Producer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Faith Evans   Composer
Moisés Vivanco   Composer
Rob Walker   Executive Producer
Bobby Keyes   Composer
Pharrell Williams   Composer,Executive Producer
Robert Daniels   Composer
James Gass   Composer
Chad Hugo   Executive Producer
Drew FitzGerald   Art Direction
Lil Wayne   Composer
Robin Thicke   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Miguel Melendez   Executive Producer
Justin Derrico   Composer

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The Evolution of Robin Thicke 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the variety appeals to everyone smooth music,
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best cd's that I have purchased in a long time. Robin Thicke's voice is smooth & melodic, yet powerful. There is a variety of music from romance, to latin flavor, to hip hop, to rhythm & blues. The current hit Lost Without U is, of course, one of the best on the cd. However, Everything I Can't Have with its' latin flavor and 2 the Sky with its' introspective look at what life throws at you are also two of my favorites!! There is definitely something for everyone on this instant hit!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The hit single "lost without u" is probably the whole reason people seemed to be interested in this album but the rest of the tracks on the album don't deliver unlike this hit song
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one smooth, soulful cd. Not a bad song on it. Run & buy this & tell your friends. He is wonderful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this album. I had been wanting to purchase it since I first heard his single Lost Without You. Robin has been compared to Justin by quite a few critics and listeners, but he definitely bests Justin with this CD. His falsetto is amazing and so is his low register. My favorite tracks are I Need Love, Can You Believe, and All Night Long. Definitely recommended to anyone hesistant about purchasing this cd. It is worth the money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
robin thicke has both slow and upbeat songs in this CD. he really is amazing :]
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