Favorites: The New Generation, Love After War, All Tied Up, Mission, Don’t Know What It’s Like To Be You
Overall: A perfect blend of Robin Thicke’s 5 albums. A sexy, but classy artistic album that’s a great rebound from the more commercial “Sex Therapy.”
For those who enjoy Robin Thicke, there isn’t a dispute about whether or not the R&B crooner is an immensely talented musician, song-writer and vocalist. However, with each album, it always seems like something is missing. His debut had a versatile sound and was delightfully unorthodox, but was arguably inconsistent and lacked a plethora of memorable songs. The sophomore “The Evolution of Robin Thicke” was more notable and made him a household name with songs like “Lost Without You,” but it had sleepy spots pale in comparison to the hit single. “Something Else” was almost devoid of the sultry nature that made “The Evolution” great and the last “Sex Therapy” was a hard-failing endeavor to be commercial that simply didn’t fit Thicke. Finally, with “Love After War” everything is just right. A sonically diverse album that’s a little bit sexy (ex. “Mission”), a little bit funky (ex. “I’m an Animal”) and a little bit contemporary (ex. “Pretty Lil’ Heart”), “War” is the perfect blend of the best elements of previous Robin Thicke records. Like a musical buffet, the project offers Latin, soul, funk, adult contemporary, smooth jazz and some rock genre influences. Lyrically, it’s not as varied as some of his previous work as the album is mostly about romance, but Thicke’s approach is still interesting and fresh, discussing the many levels of relationships-enjoying private time, having dynamic issues and not being able to always see things from your partner’s perspective. Another plus from previous albums is that the track-order is smoother in transition. Overall… I just LOVE this album. Thicke brings all of the necessities to the table. See the music video for the title track, featuring his gorgeous wife, Paula Patton, below.