I was quite surprised to find that this album was just released in the U.S. on Tuesday. The first and title track off the album has been out since March. This great discrepancy in time led me to take a look at the album and see if there was any hype to be had.
Overall, I would recommend this album as an upbeat shot in the arm for the pop diehard that literally cannot wait for the second half of The 20/20 Experience. Both Justin and Robin’s styles have similarities now, and even though Robin’s admittedly been doing the R&B thing for over a decade, it took Justin’s new direction to open the door for Robin’s music to break out.
“Blurred Lines” (against my prediction) has become the most popular song of the summer, and is definitely what pulls you into this album. “Give It 2 U” is also seeing popularity on iTunes, mostly due to a feature from Kendrick Lamar on the track (I know, I was surprised too).
After listening to it more during this writing, the first half of the album is by far more upbeat and thusly (in my opinion) better. The sheen wears off after the happy, groovy songs are over. Like I said before, it’s good if you’re looking for a change of pace from Justin’s recent work.
In all honesty though, is anyone really interested in this album with how catchy “Blurred Lines” is/how much radio play “Blurred Lines” gets? How many casual listeners are ready to consider Robin Thicke a “One Hit Wonder” even though he’s been making music and finding his niche for a long time now? Let me know your opinions on #THICKE, where you think his music’s going in the future, etc. What are your thoughts on the album itself? Let’s start conversations.