Friday 19 July 2013

Robin Thicke - Blurred Lines

No blurred lines here: Robin Thicke is obsessed with his dick.

Not content with displaying "Robin Thicke has a big dick" on the controversial video for the album's title track and lead single, next release Give It 2 U features such lines as "I got this for you, a little Thicke for you...a big dick for you".  Charming.

As a whole, the album is more enjoyable than you might expect, with some decent party tunes.     Tracks such as Ooo La La, Ain't No Hat 4 That and Get In My Way are based on Timberlake/Jackson-esque funky disco grooves that are far more palatable than the "rapey" Blurred Lines.  This is surely Thicke's most commercial album yet.  But even the best tracks, like the fizzing synths of Take It Easy On Me, are ruined by vomit-inducing lines like "When I look right through your dress I want your cherry pie".

Towards the end, however, 'Blurred Lines' relies on some saccharine ballads that feel totally out of place.  These oddly take the album from the bass intonations of "I know you want it" to a sickly sweet falsetto declaration of love.

Yes, sex sells.  Nobody knows this better than Timberlake, whose album 'The 20/20 Experience' is a slickly produced romp.  Yet Timberlake is the king of cool, who sings his lyrics with a cheeky smile and knowing wink.  By contrast, Thicke is simply a sleazy douchebag.


Gizzle's Choice:
* Take It Easy On Me
* Ooo La La
* Get In My Way

Listen: 'Blurred Lines' is available now.