Robin Thicke’s Wife, There’s been few part-time vocalists slash full-time chauvinists who can hold a torch to Justin Timberlake ever since JT showed everyone how to do smut all classy-like back in ’06. Even when they possess superior chops and more street cred they languish for a single and a half and quickly disappear. Charm is the name of the game and JT’s ability to win friends and influence panties is a finely tuned mechanism.
Even the subject of this piece, a Neptunes pet project, never elevated himself too far from Pharrell’s considerable lap. The issue was really the tunes. Robin Thicke has charm aplenty and teems with style: throwing his arms akimbo in the three piece suit while those baby blue opalescents blink all innocently at you. It was simply too bad the songs stunk.
But alas, opening with that song from the video we’ve all seen – a simply excellent pop song, which for a while was a challenge Thicke had not yet tackled – he follows through with flare. Second track, “Take It Easy On Me”, is better than anything on The 20/20 Experience-an album I reviewed back when it came out and found to be an Everest-sized molehill. I hacked at that bitch every which way and couldn’t find even an ember with which to light my crotch-fire. The aforementioned Thicke track is a sublime dirty talk session, replete with crystally synths and an elegant hook just begging for a club mix.