Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jul 30, 2013
    83
    As a whole, Blurred Lines is an album full of summer jams that deserve to linger long after the temperature drops.
  2. Aug 12, 2013
    80
    This is the album that Justin Timberlake is too famous to make in 2013, its musical scope and track lengths modest, its sexual appetite and commercial ambition immodest, its star willing to offer up whatever cheesy line, vocal acrobatic, pop hook or funk groove or electro flourish that it takes to keep you listening.
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Mixed with poppy tracks like "Top of the World," "Pressure" and Michael Jackson meets Hall and Oates ditty "Ain't No Hat 4 That," it's evident that Thicke has created his most fun and mainstream-friendly project yet.
  4. Aug 1, 2013
    70
    He understands what a casual, top of the iTunes chart browsing fan is looking for, and what his dedicated fans who have been there since his bluesy beginnings are looking for. Blurred Lines mostly hits its mark when aiming for these two very different audiences, but the interspersing of slimy, pop songs with smooth as butter, tasteful ones comes off as awkward.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    The album finds the 36-year old singer trying to take advantage of his newfound spotlight by striving to become the full-fledged pop star he's never quite been.
  6. Jul 30, 2013
    70
    Thicke dulled previous LPs with expressions of angst--here, he makes a near-perfect summer record by acting like his life is as perfect as his hair.
  7. Jul 29, 2013
    70
    "Take It Easy on Me" (produced by Timbaland and J-Roc), "Give It 2 U" (Dr. Luke and Cirkut), "Feel Good" (will.i.am), and the deluxe edition bonus cut "Pressure" (the Cataracs) are nothing like the title track's undeniable disco-funk groove, and not one of them is among Thicke's best. They do, however, lack desperation and help convey the album's prevailing casual, lighthearted feel.
  8. Jul 23, 2013
    70
    If slower numbers like the Princely "4 the Rest of My Life" and the Billy Joel-reminiscent piano ballad "The Good Life" are forgettable by comparison, it's because they prosaically articulate the joie de vivre that's already been made abundantly clear in the uptempos. On an album that gets off to such an effervescent start, such blunt pronouncements only serve to kill the vibe.
  9. Jul 30, 2013
    61
    Thicke does his best with these tracks, hitting all the right sultry vocal notes, but really the beats and production aren’t doing him any favors.
  10. Aug 20, 2013
    60
    Thicke's record is wonderfully, brilliantly uncool, a ties-round-the-head, Grandma-friendly wedding reception anthem; and there's more where that came from. [Sep 2013, p.101]
  11. Aug 8, 2013
    60
    Slick production (including Pharrell, will.i.am and Timbaland) and guest spots from Kendrick Lamar and T.I. distract from all that Lothario shtick enough to make the album a poppy, easy summer listen that grows on you with each play.
  12. Jul 29, 2013
    60
    Complete with “hey hey heys” and a cowbell that ensures that even the most resistant listeners will notice the beat, Blurred Lines is music you dance to. The lyrics are the source of most of the trouble.
  13. 58
    The problem's not merely that Thicke has doused himself in too-strong cologne. It's how predictably it all fits with his frictionless boutique-lounge grooves.
  14. Sep 18, 2013
    50
    What’s striking is how unambitious most of the rest of the album is, especially the half that’s produced by Mr. Thicke with his longtime production partner Pro-Jay.
  15. Jul 30, 2013
    50
    Blurred Lines is a celebration of plasticine funk, warbly bass and plump booties.... Just as often, though, Thicke and his producers, which include himself and collaborators Pro J, Dr. Luke and Timbaland, dip from the cheesier realms of '70s pop.
  16. Jul 29, 2013
    50
    It’s an album that discourages sitting still. Too bad the icky lyrics ruin the mood.
  17. Aug 5, 2013
    40
    It's not that Thicke can't carry a tune. It's that he thinks that having songs that smoulder with sex appeal a la Luther Vandross, Boyz II Men or Barry White means that you have to degrade woman and boast about how your penis is bigger than the next fella's.
  18. Jul 30, 2013
    40
    Double entendres are commonplace in pop, but here he descends into wink-and-nod juvenilia.
  19. Jul 22, 2013
    40
    Some of these tunes are passable party pabulum but Thicke is such a total tool that it gets in the way of any fun.
  20. Jul 22, 2013
    40
    The music is sunny funk/soul, there are seamless cameos from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and Thicke proves a loose-limbed loverman of a vocalist--but the positive qualities are overshadowed by his blunt-instrument romantic technique.
  21. 40
    Thicke's wheedling tone and sylvan falsetto are engaging enough on this sixth album, though his clumsily backhanded way with a compliment deteriorates as the album proceeds.
User Score
4.8

Mixed or average reviews- based on 59 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    0
    It's not just that this guy is the douche satchel of the year. He has genuine talent. But he wouldn't have made it to the top of the charts were it not for Pharrel's label rescuing him and grooming him to chart success. Of course a couple of pairs of breasts and a gyrating Cyrus helped people to keep talking about him. He is a walking, singing pastiche of all that is offensive, mindless and common. To the point where his existing talent is obscured by it all. Of course he's no different from the average rapper in terms of song content or abuse of women in videos. But it's more noticeable with him because beneath the abhorrent surface of this album lies true soul. It's a shame. Full Review »
  2. Jul 30, 2013
    3
    A lot of these songs sound dated, but not in a fresh way. "Feel Good" sounds like Calvin Harris/Sam Sparro circa 2008. "Give It 2 U" sounds straight out of 2003. Other tracks sound like they could be fillers on his previous albums. As massive as Blurred Lines the single was, this album is not a game changer for him. Full Review »
  3. Jul 30, 2013
    5
    The album is ok, but it can be somewhat boring at times and the lyrics could use some help. Robin Thicke's vocals are good, but he certainly pours it on a little thick at times, which isn't really a good thing. Overall, it's not a bad album, but it's not one I would ever listen to again. Full Review »