Aug 1, 2013This is not by far his best album but it is quite good and enjoyable. Despite having its up and downs, forget "Give it 2 U" is on the tracklist and you will find out it is a great record. Give some credit to Robin for trying out something different. Blurred Lines will take you to the "R&B" vibe's path, if you're expecting this to sound like his previous work, you shouldn't even bother to listen to Blurred Lines.… Expand
Aug 11, 2013really brilliant album! thicke has tried something new.
here is my track by track review
1. blurred lines 10/10 this is surely the best song on the album with a really good beat and catchy tune.
2. take it easy on me- 8.5/10- this song is good disco song and a catchy chorus.
3. ooo la la 9/10 very brilliant vocals, the song has an 80's feel to it.
4. aint no hat 4 that 9.2/10 this is again another great song that you would listen to again and again.
5. get in my way 8/10 a good disco song but might get repetitive at times.
6.give it 2 u 6/10 this one of the weak songs on the album.
7. feel good 8.8 excellent song
8. go stupid 4 u 9/10 has a great tune.
9. 4 the rest of my life- 9.1/10 a really good emotional and touching song.
10. top of the world 9/10 a good song
11. the good life 7/10 kinda boring… Expand
Sep 13, 2013Before I start this, I wanna brush off the title track right away, since that's beating a dead horse & I'm more interested in reviewing the rest of the album. I'll just say that in the context of the album of the same name it's not among the best tracks but it's not really a low point either. For the record even though I'm aware of his decade-long respectably successful career as an R&B crooner, this is my full-album introduction to the guy. In terms of overall quality, Blurred Lines really tends to fluctuate from track to track. One minute you've got a fun swagger-filled disco/funk tune like “Get in My Way”, then it's followed up with a piece of modern-day club vomit like “Give It 2 U” (which I really hope bombs as the 2nd single). To me, Robin Thicke is best when surrounded by organic instrumentation, writing lyrics that have some tangible level of depth, and taking full advantage of his soulful voice, particularly getting into his falsetto range.
A perfect example of this working combination is “Ain't No Hat 4 That”, which shows some extremely catchy melodies complete with a soul-flavored horn section, while also sneaking in a message about materialism that's fun to sing along with in the chorus. Of course he can also pull off a solid light pop song like “Ooo La La”, but it's nice to know not every song in this style here is entirely like that. The last 3 tracks on the standard edition are when things start to get especially interesting in the lyrics department, those being the cheesy but sincerely sweet ballad “4 the Rest of My Life”, the interesting storytelling social commentary in “Top of the World” with a rap-like delivery is parts of the verses that somehow works, and “The Good Life”, which talks about being grateful for his past merely modest success with a steady 3/4 groove & singalong chorus that almost sounds like something out of a musical.
But again, there are definitely some duds & tracks that make you forget what you liked about the rest of the album in the first place. There's the aforementioned “Give It 2 U”, with whining synths & painfully cliché hack pickup line guide lyrics, made worse by an embarrassingly disappointing guest verse from Kendrick Lamar. Same goes for “Take It Easy On Me”, except here at multiple points Robin also does a laughably bad Timbaland impression & says the line “I want to shop for your underwear”. And the acoustic guitar-driven (why?) “Go Stupid 4 U” is the creepiest, perviest song on the whole album, which is saying something. Rounding out the track list, “Feel Good” and the 2 bonus tracks are okay but nothing all that notable. Overall, I'm not really sure how high or low my expectations were going into Blurred Lines, but I have a feeling they were met for the most part. It's a decent pop album that's not without its awful moments, but is worth checking out for its handful of good ones.
Top 5 tracks: Ain't No Hat 4 That, Get in My Way, Top of the World, The Good Life, 4 the Rest of My Life
Score: 62/100… Expand
Jul 31, 2013Going in expecting something like Blurred Lines will no doubt render you disapproving of this album. I'm a longterm fan and also don't like it, so it really isn't pleasing anyone. It seems like a Justin Timberlake impersonation that bombs. I can admire that he's changing a few things up, and his personal tracks are alright, but this one is a pass compared to previous efforts. 4.8/10… Expand
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