Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Though his sources remain numerous, this is his most focused, least scattered, and least dilettantish set, and it benefits greatly from its brevity relative to "The Evolution."
  2. Q Magazine
    A modern '70s Motown pastiche, that makes him a serious rival to John Legend. [Dec 2008, p.133]
  3. As a utilitarian background soundtrack, it'll do nicely.
  4. There may be very little here that is truly innovative, but Thicke proves that new dogs do old tricks pretty well.
  5. Musically, Thicke's dick is in the right place, but when it comes to this genre, I don't trust any vocalist who spends more time eating his audience out than slapping his own engorged junk against the palm of his hand.
  6. Amid the attempts at sexual healing and cosmic, eco-soul unity, Thicke crafts some beautiful atmospheres.
  7. 50
    Every white soul traditionalist from Hall & Oates to Duffy demands catchy, impactful songs, yet that’s where Thicke is thinnest.
  8. The new set isn't without a whiff of schmaltz....Thicke's strong singing--and a few winning uptempo numbers, including the infectious 'Magic' and the R. Kelly-ish 'Sidestep'--right the ship.
  9. He's got an exceptionally stylish and more importantly, sellable album to back it up.
  10. 80
    Something Else--a sharper, more concise follow-up to 2006’s breakthrough but spotty, "The Evolution of Robin Thicke"--songwriter and producer Thicke is using the tones and rhythms of soul music for a bigger idea: dissatisfaction.

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