Anyone disappointed by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience fear not, for fellow R&B crooner and all-round nice guy Robin Thicke is adding the finishing touches to his sixth album, Blurred Lines. While he might not have the worldwide profile of JT, Thicke is just as gifted, which is plain for all to hear on first single “Blurred Lines,” a soul-infused funk spectacle that will have you grooving at your work desk (assuming you work at a desk, of course).
Sampling the great Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” the track is one of Pharrell’s best beats in years, also featuring the N.E.R.D. member harmonizing with Thicke on the hook. Thicke has raised his game with “Blurred Lines,” adding a playful pop sensibility to his portfolio, while T.I. drops a verse mirroring his contribution to Timberlake’s “My Love.”
“Blurred Lines” signals a more mainstream direction for Thicke, and while older fans might be suspect, I say embrace the change, as there’s nothing like shaking your booty on the dance floor to a little R&B.