More Than Just Topless Models: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines
by Charissa Lock
Should we be expecting an underground, lyrically pleasing, experimental instrumentation album from Robin Thicke? No. This is an r&b pop album from an r&b pop artist. With this in mind, ktc decided to go out on a limb and try this out. Even though I’ve been crushing on “Blurred Lines” like a 13 year old toward Justin Bieber, my expectations were a little low. This clearly isn’t my genre of choice and I can’t remember (probably because it never happened) the last time one of my favorite songs of the moment was identical to half the planet. Yet, I was pulled by some r&b God to do an in-depth listening of Blurred Lines [Star Trak, Interscope] (Out Now!) and share my thoughts.
I think everyone knows that the single of the summer will probably be the best track on the album so with that as our starting point, the tunes that follow will have to work really hard to even be kept on without a reactive switch forward. So what does Mr. Thicke do? He makes sure that the album is jammed with upbeat happy go lucky songs. There are about two mellow tracks, out of fourteen. The feeling you get from “Blurred Lines” is just part of this conglomeration of smiling, head nodding, groovy moments infiltrated throughout the entire album. When I say “smiling, head nodding” I don’t mean free feeling “Dreaming” by Smallpools type of reactions. It’s dance music.
Here’s why we’re dancing to Thicke’s sixth release since 2003; being transported throughout time from (the) 1975 to present day, Robin apparated into clubs in New York City trying to find his newest release’s niche. He then made sure that every moment he heard was included in his album with a modern twist. Getting stuck in a 90’s boy band performance happened a few times, it was a glitch with the machine. The end result was this lovely album we listen and evidently dance to. It was either that or he had a really good producer wanting to piggy back off of Daft Punk’s 70s retro theme, I can’t seem to remember.
This album has surprised me immensely (don’t forget, I began with low expectations). With a little twist of a dance floor themed location imbedded in each song, you never feel things are monotonous. 1970’s disco (“Ooo La La,” “Aint No Hat 4 That”), synthy house (“Feel Good”), lighthearted dubstep dance (“Give It 2 U”), Drake’ish lullaby dubstep (“Put Your Lovin’ On Me”), and r&b funk (“Top of the World”) are a taste of all the flavors seamlessly mixed together. This was probably the biggest surprise, along with the fact that everything is so goddamn upbeat and friendly. You know that “Give it 2 U (remix)” will be the next pop obsession (released as a single on July 2nd) fist pumped and twerked by all the kids at the club.
You may be noticing that these song titles are exceptionally nauseating and you have my direct empathy. There’s nothing I can do about that and I apologize for when you become obsessed with “Go Stupid 4 U” and you have to actually share the song title with your friends. However, I think embarrassment is worth checking out this album. Perfect weekend tracks that begin at “Blurred Lines” to get things started and finalizing with the “Give It 2 U (remix),” or if your weekend consists of The Walking Dead re-runs, then create yourself a solo dance party with this feel good pop madness.
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