Robin Thicke, ‘Blurred Lines’


Robin Thicke has dominated the charts with “Blurred Lines,” a silly, salacious song built on a Marvin Gaye riff and “You know you want it” mantra. It seems to have emboldened him to create a disc dominated by smarmy come-ons. On this eleven-track set of poppy funk, the blue-eyed soul seducer has morphed into a leering Lothario. He uses his surname as an adjective for his anatomy, promising to get freakier than Christian Grey. Double entendres are commonplace in pop, but here he descends into wink-and-nod juvenilia. The subtle charms of his previous five records have been drained out of the music, which is innocuous and slickly produced. Today’s disco revival continues with “Get in My Way” while the rattling club “Give It 2 U,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, is undermined by a strained vocal and inane innuendo. “Go Stupid 4 U” implies the male brain dies at the sight of beautiful women. Thicke must have been staring at too many models when he wrote the disc’s lyrics. (Out Tuesday)

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