ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT



ADVERTISEMENT


image
Interscope
This CD cover image released by Interscope shows "Paula," the latest release by Robin Thicke. (AP Photo/Interscope)

Maybe Thicke will win wife back


Robin Thicke, “Paula” (Interscope)

It’s easy to fall in line with the crowd that believes Robin Thicke’s attempt to win back his wife by calling his new album “Paula” is desperate and ridiculous.

In some ways it is.

But if we’re judging strictly on the music — and not on the over-the-top, awkward and somewhat creepy public pleas by Thicke everywhere from the BET Awards to the Billboard Music Awards — Paula Patton might want to reconsider.

The 14-track “Paula,” where Thicke spills his feelings, confesses his sins and insists he’s a changed man, is a return to Thicke’s R&B roots. It is also a reminder that he was a talented, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter pre-“Blurred Lines” hysteria.

The sexy number “You’re My Fantasy” helps the album start on the right foot, and the piano mixed with Thicke’s aching voice on “Still Madly Crazy” is impeccable. “Lock the Door” is dramatic and theatrical, while the horn-heavy “Love Can Grow Back” is a winner.

Thicke ditched the glossy electro beats and catchy hooks on last year’s “Blurred Lines” for a more stripped-down, acoustic and simple sound on “Paula” — a much better fit for the 37-year-old crooner.

“Blurred Lines” made Thicke an international star and helped him tap into a younger audience that constantly streams music, buys digital tracks and can determine today and tomorrow’s next pop star. But the song has also been a bit of a curse: It has pigeon-holed Thicke, propelled him to one-hit-wonder status (despite having success in the past) and alienated the singer from the R&B fans who help him reach platinum status. And the tracks on “Paula” don’t sound like songs that will play on Top 40 radio per se.

“Get Her Back,” the smooth lead single, has yet to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but the song is still a winner: Even if he doesn’t get Paula back, his old fans will return.



Back to Features
Top Stories of the Week

Four charged after man stabbed in neck outside Meriden residence …
MERIDEN — A police investigation led to the arrest of four people this month on assault charges stemming from a fight outside a Springdale Avenue … more ...

Worm found in Wallingford school lunch, administration confirms …
WALLINGFORD — A worm discovered in a fruit cup served for lunch at Sheehan High School has prompted concern among some parents. The director of … more ...

Meriden Animal Control at capacity, can’t take any more dogs …
MERIDEN — With only six open kennels, animal control officers face restrictions on being able to take dogs in. Animal control officerSarah Bacon said of … more ...

Wilcox principal on leave, letters detail ‘leadership and communication’ issues …
MERIDEN — Lisa Hylwa, the principal of Wilcox Technical High School, was placed on administrative leave in January pending an investigation by the state technical … more ...

Police: Meriden man hospitalized after attack by former co-worker with …
MERIDEN — A city man walked out of his house early Monday morning with plans to drive to work when he was confronted by a … more ...

Latest Comments