Paula

If Robin Thicke needed a lesson in the consequences of disrespecting a woman’s boundaries after his controversial 2013 hit "Blurred Lines," here it is. The blue-eyed-soul singer named his new LP after his estranged wife, Paula Patton, and he spends much of it croon- ing about lost love in a weepy timbre or making bluesman appeals on hyperliteral tracks like "Get Her Back." His soft falsetto is sumptuous, but too many tracks veer into uncomfortable parody, including a self-satis- fied James Brown impression ("Living in New York"). It’s a shame about the heartbreak in Thicke’s life. It doesn’t seem to suit him in the studio, either. 

From The Archives Issue 1212: July 3, 2014
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