Friday, December 11, 2009

Album Review: Robin Thicke's Sex Therapy

This Tuesday, December 15, Robin Thicke will release his greatest album to date, arguably the best R&B / soul album of the past decade. DO NOT take the previous sentence lightly! Robin Thicke is back with his somewhat anticipated new release, "Sex Therapy". The only reason I say "somewhat anticipated" is because I have seen limited promo for the album. I can, however, say that the lead single of the same name as the album has been getting steady airplay on the radio. Whoever told Thicke to step away from the piano and make a concept album about sex deserves a gold medal. Do note that there are two versions of the album; "Sex Therapy: The Sessions", and the deluxe edition, where five additional tracks are mixed in rather than tagged at the end, "Sex Therapy: The Experience".
The album starts off with club bangers such as "Sex therapy", "It's in the Morning", and "Shakin' it for Daddy". Trust, you have never heard Robin Thicke like this before. With production from Polow Da Don, Teddy Riley, and Rich Skillz, Thicke utilizes the first half of the album to establish his self as a force to be reckoned with. He definitely makes an effort to get you dancing, and he succeeds [at least with me]. The album incorporates sultry voice-overs from wife Paula Patton [hes the doctor, shes the nurse], and she even gets her own fairly lengthy interlude, "Start With A Kiss" that precedes the second half of the album where Thicke somewhat pays homage to the early Sergio Mendes sound. After listening to this half, I must say, I see Robin Thicke in a whole new light [he even has his first parental advisory warning lol]. The man might be a pimp! Thicke closes the album with "Diamonds" featuring The Game. This song is used to compare women to diamonds. After naming various prominent women such as Beyonce, Keyshia Cole, Rihanna, Queen LaTifa, Michelle Obama, and Paula Patton, its clear that Thicke has a serious case of jungle fever. "Sex Therapy" includes features from Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, Estelle, Jazmine Sullivan, and The Game.
Overall, I would give "Sex Therapy" four and a half stars out of five. After years of playing the role of underdog, Robin Thicke is definitely on the road to legendary status. I predict years later people will remember Thicke as one of the greats. Check the video for the lead single below.