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One of the most Soulful albums this year!
on December 15, 2009
A nice Jazzy interlude "911" opens Robin Thicke's fourth album "Sex therapy: The experience". The name says it all really, affairs of the bedroom are at the forefront, with profainity on some songs so be warned!
"Mrs sexy" is a horn-sprinkled slice of Retro Soul. Title track "Sex therapy" is a steamy ballad with gently pounding beats and Thicke's falsetto at the forefront. "Meiplé" (Me I play) is a playful Latin-tinged upbeat song with Jay-Z (with hand claps and flamenco guitars). The unbelievably catchy "Make you love me" features an incredibly groovy bassline.
"It's in the mornin" is another steamy Soul ballad featuring Snoop Dogg. Raising the tempo is the rather skeletal "Shakin' it 4 daddy" featuring Nicki Minaj. "Elevatas" features a Michael Jackson-style squeal, Kid CuDi rapping, and bursts of electric guitar. "Start with a kiss" is a Latin-tinged piano driven Jazzy interlude, while the funky "Rollacosta" with Estelle could have dropped off a Prince album.
The Marvin Gaye-chanelling ballad "Million dolla baby" features Jazmine Sullivan, and from there on, it is soulful ballad after soulful ballad: the beautiful falsetto-sung "2 luv birds", "I got u" (which sounds like it is built up from the intro "911", "Jus right", "Mona lisa", "Brand new luv", all are beautiful summery ballads. Closing is the midtempo string-swathed "Diamonds" featuring The Game.
Robin Thicke can always be relied upon to deliver classy Soul grooves, and this does not disappoint!