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Music review: Robin Thicke sheds ego, shares intimate thoughts about 'Paula'

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Robin Thicke 'Paula' album

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NBA player Tobias Harris tweeted out a question on Friday night, "Would you rather find true love or 10 million dollars?!" The verdict came in strong that most of his followers would prefer the money. Regardless of how many times Biggie rapped about "Mo Money Mo Problems" and The O'Jays crooned "For the Love of Money," financial success still seems to outweigh the thought of making a relationship work no matter how many warnings are given. But for others, love conquers all.

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Robin Thicke's most widely selling album "Blurred Line" released in 2013, and although he already had the stamp of approval from the R&B and hip-hop crowd, his pop sound on last year's CD (specifically his single by the same name) opened the eyes and ears of a more mainstream audience. "Blurred Lines" single spent 48 weeks on the charts and landed firmly in the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100. But with that came a lawsuit from the family of the late R&B legend Marvin Gaye, plenty of rumors and photographs about infidelity, a spouse-approved twerking stage performance with country/pop artist Miley Cyrus, and news of a separation from his childhood sweetheart and actress Paula Patton.

Although his fans would much prefer that Robin Thicke have had a more positive year socially the way he did financially, the one good thing that came out of it was his album releasing today named after his wife: "Paula." Whether he keeps the "pop" crowd at this point doesn't seem to matter. He's returned to the R&B/soul essence that he's known for from five other albums: "A Beautiful World," "The Evolution of Robin Thicke," "Something Else," "Sex Therapy: The Experience" and "Love After War."

However, on "Paula," there are no collaborations with well-known rappers (ex. Snoop Dogg, Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell or T.I.), but he does an impressive job on "Black Tar Cloud" with his own melodic rhyme. This song is like listening to the narration on a really juicy reality show but hoping some of it is exaggeration.

"Paula" is straight-up R&B (minus "Living in New York City," "Tippy Toes" and "Something Bad") with a humbled ego. "Time Of Your Life" sounds more like something on a cruise boat, but with enough liquor, it's worth a soul clap. He's trying to win his wife back by any Temptations' "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" means necessary -- with a few dance tracks and a lot more bed-covers-over-his-head songs included. While he's on a cuffing mission, soul lovers can happily clap and sing along.

Some songs go into deep-rooted blues (ex. "Love Can Grow Back), saxophone included. Others are more common, emotional R&B songs about heartbreak and making up. But mostly this is an album that says, "I miss you. I want you back." What makes the album beautiful also makes it sad because it's clearly based on a true story. Some critics won't care for the begging. Others will salute him for trying to make his marriage work. And the rest will just be happy to hear a new project from Robin Thicke's pleasant harmonizing regardless of the reason.

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