Review Roundup: Robin Thicke – ‘Something Else’

Robin Thicke’s third album Something Else arrives in stores and online next Tuesday. Find out what the critics are saying…

Entertainment Weekly: Yet what could come off like a bad lounge act on the lido deck is somehow elevated, both by Something Else‘s buttery production and by Thicke’s own light-footed ease with the material. B+

Rolling Stone: The music is a lush, louche swirl of strings, congas and Fender Rhodes that flaunts its debts to Marvin Gaye (“You’re My Baby”), classic disco (“Something Else”), and Philly soul (“Magic”). 3 out of 5

Time Out Chicago: As transparently as possible, Thicke invokes Curtis Mayfield horn arrangements on the single “Magic,” raw Jimi Hendrix guitar on “Hard on My Love,” Sade lite-soul in the sublime “Loverman,” and the quiet desperation of Marvin Gaye’s voice on nearly every track. 6 out of 7

Rap-Up’s Favorite Tracks: “Sidestep,” “Magic,” “Loverman,” “Shadow of Doubt”