Well, when I got this album, I didn't know what I might hear. The only song familiar to me was Sex Therapy and so I had about 16 others to listen to. I knew it was to be quite a grown-up album, so I expected 'grown-up' lyrics. With the ideas of collabos with Jay-Z and Snoop Dog, I wasn't sure how the rapping would fit in. Well, I was very pleasantly surprised! As usual, I think that there is no fear that this would become a mainstream album - only because it is still essentially Robin Thicke. I think that the collabos are very subtle and don't disrupt the '70s feel of the music. Personally, I found it wonderful to listen to after midnight - reminded me so much of my partying days - Mary Jane Girls, Curtis Mayfield, disco, sunny days, grooving to the music without being hung up on the lyrics - very typical of that era...in my experience. That memory alone, will get 5 stars from me. The collabos are not many. The falsetto is not overdone. I think we hear quite a bit of Mr Thicke's lower dulcet tones. I just loved it all. The Latin grooves are especially soothing. All the collabos are excellent, especially 'Diamonds'.
At least, RT called it as he made it - Sex Therapy - obvious title, not like the so-called mainstream albums we get these days, from which little ears are unexpectedly assaulted with adult content!
I'm sure his following album will be yet another surprise - perhaps really spiritual - who knows where the mood will take him next.
I guarantee that those of you who understand that Mr Thicke is a grown-up man and that he can afford to experiment with the music he evidently loves, that you will really enjoy this album. Naughty but nice - as the lyric goes - but gentle, too. Robin Thicke's music can be so compelling, as we know - I can't wait for him to come back to London in concert.