Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

First Hit #1: June 22, 2013

Blurred Lines has the problem that Robin Thicke comes across as an unrelenting perv. He’s far from the first pop artist to come across as a perv, I mean R. Kelly has had a career for years, and honestly the majority of the charts is people trying to remove the pants of someone else. I mean, the song is mostly fun, Thicke keeps jumping to different parts of his range in order to give a varied and rather enjoyable vocal, the entire thing is above a goofy carnival beat that remains jaunty and fun in spite of not being particularly varied. It’s easy to get carried away in the whole thing, and honestly it shouldn’t feel any worse than all those songs about butts that littered the charts for years.

But then he sings domesticated, or repeats the line “I know you want it”, and I just can’t help but think he’s kind of asking for a drink to the face. It’s just that the lines put me in mind of an old man who tries to pick up much younger women with very little success. There’s a line between sexy and creepy, sometimes it’s a blurred one, but Thicke is kind of on the wrong side of it here, accidentally making the theme song for creepy uncles.

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One Response to Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

  1. musicosity1 says:

    I confess I’m not entirely clear what the “blurred lines” are. That he thinks she’s both naughty and nice? Lyrically, it’s about as sophisticated (or rather un-) as Black Eyed Peas at their least eloquent. Musically, it’s another matter, a delicious slice of Princely disco with funky organ, a great cowbell rhythm line, a fun chord progression that meanders its own path between I and V, and vocals that careen between Tom Jones and Justin Timberlake. His dad Alan Thicke acted on the popular American sitcom Growing Pains for years, and even wrote the very catchy theme songs to sitcoms Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, so Robin comes by his knack honestly. He had one previous Top Twenty hit in 2007; time will tell if he escapes the Two Hit Wonder label.

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