♫ Robin Thicke – Love After War
With the year 2012 slowing creeping up, Robin Thicke has decided to deliver a compilations of 17 musical gems with his 5th studio album, Love After War. Mr. Thicke has truly come a long way since his long-haired “When I Get You Alone” days. Nine years later, the R&B crooner is now singing to a new and refreshing tune.
What is much appreciated about Thicke is his overall simplicity when it comes to his album covers. On this project, Robin is seen painted or sketched out in black on the cover, with his blue eyes accenting his evident happiness. And he has every reason to be. He’s married to his high school sweetheart, Paula Patton and early last year they brought their beautiful son, Julian, into the world. With their busy careers and family addition, Robin and his love have managed to keep their fire aflame and get through the highs and lows of their relationship. And it’s clear that their relationship has deeply inspired this album.
♫ Robin Thicke – Mission
This time around with this album, the singer-songwriter keeps it even more smooth with his signature head voice and raw lyrics. His unending love and passion for his wife can be heard in every track. In all honesty, if you’re looking for real, grown, R&B/soul music, then this album is it! Just when you thought soul music was getting lost in the mix of pop and hip-hop music, Robin Thicke uses this album to bring hope back to the classy genre.
Love After War opens with an up-tempo track called, “Angel on Each Arm,” which serves as an anthem and/or tribute to his two angels – his wife and son. The horn and percussion sections holds down the entire song, giving it a jazzy/rock feel. You can also hear the influence of these musical styles in his song, “I’m An Animal” as he protests that he’s still got it in the bedsheets.
♫ Robin Thicke – Never Give Up
One song that stuck out the most was, “Never Give Up,” a song written in dedication to his son to remind him to always look up when times get rough. This song is saturated with strings and practically every instrument you’d find in a symphony from the french horn to the tympani to the violin, viola and cello. This song features a sample of José Pablo Moncayo’s 1941 piece, “Huapango”. Definitely refreshing to hear Robin’s soulful voice over classical instruments.
A few tracks later, “All Tied Up” hits you and you just want to grab that special someone and step the night away. Robin sings the blues about missing his one special love and how he needs her to come save him from his loneliness. In the song, “Boring,” Thicke goes on to thank God for his love, singing, “You make me say, ‘Glory, hallelujah,’” in appreciation of the fact that life with his love is never has a dull moment.
♫ Robin Thicke – All Tied Up
All in all, Love After War sounds more R&B than most albums in its genre today. As opposed to being influenced by pop, hip-hop and today’s favorite radio-friendly sounds, Robin Thicke takes it back to the basics and sticks to what he knows. The live instrumentation on this solid album is refreshing and brings life to the genre of R&B. Love After War is definitely one of the classiest albums of 2011 and a must have for all music lovers alike.