这张唱片的整体音乐性非常强，融合了SOUL、RNB、POP、甚至是JAZZ等多种曲风，整张的感觉轻盈，柔和，没有过分华丽的编曲。Robin声音的运用上真的和JT感觉差不多，尤其是假音的部分。听Lonely world这首歌的时候，如果不是提前知道是谁唱的，我想大部分的人都觉得那会是JT的又一首Bonus Track。听这张的时候，我建议你把更多的浮躁放下来，最好可以在睡前闭上眼睛去聆听，这会帮助你更多的去感受舒缓的节奏带给你的轻松感，好象是踩在软软的沙滩上，一种无知觉的沦陷。他的专辑无需花哨的简介，听他的声音，你会轻易被俘获~~
＊首支灵魂放克单曲＜Wanna Love U Girl＞由当红超级组合The Neptunes (布兰妮、贾斯汀、史奴比狗狗)操刀
似乎提到嘻哈/饶舌/灵魂…等乐派，能唱出此味道的人种，脑中应该大量浮现黑色艺人影子，然而这位白人亮眼新秀Robin Thicke，要你惊嘆他那犹如黑人附体般感性灵韵以及细腻情感掌握之表现，更是菲董Pharrell设立音乐厂牌Star Trak旗下力捧年度代表，同样成为音乐各界锁定瞩目重要焦点。
来自加州的全方位创作白人歌手Robin，自小在娱乐圈环境下长大，母亲是著名歌手/演员Gloria Loring，父亲则是著名电视演员Alan Thicke。跟随父母脚步的Robin在12-3岁期间客串演出戏剧节目，但总觉得这不是他想追求的未来；接著转战音乐领域，以16岁年纪签入附属 Interscope旗下之Nu America Records厂牌，优异的创作才华广及多方领域，乐坛数一数二畅销歌手如：亚瑟小子、克莉丝汀、马克安东尼、白兰蒂、美雅、布莱恩麦肯奈特、罗南…等人，都唱过他的歌。2002年个人专辑《Cherry Blue Skies》，首支取样Walter Murphy 1976年全美流行榜冠军曲＜A Fifth Of Beethoven＞，改编贝多芬第五号命运交响曲，顿时吸引全球乐迷注意，登上澳洲Top17+比利时Top15+义大利Top15+纽西兰Top8+ 荷兰Top5位置，翌年更改专辑名称《A Beautiful World》并加收歌曲重新问世，於全美卖出近六万张销售成绩。
2005年结束帮威尔史密斯畅销单曲＜Switch＞混音的工作后，Robin转籍Star Trak旗下筹备第二张专辑《The Evolution Of Robin Thicke》，除了亲自负责大部份词曲创作与製作，还邀请Pro-Jay(风尚乐团、亚瑟小子、克莉丝汀)助阵操盘。首支单曲＜Wanna Love U Girl＞交由当红超级组合The Neptunes (布兰妮、贾斯汀、史奴比狗狗)操刀，灵魂放克声频穿绕其中，介於史提夫汪达与杰米罗奎尔的音线触感，加上菲董饶舌片段谱入，是首热闹愉悦的首选佳作；请来90年代节奏蓝调第一夫人Faith Evans美声合唱开场曲＜Got 2 Be Down＞，默契十足的合唱迭音与Robin真假音漂亮转换，一首灵韵浓厚的动人之作；曾在纽奥良饶舌团体Hot Boys展现天赋的Lil’ Wayne，在＜All Night Long＞一曲中发挥派对男孩能事，挑起舞动感正点节拍；＜Everything I Can’t Have＞燃烧拉丁爵士鼓动气氛，营造出一场小型嘉年华会音场，并惊艳於Robin优游旋律中的曼妙佳音。
R&B with tempo: Justin Timberlake resurrected it, and it's proving way more influential than that other lost commodity--sexy--he claimed to be bringing back in 2006 on FutureSex/LoveSounds. Timberlake is to Robin Thicke what 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys were to a band like O-Town, in fact: he pretty much made it all possible. But even though it took one blue-eyed soulster with a hot look and an achy falsetto to bang down the door for another, Thicke presents a convincing case here that he had the goods to get us grooving all along: Evolution is a classy disc that tiptoes up to its listeners, first with an elegant duet with Faith Evans ("Got 2 Be Down"), next with a slick lament that wouldn't sound out of place on a Boyz II Men disc ("Complicated"), and then with a sweet plea that commands a finger-snap ("Would That Make U Love Me"). By the time we reach the long, sweeping lullaby that is the final track, "Angels," we've also had a taste of Thicke's swaggering side ("I Need Love," "Cocaine"), his hip-hop loving side ("All Night Long" and "Shooter," both with Lil Wayne), and the side that fantasizes about 1950s Latin ballrooms ("Everything I Can't Have," a hot tamale of a number that commands a visual if ever there was one: it's impossible to hear this song without imagining a raven-haired woman with a red rose between her teeth). Despite the range of moods on display, they're all in service to Thicke's inner R&B smoothie, and they all brush up against the ear with something like affection. Hard as it will be for listeners of a certain age to get past knowing that Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke, the actor who did his part to cheese up 1980s TV with the sitcom Growing Pains, they're going to have to: with his fan base swelling by the second, the evolution of Robin Thicke is going to be a deservedly loud one. --Tammy La Gorce
The Evolution of Robin Thicke is the second solo album from the critically acclaimed, Grammy award winning songwriter and producer of records for such artists as Michael Jackson and Christina Aguilera. The album is a timeless work of art. With a voice of purity, passion and soulfulness, Robin brings to life the stories and emotions of the last two years of his life.
The album is filled with incandescent magic. It is an album that tells the tales of love, loss, temptation, redemption and finding hope when all the odds are against you. "My greatest desire with this album was to write songs that were completely honest and sing them with the emotion I was feeling when I wrote them, so that whoever listens to my music is brought as close to my experiences and life as possible."
Reflective, redemptive, passionate and etched with a soulfulness that is undeniable, The Evolution of Robin Thicke is an imaginative and heart-felt album that you cannot help but be moved by, bob your head to and smile throughout.
FEATURING GUEST APPEARANCES BY Faith Evans, Pharrell, and Lil' Wayne PRODUCTION BY The Neptunes
The story goes that the very happening Pharrell Williams asked music mogul and Interscope president Jimmy Iovine about his plans for Robin Thicke and then quickly snatched the artist up for his Star Trak imprint. Pharrell's enthusiasm for Thicke -- suave son of squeaky-clean celebrities Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring -- suggests he's one of the few who purchased his Interscope debut, 2002's Cherry Blue Skies, which was relaunched a year later as Beautiful World before fading into obscurity. While Thicke returned to his successful career as a songwriter and producer -- Christina Aguilera and Usher are just two of his many clients -- a cult formed around his debut. In 2005, there was both the Star Trak announcement and Lil Wayne's reinterpretation of Beautiful World's "Oh Shooter" for his 2005 release Tha Carter, Vol. 2, but the promised Thicke album that would reap the benefits was delayed, then delayed some more, and the cult got worried. Finally landing almost a year after originally promised, The Evolution of Robin Thicke is flawed with too much softness upfront, a lazy flow that takes some getting used to, and a downright awful track called "Cocaine," where style trumps substance, something that nearly happens the whole album through. Still, none of this means Thicke's sophomore effort shouldn't be embraced by those who appreciate his slightly eccentric take on slick blue-eyed neo-soul, because he's still mostly Timberlake for the skeptical set, or Prince for those who pine for the Purple One's over-stylized side project, the Family. Like old-school Prince, Thicke replaces every "you" with a "U," every "for" with a "4," and peppers his dreamy, sensual seduction numbers with brash and horny stingers. The bossa nova noir "Teach U a Lesson" feels comfortable and safe before Thicke's professor character explains how his student can "earn some extra credit," while "All Night Long" with Lil Wayne escalates from "All night long I wait 4 your lovin' babe" to "All night long I wait 2 tear U 2 pieces." Hardcore Southern baller Lil Wayne's two appearances -- the other being the return of his great "Shooter" -- are just one of the oddball genre-jumps the mostly neo-soul album makes, with Latin congas spicing up "Everything I Can't Have" while fingersnaps and jazzy arrangements play a big role in the sophisticated "Complicated." Over-indulgence and whims are all over the album, but perfectly polished pop tracks like "Wanna Love U Girl" and the surprisingly straightforward, empowerment-minded ballad "Can U Believe" succeed without any quirks. There isn't anything as instantly gripping as his debut single, "When I Get You Alone," and this fascinating effort just isn't tight enough to be called a classic, but with a little editing, rearranging, and forgiveness, his rabid following can sure love it like one.
01. Got 2 Be Down - Faith Evans, Robin Thicke
03. Would That Make U Love Me
04. Lost Without U
05. Ask Myself
06. All Night Long
07. Everything I Can't Have
08. Teach U a Lesson
09. I Need Love
10. Wanna Love U Girl - Pharrell, Robin Thicke
11. Can U Believe
14. 2 the Sky
15. Lonely World