Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' is the song of the summer. Will the rest of Robin Thicke's new album find the same success?
Robin Thicke is having quite a moment.
After spending most of his decade-long recording career as one of R&B's journeymen – a sensuous crooner with the occasional crossover hit – Thicke has exploded into pop's consciousness with "Blurred Lines": It's the undeniable song of the summer and may turn out to be the single of the year. The Marvin Gaye-inflected dance groove (and its naughty video counterpart) has become a cultural flashpoint, sparking parodies, commentaries, and endless radio replays.
It's a triumph for Thicke, to be sure – but the tricky part of having success is sustaining it. It's not something Thicke has managed that well through the years, particularly after scoring with 2007's smoldering "Lost Without U." Will "Blurred Lines" end up being a transcendent, but very singular moment for the 36-year-old singer?
If it does, it won't be because of his music. Thicke has always created cohesive albums that are remarkably underrated; with his sixth album being released as its title track continues on its path to world domination, Thicke may finally get the audience his songs deserve.