Since Robin Thicke is asking us for $1.29, I’m going to offer up my 2 cents on his new single.
Let’s talk about the song first — it’s fine. It actually reminds me of some of his earlier work. It’s simple, catchy, lyric is focused and the song kind of feels good.
However, it’s the impetus behind the song that runs me low.
Sure, Robin messed up. Great. Also, he messed up very publicly. And now, he’s reaping the consequences. Some will say it’s cute that he’s being chivalrous. There will be memes with his face about how a “real man” works to save his marriage. There will be people who say “well, he is naked in a video with another woman again!” (these people are idiots, btw). Etcetera, etcetera.
Do we judge the man on his music or do we judge the man on his personal life? What do you do when the man draws us into his personal saga via his music?
I don’t care what Robin Thicke does. I really haven’t cared for his music after he stopped looking like Jesus:
And with “Blurred Lines”, which was a hit by ALL measures but was shrouded in SO much bull, from the video, to the samples (or nah?), to the VMA performance with Miley Cyrus, I’m just over it.
His success probably brought him all the troubles he’s had in his marriage, and sure, he’s trying to save it, but I really don’t want to be a party to it. Can’t y’all go get counseling and keep your stuff private like other celebs try to do? Can he just go off to rehab for sex addiction and then take time off?
No, he makes an album about it. Calls the album Paula and puts his pride to the side because he wants his wife back. Musically, I hope it’s great. I wish the best for him and her. I just don’t care to see it played out, and I doubt I will be purchasing any of the music. Purchasing his music and caring about him is what led him to the situation in the first place, so I feel weird feeding the beast.
But if the song is good, America will forgive most things. Not forget, but forgive because “that’s my jam!” and “he’s so talented.” I hope it works for him.