Review: Robin Thicke’s new album, ‘On Earth and In Heaven,’ is basic, boring

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Courtesy of The Daily Californian

TRL’s James Mapes says that while listening to album ‘there were definitely moments that showed promise.’

After taking a surprise unknown seven-year hiatus, artist Robin Thicke is back with a new album he calls “On Earth, and in Heaven.” 

“On Earth, and in Heaven” is considered a part of the pop genre, and consists of 11 songs that total a 35-minute listen time. The first song on the album is a melodic song called “Lucky Star,” and it isn’t anything super interesting or unique, but it seems that Thicke put effort into this song because of the detail of the lyrics he put into the song. 

Next up on the album is the song “Hola.” Thicke begins singing once again, but this time he says “hola” for three minutes. Repetitive much? This song showed no talent from the artist. It seems anyone could have developed these lyrics. While catchy lyrics are never a bad thing, this was the kind of catchy song that you don’t want stuck in your head because the lyrics repeat themselves over and over again. 

Later on in the album, the song “The Things You Do To Me” is more of what I expect from Robin Thicke: light singing with nice early electronic, fun, 2000’s music behind him on the track. This song does not emote anything heavy or serious, but it is a fun and enjoyable listen despite the subpar vocal from Thicke on this one. The feeling of this song is definitely driving through the back-roads. 

The last song on the album, “That’s what love can do,” is actually a bit better than the rest of the songs on the album because this song is smooth and actually enjoyable because of Thicke doing his best “Usher” impression on this one and does a great job of hitting the high vocals that make you wanna dance. The beat is reminiscent of an old Earth, Wind, and Fire song because of the dance vibes it gives off.

I did not enjoy Robin Thicke’s new album “On Earth, and In Heaven,” but there were definitely moments that showed promise. However, the last song on the album, “That’s What Love Can Do,” is definitely worth a listen because it paints a pretty good picture for the album with creative beat changes and soft, soothing vocals. 

Rating: C+