I was definitely getting tired of hearing the same old Calvin Harris and David Guetta-produced songs on the radio day after day and enduring the Flo-rida's and Pitbulls. After a while, they all seem to sound the same. Along came Suit & Tie, i got a little bit skeptical when i first heard it but slowly grew it grew into me. And then there was Blurred Lines, finally that breath of fresh air.
While the song itself is over almost three months old, the song is now number one on the Billboard hot 100 and probably will be the most addictive song of the year. The song is the lead single off of Thicke’s upcoming album with the same name.
Intended or not, “Blurred Lines,” featuring producer Pharrell and Atlanta rapper T.I., is fair competition or rather the better version for Timberlake’s current single with Jay-Z, “Suit and Tie.” In this playful single, Thicke samples the famous Marvin Gaye hit, “Got to Give it Up.”
“Blurred Lines” is a flirty song about Thicke and a woman, who portrays to be a good girl, sending signals back and forth to each other.
The contrasting styles of Thicke, Pharrel and T.I. blend together in the song to create a classy, feel-good product.
Even on this quirky, playful song, T.I. kills his verse and complements the song tremendously with his lyrical balance and swagger.
Thicke, Pharrell, T.I. and three diverse models seem to be having a good time in the video with innocent flirting, off-beat dance moves, random goats and T.I.’s James Brown dance impersonations.
The music video for “Blurred Lines” caused quite the controversy. The video was released March 20 and featured Thicke as well as the other artists that collaborated on the track with him, T.I. and Pharrell. The original, unrated version features the three artists surrounded by topless models and can only be found on the popular video-sharing website Vevo. The video bought into the popular Twitter hashtag language, stamping the video every few seconds with #THICKE.
Critical reactions to the song were mostly positive. Bill Lamb of About.com gave the song 4.5 stars on 5, lauding Pharell's production and "Robin Thicke's seriously sexy vocals" and deeming it "the catchiest and sexiest pop dance hits of the year."The Michigan Daily's Jackson Howard graded it an "A" and praised it as "one of Pharrell’s best beats in years ... by the time the multilayered and carnal harmonies of the chorus come in, the song is completely on fire."Writing for Billboard, Chris Payne compared it with Justin Timberlake's Suit & Tie and called it a "bubbly bit of disco-shuffling R&B", while also noting its racy content.
Friday, June 14, 2013
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