Throwback Thursday: Thicke

Ah, 80′s sitcoms.  There’s nothing better than the moral lessons learned from perms and stone-washed jeans.  But one show in particular taught us the “pains” of “growing”.  The show, so aptly named “Growing Pains”, gave us insight into the obstacles of raising children and what it means to be a teenager growing up in the 80′s.  If only Dr. Jason Seaver could see his boy now.  Oh wait, he can.  Because Dr. Jason Seaver (the father) is actually played by actor Alan Thicke and Alan Thicke is the father of singer Robin Thicke.  Whoa, did I just blow your mind?  Because I think I just rocked my world.

Robin Thicke in the golden years.

Robin Thicke in the golden years.

Admittedly, Robin Thicke (and his music) should not be labeled as a “throwback”.  He has been producing albums since 2003 and has a total of three records to boot with a fourth on the way.  However, he has recently been established commercially as an R&B pop singer who’s songs get played more often on top 40 stations than “discovered” by hardcore music pioneers in the underground.

No, the “throwback” I’m referring to is the not-so-commercially recognized first album entitled A Beautiful World.  This album is a heartfelt, up-beat, love-making, soulful smorgasbord of funk.  Every song creates a whole new vibe from scratch leaving you wondering what the next song will feel like and how it will inevitably leave you wanting more.  The songs most noteable single, “When I Get You Alone”, features the popular disco sample from Walter Murphy’s “A Fifth of Beethoven”.  The song is infectiously catchy and never gets old.  Great for parties too.

Other noteworthy songs on the album include “I’m ‘A Be All Right”, “Brand New Jones“, “She’s Gangsta” and “Oh Shooter.”  Robin Thicke’s vocal finesse allows him to reach notes at all ends of the spectrum.  You can honestly hear the soul in his voice with every note he sings.  He can hit the lowest of low notes and the highest of high notes, as illustrated by this graph:

Robin Thicke's Vocal Finesse

Robin Thicke's Vocal Finesse

The band formerly known as Thicke with the album presently known as A Beautiful World should be in your iPod.  Because even if you’re not a top 40 type of person, everyone loves a little soul.  And everyone loves a little “Growing Pains.”

About the Author

Kyle Brigham is a fan of all things music. He has been to a ridiculous number of concerts across the nation and has been interviewing bands for over 10 years. He likes to listen to music excessively loud and thinks you got to get up to get down.

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