Robin Thicke, who records simply as Thicke, is the son of actor/songwriter Alan Thicke and actor/singer Gloria Loring.

Robin Thicke, who records simply as Thicke, is the son of actor/songwriter Alan Thicke and actor/singer Gloria Loring. Until now, Thicke worked primarily behind the scenes, writing and/ or producing for Marc Anthony, Brian McKnight, and Christina Aguilera, among others. With his debut, A Beautiful World, Thicke steps in front of the microphone to create a groovy, kaleidoscopic fusion of sounds (jazz, classical, gospel, pop, psychedelic rock, hip-hop, Latin, and major dollops of '70s soul). Throughout, Thicke's sublime blue-eyed-soul vocals recall classic Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye, particularly on such tracks as "Suga Mama," "I'm a Be Alright," and "Brand New Jones." The kicky "When I Get You Alone" finds the artist singing atop the musical bed of Walter Murphy & the Big Apple Band's No. 1 disco-era hit, "A Fifth of Beethoven." In the end, Thicke's world eschews both musical and social boundaries. What a beautiful world, indeed.—MP