The begging begins about 55 seconds into "You're My Fantasy," the opening track on "Paula." Over gentle salsa strums, Robin Thicke pleads "please" seven times in a row to a woman whose absence feels ghostlike ("I can smell your perfume/­Your legs are on my walls/Your body's on my ceiling/Your giggle down the hall"). "Paula," Thicke's seventh album, is a post-breakup record, named after his high school sweetheart and now estranged wife, actress Paula Patton. And it's a sharp departure from the blithe mood of 2013's "Blurred Lines," which gave him a No. 1 smash.

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