Hoping to repeat the success of 2006’s “The Evolution of Robin Thicke,” the R&B singer/songwriter will release his third album, “Something Else,” this week via Star Trak/Interscope.
The set was produced entirely by Thicke and longtime collaborator Pro-Jay. And, unlike “Evolution,” it features no guest appearances. The album, as Thicke describes it, is a cross between “classic Philly, Motown and ’70s black disco meets the creativity of the Beatles and Bob Dylan.”
“These new songs are talking about a time for change and hope; to get away from all the sadness, loneliness and depression that I used to live in,” he says. “This album expresses the celebration I’m going through and the healing I want to give to people. It’s also about what’s going on in the world with politics and race.”
To that end, Thicke admits he’s found it difficult as a white artist making R&B music to be taken seriously by the industry at large. “People ask me, ‘Why did you choose to make R&B music?’ R&B music chose me. I have no choice; I make what I love. That’s like asking, ‘Why did you choose that woman to marry?’ It just happened. I’m a soulful artist who crosses genres of music just like Sly Stone, Prince, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles.”