Love After War
Label: The Neptunes
If Robin Thicke had lived during the Rat Pack era, he would have killed it on the supper-club circuit. He exudes smoothness on much of Love After War, from the power-to-the-people neo soul of "The New Generation" to the brash '70s-inspired soul of "I'm An Animal." In spite of those up-tempo numbers, his specialty remains silky ballads, and he offers plenty here, including the title track, "Boring" and the bossa-nova-inflected "Lovely Lady." Even rascally Lil Wayne sounds kittenish on "Pretty Lil' Heart." Thicke isn't breaking any new ground here, but why would you want him to?