Does Robin Thicke creep you out? No matter how you felt about the Canadian R & B singer after he broke big in 2013 with the blithe “Blurred Lines” and seemed all too happy to have Miley Cyrus twerk on him at the MTV awards, chances are you’ll be put off by the skeevy aspects of Paula (Universal **).
It’s an album with a clear goal in mind: To “Get Her Back,” as its first single puts it, “her” being his onetime high school sweetheart and now estranged wife, actress Paula Patton, with whom he split earlier this year. In a celebrity obsessed culture driven by seemingly insatiable curiosity about what the stars are really doing behind close doors, Paula manages the difficult task of providing more information than any but the most pruriently curious could possibly want to know. At times, Thicke is stalker-ish (on “Lock The Door”), at times his tone is cluelessly off (on the goofy “Tippy Toes”), and mostly ("Too Little Too Late," Something Bad") he’s abjectly guilt-ridden in a way that’s not entirely convincing. The context makes you want to listen, but you’ll feel dirty once you have.
"Get Her Back" is below.