Looking like a Europop album from 1997 or 1998, Something Else's sleeve design would be much more indicative if it grafted a bunch of little Robin Thicke heads onto each dancing and playing body in Ernie Barnes' Back to Sugar Shack, the painting used for Marvin Gaye's I Want You. Not only would it be apt, it would play to Thicke's predilection for populating his covers with several images of himself. But it would obviously cause some problems.
A typical release from Robin Thicke, who broke big last year with his slinky bedroom ballad ”Lost Without U,” isn?t so much an album as a survey course in Late 20th- Century Smooth. The 31-year-old L.A. native uses himself as a sort of musical medium, conjuring up everyone from ”Sexual Healing”-era Marvin Gaye (falsetto-swathed sweetheart ode ”You’re My Baby”) to Curtis Mayfield (the strutting, horn-heavy ”Hard on My Love”) to Stevie Wonder (crooning piano anthem ”The Sweetest Love”), and even KC minus the Sunshine Band (”Something Else,” a bona fide roller-skate jam).