It has a better shot at reigniting Stefani’s solo career than its rather bland predecessor did.
Paula returns Thicke to smooth, baby-making slow jams and trades the disco thump for a big-band swing.
NARAS’s manifesto says the Academy will choose Record of the Year based on artistry alone, “without regard to sales or chart position.”
Listen to a playlist of the best singles of the year on YouTube and Spotify.
Thicke takes such obvious pleasure in simple retro flourishes that the music ends up radiating a warmth and authenticity.
Though it’s no better or worse than Sex Therapy as a collection of songs, Love After War lacks the sense of intent that made Thicke’s foray into electro-funk such a surprising success.