Evolution still lives up to its name by trading the by-the-numbers neo-soul of Thicke's 2003 debut for stripped-down, Neptunes-inspired R&B that highlights his heavenly falsetto and mildly twisted fantasies. (Wonder what Robin's pop, the super-straight actor Alan Thicke, thinks about the teacher-student relationship explored on "Teach U a Lesson"?) But like Timberlake, Thicke really wants to be Prince, and like Justin, Thicke isn't anywhere near that evolved. Enjoy this featherweight rhythm-and-breeze for what it is, not for what it aspires to be.
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