By Sean Smith
International superstar and friend of Clizbeats, Robin Thicke was recently featured on an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN.
In the interview Oprah talked with Thicke about everything from his marriage to actress Paula Patton to his now infamous VMA performance of “Blurred Lines” with Miley Cyrus. As is the cases with nearly all Oprah interviews, the hour long sit down with Robin Thicke was informative, personal, and well worth your time. So if you haven’t seen it already, be sure to keep an eye out for a rebroadcast of the program. You won’t be disappointed.
Now many of you, like myself, may not have been familiar with Thicke’s music until “Lost Without U” became a huge hit in 2007. Unless of course you were an early Clizbeats.com reader and were introduced to him through an interview Matt and Craig conducted with the star early on in his career. However, since there are many of us that are unfamiliar with Robin Thicke’s earlier work, I wanted to take this chance to introduce you to a song of his that didn’t get the same attention as his more recent hits. I personally believe it is one of his best.
This #ThrowbackThursday offering was the second single from Robin Thicke’s debut album A Beautiful World. The song is called “Brand New Jones” and the video for it features a younger and longer haired Thicke crooning over a melodic beat. As a bonus, it also prominently features his wife, actress Paula Patton. It is a quality record that embodies the same blue eyed soul sound that has become his musical finger print, but it is offered in a genre bending, presentation that was stylistically before its time when released in 2003.
The track, and its album A Beautiful World was not expected by a music media industry that was still getting used to the genre bending Pop/R&B that stars like Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars have based their careers around today. As a result it failed to get the promotion and marketing needed to break through and get a much-deserved appreciation. I believe that you will agree with me that “Brand New Jones” ranks right up there with some of Robin Thicke’s best work.
So with no further ado, I give you yet another #ThrowbackThursday feature here on Clizbeats, “Brand New Jones” by the incomparable Robin Thicke. Enjoy!
“Brand New Jones” (2002-2003)
From A Beautiful World
Nu America/Interscope Records