The beginning of â€œMagicâ€™ starts out with a decidedly seventies Latin-tinged type of instrumentation. The funk and soulful clap present in this track, which come forth like those in a Teddy Pendergrass track, soon gives way to Thickeâ€™s vocal stylings, which pose themselves as drawing from a rich musical tradition that plays a little bit on Stevie Wonder, more on Lionel Richie, and some Justin Timberlake to bring some younger fans into the mix. However, all of these influences do nothing to really make this track something that will be memorable in current R&B circles. The track itself is not mediocre, but there is something missing, whether it is a featured star adding their own musical style (a current rap star would be a good match here) or further vocal differentiation on Thickeâ€™s part. â€œMagicâ€ is a solid introduction to â€œSomething Elseâ€, and hopefully the rest of the tracks on the disc will be at least this strong. For those individuals that wish to rap over this funk-heavy back beat, the single version of this CD also presents listeners with an instrumental version. Robin Thicke has evolved considerably from either â€œA Beautiful Worldâ€ or even 2006â€™s â€œThe Evolution of Robin Thickeâ€, so give this track a fair spin.
Robin Thicke â€“ Magic / 2008 Interscope / 2 Tracks / http://www.robinthicke.com / http://www.myspace.com/robinthicke /