You’d be forgiven for thinking, at first, that ‘Pretty Little Heart’ was a number taken from Lil Wayne’s solo catalog. It does, after all, start off with some smooth and seductive verses from the ‘How To Love’ rapper, who drops a few of his typically abstract lines over a throwback piano lick and jazz-inflected drum strokes.
However, the track’s rightful owner is soon revealed as super-sleek R&B whisperer, Robin Thicke, who takes over from Weezy to lay down his own molten vocal showing. Sounding over bursts of big band brass, the soothing refrain of the song – “Baby, you got me/ Don’t worry your pretty little heart” – reveals a more tender side to Thicke, whose past single, ‘I’m An Animal’, only hinted at his wilder traits.
Whatever mode Robin’s in – be it the dulcet croon of ‘Pretty Little Heart’, or the soul-funk boogie of ‘I’m An Animal’ – we’re loving the immaculate, retro-modern sounds he’s broadcasting the moment. So it follows that we’re expecting nothing less than perfection from his forthcoming LP, ‘Love After War’, which is set to drop on 6 Dec. See what you think of his and Wayne’s new collabo, which is streaming here.
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