Robin Thicke's 'Sex Therapy' a curious blend

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Singer Robin Thicke performs at the celebration for the life of Michael Jackson at 1OAK in New York. (Credit: Getty Images)

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What makes Robin Thicke's "Sex Therapy" (Interscope) so addictive is the way he bends the latest hip-hop styles to his will.

Whether he is surrounded by the spacey stomp of "Elevatas" with Kid Cudi, the Dirty South-fueled "Shakin' It 4 Daddy" with Nicki Minaj or the playful bossa nova of "Meiple" with Jay-Z, Thicke and his smooth vocals remain remarkably on target.

He even makes a mashup of Eurodance rhythms and James Brown funk on "Rollacoasta," with help from Estelle, sound as effortless as his Princely falsetto.

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