After scoring a platinum album with 2006's "The Evolution of Robin Thicke" and a massive crossover hit in "Lost Without U," the R&B singer faces some lofty expectations for his new album, "Something Else," which comes out Tuesday (Sept. 30).
But, he notes, "nobody expects more from me than I do."
"I challenge myself pretty hard to rise to the occasion," says Thicke, 31, who's the son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring. "I don't change my sound to match whatever today's sound is. I don't call the coolest people in the business to do guest appearances. So there's always going to be that tough road to travel because I'm uncompromising.
"I just make my own music and hope it connects, you know? I just hope that (people) like it. That's all I can do."
Even more than "The Evolution...," "Something Else" nods to Thicke's old school R&B sensibility with direct sonic references to Motown, Curtis Mayfield and Philadelphia soul. He also got to tap into the spirit of vintage Michael Jackson, using horn players whose credits include Michael Jackon's "Off the Wall."
"It was pretty cool," Thicke recalls. "These 60-year-old, 65-year-old guys are in there, slamming it down. They were amazing."
Robin Thicke performs with Mary J. Blige and David Young at 7 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 28) as the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $39.75-$99.75 pavilion only. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.