From The Vault: Robin Thicke – ‘Lost Without U’

Published: Sunday 10th Apr 2016 by Joe

Though the past few years have brought testing times for Robin Thicke – both personally and professionally, there’s no denying that he’s all sorts of gifted.

This week, From The Vault reacquaints with the crooner’s breakthrough single ‘Lost Without U.’

Serviced as the second single from the star’s 2006 sophomore set ‘The Evolution Of Robin Thicke’, the love-lorn song was written at a time when Robin felt insecure following the underperformance of his debut LP and its singles. Thankfully, history had not repeated itself with this single as it was a sleeper hit in the US peaking at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the Hip Hop/R&B tally – which had not happened for a White artist since George Michael almost twenty years prior. The cut also reached the 11th spot of the UK Singles Charts.

Because he thought it could be his last video if the song tanked, Thicke chose to cast his then-wife Paula Patton as his love interest in the track’s Benny Boom lensed visual.

Needless to say, the chemistry displayed throughout the sensual video veered off the Richter scale. Bittersweet, somewhat, given the eventual fate for the much-loved (and “in love”) couple.

With ‘Blurred Lines’, Robin Thicke managed to gain a new audience. Yet, as many loyalists would agree, he (in the process) also lost that particular qualitative aura that was omnipresent on previous projects. We hope next go around he manages to mix and match the playful Pop elements of the ‘Lines’ album with some heartfelt and vulnerable moments akin to his first few bodies of work.

Sure, he’s already had a few missteps on that path, but songs like this remind us why we’ll willingly wait.

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  1. MusicFan103 April 10, 2016

    This was back in the day when only Blacks cared and knew of Robin Thicke. His music was so effortless and not contrived back then. I liked songs from his ‘Blurred Lines’ album but he has lost himself since reaching that level of success. What a shame. “Magic,” “Wanna Love You Girl,” “When I Get You Alone,” this… etc. are such good songs/music.

    That latest Nicki Minaj single was blah! Terrible. Return to form Thicke.

  2. ???Chile, take this “Itty Bitty Piggy” to the market and make sure you hold her hand while crossing the street!??? April 10, 2016

    This was back during his prime. I still can’t believe he released “Back Together” and it STILL flopped below the ground, even though Nicki had a feature. His career really might be over, since he embarrassed himself with that whole “Paula” mess.

  3. Nate April 10, 2016

    Can this song collect dust before we pull it from a vault? Please and Thank you!

  4. Tran anti bloper honey love but it okay girl April 10, 2016

    Nice

  5. No favs, just here for the music April 11, 2016

    Still his best song to date imo. Brings back memories…

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