Is Robin Thicke's 'Paula' Enough To Win Paula Patton Back? — A Song by Song Review

Upon the release of Robin Thicke's newest album Paula , the public will definitely look to his estranged wife Paula Patton for the outcome of the couple's ongoing marital issues. On Paula, Thicke's ode to Patton, he lays all his cards on the table in the form of 14 songs that constitute what may be his final chance at reconciling his marriage. He has to be somewhat serious to record an entire album in addition to the constant "I'm a new man, take me back baby" pleas that we've seen all over since the couple separated.

That's cute and all, but will it work? Let's see how each track ranks on a scale of zero to Winning Paula Back."You're My Fantasy"When Thicke sings "my body's yours, my heart is yours... fantasy," it seems like seduction isn't exactly the right way to start this thing off. But since the word "please" is prominently featured throughout this song, it feels like he really means it when he says "pretty please, come home to me," and my personal favorite "I'll never make it without you."Win Paula Back Rating: 7"Get Her Back"When someone apologizes, it usually helps if they're aware of what they did wrong. This song shows that Thicke is capable of doing just that. He goes beyond the obvious apology, because let's face it at this point, it'll take a LOT more than saying "I'm sorry." Outlining all the things he did wrong one by one with an "I never should've, I should've" list that is noticeably devoid of excuses would likely strike the right chord with any estranged wife.Win Paula Back Rating: 7

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"Still Madly Crazy" Wow, so the teary breakdown didn't take long. This stripped down song begins with a sniff and sigh and Thicke's voice pitifully cracks over a simple piano melody when singing lyrics like "I'm so sorry you had to suffer my lack of self-control, you'd think by now I might've grown..." Someone slap me because I'm about to cry listening to this! You're getting there Robin, yet so many pity-filled love songs to go.Win Paula Back Rating: This song should definitely win Paula back. "Lock the Door" Thicke not only shows us how the breakup impacted him, but includes a chorus of female voices who are presumably singing Paula's complaints. I can appreciate the efforts he makes at seeing the situation from his wife's side and that he understands, "she ain't leavin' no porch light on, she just wants more, she locked the door." OK, so it's hard to not get caught up in the fact that this is a pretty nice song, but at some point Thicke's blatant begging gets to be a bit much, particularly when he pleads with her to "at least open the doggy door." Just, no.Win Paula Back Rating: 5. "Whatever I Want" In case anyone's wondering about Thicke's reaction to Paula moving on, this song pretty much covers that. He tries to convince us that he's concerned about her taking advantage of her newfound freedom and that she'll pursue other prospects, but for some reason I don't believe him. Maybe it's the disco beat and the fact that I think all these songs should be completely sappy and light on the instrumental side.Win Paula Back Rating: 2

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"Living in New York City"

This is a full-on James Brown rock-out session designed for Thicke to show off. Not sure what this has to do with Paula.

Win Paula Back Rating: 0.

"Love Can Grow Back" A big band sound lends a helping hand to Thicke, who sends his lady out for a manicure, which apparently represents the solution to all their problems. He sings,“Go out and get’ em done, when you come back we’ll have so much fun, with your new nails on my back, you’ll be scratching and scratching my itch, with your new nails on my back, something’s broken only you can fix.”

Oh Robin, you simple, simple man. If only a broken relationship could be repaired with the ease of a broken nail. Unfortunately, it takes a little more than filing and waiting a few weeks for new growth.

Win Paula Back Rating: 3

"Black Tar Cloud"

More of the “it’s cuz I missed up” variety. High on self-awareness, but if I'm yawning, I'm pretty sure Paula is too.

Win Paula Back Rating: 3

"Too Little Too Late"

Here's more of what Thicke should’ve done, like buying white roses and showing "some R-E-S-P-E-C-T.” Bottom line is singing about how your efforts are too little, too late, probably means they are.

Win Paula Back Rating: 2

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"Tippy Toes"

This sounds like an attempt to recall the fun times/unique things about Paula, in particular the way she dances on her “tippy toes.” It’s cute and might’ve made Paula laugh, but the timing's all wrong.

Win Paula Back Rating: 2

"Something Bad"

This song shouldn’t sound so fun. Thicke's truest lyric comes when he sings "Look at me I’m showing off again because vanity’s my only friend” Hey, at least in this song, he actually asks for forgiveness.

Win Paula Back Rating: 4

"The Opposite of Me"

Thicke comes to grips with the fact that "all that she needs is something that I can’t give her," which sounds like he knows what Paula wants, but basically admits he's incapable of giving it to her. Oh, Robin.

Win Paula Back Rating: 2

"Time of Your Life"

Is he trying to cheer her up? "You've got that thing," he sings. Well at this point, that's kinda hard to believe coming from your mouth, Robin.

Win Paula Back Rating: 2

"Forever Love"

This sounds like one of the most sincere songs on the entire album, but unfortunately it doesn't echo the sentiments of the rest of Paula.

I seriously feel bad kicking a man when he's so far down but after this initial listen to Paula, Thicke might've been better off keeping this entire situation off his record and behind closed doors.