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ALBUM REVIEW: PAULA

You can't fail to be aware that Thicke's latest pity-seeking offering is a chronicle of a man's desperate attempt to win his wife back after some grave mistakes and regrets.

The question on everyone's mind now is what exactly does Paula think of it?

She has kept her silence throughout Thicke's very public pleas to reach out to her.

I would not be surprised if she was inwardly cringing every time she hears of his antics. After listening to Paula (the album), I know I would be.

The 14 tracks display Thicke's deepest feelings, with track names that have a brick-like subtlety - Get Her Back, Still Madly Crazy, You're My Fantasy and Love Can Grow Back.

From velvety regret-filled ballads to upbeat self-pitying, reflective tracks like The Opposite Of Me and Too Little Too Late, Thicke makes it a point to divulge in great detail the error of his ways and how remorseful he is.

The music is okay. But it's strange that instead of "sorry", all I hear is "me, me, me", reducing a potentially sincere work to nothing more than a bid to make himself feel better.

There is no inkling of his past self, the cheeky, overly-confident sleazeball, and I almost feel sorry for him. Yet I can't seem to shake off these two words - publicity stunt.

If Paula was meant to emulate the success of Blurred Lines, Thicke has another think coming.

But after the success of last year, maybe this episode is what he needs to set him straight.

- Noor Ashikin Abdul Rahman