I was a Robin Thicke fan from the second I heard “When I Get You Alone” on the radio one summer afternoon as I was walking through Central Park six summers ago. Actually, I take that back. I’ve been on the lookout for Robin ever since he co-wrote and co-produced Jordan Knight’s surprisingly solid 1999 solo debut.

Adding a bit of an offbeat touch to a contemporary R&B framework (and writing and producing his own material to boot), it took the rest of the world about four years to catch up to him. His debut album, “A Beautiful World” (which is really good…I think I’ll be writing about that soon) tanked, but the followup, “The Evolution of Robin Thicke”, managed to sell over a million and a half copies and peak at #1 on the R&B chart.

The first single from his third album, “Something Else” (due in September), is called “Magic”. The song’s great (actually, it reminds me a bit of “Move On Up” by Curtis Mayfield), and the video is cheesetastic (but then what would you expect from the son of Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring?). Thicke quite obviously has a sense of humor about himself, which makes me like him even more. Good stuff, and I’m definitely anticipating the album.