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Escapology [Explicit Lyrics] [Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks]

Robbie Williams Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000070WJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How peculiar
2. Feel
3. Something beautiful
4. Monsoon
5. Sexed up
6. Love somebody
7. Revolution
8. Handsome man
9. Come undone
10. Me and my monkey
11. Song 3
12. Hot fudge
13. Cursed
14. Nan's Song

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He's tried his hand at indie-rock, big-band swing and brash pop music--so where does Robbie Williams' fifth album take the popular British entertainer? Escapology is far removed from his previous albums: it's a serious attempt to make something as credible as it is accessible--so no more bubble-gum wonders such as "Rock DJ" or "Kids". Robbie has now matured and makes adult-orientated rock or middle-of-the road pop music. Lead single "Feel" is standard adult-pop fare that one might expect from the likes of Phil Collins or David Gray; it's redeemed, however, by Robbie's noticeably heartfelt vocals--though perhaps not the best singer in the world, you can tell he means every word he sings. The highlight of Escapology is the gigantically epic ballad "Love Somebody" in which his voice is pushed to its very limits and is pitched over a lush backdrop of brooding strings and a rousing gospel choir.

Unquestionably the ballads reign supreme--the heavier rock numbers are large and impressively produced with a cheesy touch of soul, filled with brash horns and pub-rock arrangements in what feels like an attempt to follow Oasis but ends up being more like Toploader.

Robbie's lyrical content is still very personal and much of it harps on about what a hard time he has being a pop star ("How Peculiar" and "Something Beautiful"). To fit his new mature style, there is less self parody, although his sense of humour and wry observations do shine though on "Handsome Man" and the catchy but silly "Me & My Monkey". Last but not least, the first track written entirely by Robbie himself, "Nan's Song" is a simple and moving tribute to his late grandmother. Although by far not the best on the album, Robbie will probably take comfort in that, firstly, it's good enough to be on the album and, secondly, it's better than Liam Gallagher's first effort. --David Trueman

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CD Chrysalis, 7243 5439942 8, 2002 14 Track

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown Away 27 Dec 2002
By kramax
Format:Audio CD
For a couple of years now I have read about this guy in the tabloids and consequently didnt take the time to listen to his music. Escapology is brilliant. How can the same 'awful' guy in the tabloids have written 'Feel', 'Monsoon' and the best song of all 'Come Undone'? The songs are emotive and ironical and the music reminds me of English pop of old, (before such mediocrity as Spice Girls etc.) Here is a guy with much talent who takes his music seriously. He will be around for many more years. I for one will be buying his previous releases and hope they are as good as this one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Coming of Age for the Veteran of Pop/Rock 24 Nov 2002
By Daniel
Format:Audio CD
Anybody who has seen the Robbie Williams Bare-all documentary 'Nobody Someday' should realise the significance of this album. After the tear jerking confessions that Mr Williams hates every part of being a popstar, you begin to realise why he took that wonderful year off for "Swing When you're Winning" and why he appeared so very happy at the Albert Hall.
Escapology, then, is his first coming of age album, from mild (but brilliant) pop to serious soft rock...but labels are misleading. This is still very much Robbie, even if some songs are a little misguided (the apparently deliberate non-commercial nature of opener 'How Peculiar' for example).
'Love Somebody' and 'Monsoon' are a relatively new era in RW history, bringing much more of his beloved rock sound into the scheme of things. Much of the album, for me, has the reminiscence of Chris Cornell's first solo effort Euphoria Morning, especially in the catchy 'Something Beautiful'.
The experimenting with different genres and sounds is typical of an album such as this which is more of a statement of freedom than a true attempt at art. It makes the prospect of the next Robbie Williams album all the more exciting. Whether you love or hate this album, one must commend Mr. Williams for having the strength to do something not everyone will like, and may even alienate his audience a little. That said, it is well worth a listen; a few rotations will have you humming along in no time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By "memvg"
Format:Audio CD
Robbie Williams has demonstrated a far deeper and creative side to his music now that he has become mainstream. Sure, his earlier three albums were great, and catchy, but following his Swing When You're Winning album, and to maintain his new legion of adult fans, Robbie has written a far more mature album, which is not so simplistic and shallow as his earlier efforts.
The heart-wrenching 'Feel', is deep and emotive, the clever use of phrases like i dont want to die/ but am not keen on living either/ portrays the new Robbie William's in a new light. This was the first single.
Other noticeable tracks include Come Undone, which deals with society's inadequacies- /"they're selling razor blades and mirrors in the streets"/.
'Me and My Monkey' is humorous, and similar to his Swing When You're Winning effort, trumpets, strings and all. It is long, however sustains the listener well.
'Revolution' is soulful and raw, combining the talents of Rose Stone and Robbie himself into an enjoyable duet.
'Hot Fudge' deals with the plastic and fakeness that is LA. Robbie obviously soaked up some of the atmosphere when he lived there and recorded this album, and it deals with the attitudes of the people, in lines like 'cant find me a virgin/ but i'll get you a surgeon, 24 hours a day/'
The record demonstrates Robbie William's remarkable talents, and also shows that he will continue to improve as the albums go by. This album however is a breakthrough for him as a songwriter, it is new, fresh, cutting edge (for himself that is), and above all mature. Gone are the days of 'Rock DJ' and 'Let Me Entertain You', think 'Supreme', 'Let Love Be Your Energy' and 'No Regrets'. One thing is for sure however with this album, if you like Robbie, you wont regret buying it, not one little bit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional album 6 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Right, lets just set things straight, i'm not a music critic or expert, but i am a music fan, and what an album this is. Robbies best album by far. Still a bit of cheese here an there but hey it's Robbie. I've listened to this album for 6 months now and it's never been out of my hi-fi. Ignore all the negative reviews. Track one is a bit weak but from then onwards it's just sheer bliss. I can't pick a favourite cause i love them all (track 1 excluded!) There's everything you need here, ballards, soft rock, rock, pop, and of coarse robbies fantastic sarcasm and attitude, also his ever growing humbleness!! ha. I own over 200 albums from the likes of oasis to mettalica, from david gray to eminem, and never has my music been so neglected since December when i purchased this album. Might sound like i'm kissing his ass,trust me i'm not, some of his earlier work was a little passe for my liking but Escapology is an incredible achievment. The best i have heard? So far yes. Will i be listening to it in 5 years? I hope so. Is any artist worth 80 million you might think? This one is!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again... 10 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Escapology is a truly amazing CD; it has a wide spectrum of overtones, including those of pop, jazz, gospel, and hard rock. Every song is completely different and completely unique, but each song has that subtle red flag that lets you know it's another of Robbie's songs. Maybe it's the lyrics- sometimes cheeky and sarcastic, sometimes heartfelt and profound, sometimes outright dirty- that make Robbie's music so much more deeper and so much more mature than today's average pop artist. I would recommend this cd to anyone who is mature enough to handle Robbie's anger, his bitterness, his joy, his humour, and the many emotions which make him so very human and which make this cd so remarkably endearing and memorable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by STEPHEN J REED
1.0 out of 5 stars Execrable.
Another absolute zero for this dud-stinker of a CD. Nothing of worth on this disgraceful effort and he just becomes more dislikable by the minute. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Flantheman
3.0 out of 5 stars half the songs were good half rubbish
Some of these songs show robbie william's voice at its best and they are really good.
But half of them are fillers. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
One of the great Robster albums, never dates! Great reminder of Knebworth 2003. If you were there you will understand!
Published 14 months ago by craftycat6
5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie Williams cd
The cd is great ive had it before but it got broken, but this was in good condition, well wrapped. Quick delivery, plays well. Read more
Published 17 months ago by anne marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent-Best album EVER!!
Absolutly love the mix of Rock based tracks, ballads and thought provoking lyrics. Thought provoking & very honest.
Best album EVER.
Published 20 months ago by katie
5.0 out of 5 stars robbie at his best
Fantastic soft rock songs where you can at least understand the lyrics and know what they mean! Some of the greatest solo tracks he has performed!
Published on 1 Sep 2012 by A. T. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
I loved this album seven odd years ago, so thought it would be as good as I remembered, and it is!!
Published on 26 Feb 2011 by Laura
4.0 out of 5 stars some sweet tracks
Not too hot the explicit bits but there are some really sweet tracks on this album - I particularly like 'Something beautiful' 'Feel' and 'Love somebody'.
Published on 11 Oct 2010 by Sorceress
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow.
This is, by a smidgen, Robbie's best album, and sadly his last with collaborator Guy Chambers, and undoubtedly, they never lost it as a pair. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by James Mcwilliam Woods
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