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Life Thru a Lens [VINYL]

Robbie Williams Vinyl
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (30 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00005B48F
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,731,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad for a Debut 16 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Britain's most noticeable pop boy Robbie Williams got on to a strong start with his debut, Life Thru a Lens. Fresh from his discovery with Take That, he immediately matured as a solo artist. Joining forces with producer and songwriter Guy Chambers would see a fruitful working relationship.

Where does that leave Life Thru a Lens? It can be considered a somewhat mismatched album, having as it does a general very good undertone with strong numbers, yet a couple of inferior offerings as well. For his first step onto the scene as a solo artist, though, this is good work. Life Thru a Lens is also, without a doubt, still Robbie's most renegade and experimental album. It is undeniably a soul-searching work. Robbie's lyrics deal a lot with his past life, either directly and honestly or slightly tongue-in-cheek. The sleeve of Life Thru a Lens, featuring Robbie emerging from what looks like a criminal trial (and presumably declared innocent) could perhaps be symbolism for that theme.

Already with the opener, the hopeful and catchy "Lazy Days", is the tone set. Robbie is of course a brilliant singer, and the music he crafts on this album along with Chambers also shows that he is no amateur songwriter. Something about the overall tone leaves something to be desired, but hey, Life Thru a Lens is a good album all considered.

"South of the Border" was an under-appreciated single that's quite strong and understated. Its lyrics I see as an allegory of Robbie dealing with his troubled past, his demons not-too-allegorically personified as the girl Cocaine Katie. "Killing Me" is beautiful and heartbreaking, whereas "One of God's Better People" (written for his mother) is fuel for that broken heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars thouroughly enjoyable listening 20 Nov 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was Robbies first big album and underlined his undoubted musical talent.Each song is uniquely different from the next,unlike the repetitive music that many artists turn out.To enhance his talents even more,he throws in a poem dedicated to his old teacher,who said Robbie would never amount to anything.How wrong he was.Simply a great album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most Pray for a debut album this good 26 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being from the states I am a relative nubbie to the whole Robbie Williams craze. Although I remember the song "Back for Good", I didn't remember Take That, let alone the fact that Robbie was in the group. Imagine my surprise, after I became a fan of RW's music. The Ego Has Landed is the first album I've bought in 6 yrs to inspire me get my hands on all the artist had to offer and a far cry from his boyband background. I chose "Life Thru a Lens" first, because I found out it was his debut solo album. And what an album! The song writing and melodies show a maturity that most artist don't accomplish until their sophomore album...if they're lucky. But the brilliant dichotomy of this work of art is the fact that the subject matter and angst in his voice, in his songs, reveal the growing pains of a person in the transition from from boy to man and all the normal turmoil that goes with it - the lost of a first love, difficult decisions, and completed by an ode to ones mother - as well as songs that divulge the underbelly of being an established star by the time you're 18. This is what pop should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robbie's best album 5 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Few took him seriously when he released this, they should have done because everything is right about it.
Great rock tunes on it aswell as the spine chilling classic Angels - lets face it, everybody knows it.
The climax's to the songs are one the album's best points, of course there is Angels, but then the fabulous 'Killing Me' sends shivers down your spine, and the acoustic 'One Of God's Better People' has something in it that you are just able to relate to somebody in your life.
I only hope that Robbie will be given the credibility he deserves throughout his career and in the many years after, his voice and songs are amazing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start To Robbie's Solo Career 25 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is a great start for Robbiw on his own. It includes all the hit singles that are great for dancing to such as lazy days, old before i die; not forgetting his beautiful single- angels. This album includes sentimental tracks such as one of god's better people and baby girl's window, but is also a great album to turn up and dance to. Theres something for everyone here.
From this album you can really tell that Robbie feels it and doesnt just sing a few meaningless words. He shows great maturity in his lyrics in a way that other artists fail to do. And, believe me, this music is nothing like the boyband songs from take that. They're a lot deeaper. They go through what he felt himself and thats what makes it even more special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love him!! 18 Dec 2013
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Thought I had this in my collection but did not so decided to buy whilst shopping for other stuff. A must for any Robbie fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Robbie at his best 4 April 2013
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I don't know why, but this is my favourite Robbie Williams album. I especially like 'Let me entertain You' as I find it a 'feel-good', 'boppy' track
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5.0 out of 5 stars how easy was that 29 Sep 2011
Format:MP3 Download
So easy to download, and can play on anything. great album too replaced the cd which eventually wore out. Cheaper than itunes and no drm
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