"Loose lips sunk ships. I'm getting to grips with what you said. No it's not in my head. I can't awaken the dead day after day..." "Sexed up" may not be Robbie Williams' cheeriest song, but it's one that fans of his gentle rock ballad sensibility will find hard to resist. The music is utterly beautiful, and the lyrics are great (but how often are Robbie's lyrics not equisite?). While a break up song may not have the commercial appeal of "Feel" or "Something Beautiful," this is probably the best track on the Escapology CD.
The second track here is the simultaneously contemplative and sunny "Get a Little High." This song is not on the Canadian release of Escapology, but it does appear on the U.S. version. "Don't worry baby, if you get a little high. It's just a phase to get you through getting by..." It's a nice, if somewhat unremarkable, pop standard.
Lastly we have "The Appliance of Science." It seems every Robbie single has to have a B-side track that I just adore, and this is it. "Hey now my baby. Maybe now we're free. With the appliance of science, we can be anyone we want to be..." It's got a terrific, soaring chorus that will have you singing along at the top of your lungs. The slightly country flavored instrumentation is reminicent of the glorious "often," though the song itself is much less cutesy. It does, however, contain a healthy serving of Robbie's cheeky sense of humor. "Take your rocket science and shove it," he screams. In an amusing voice over, he reports on the death of the first cloned sheep who died "at the ripe old age of one hundred and one...DAYS." This is a fun, insightful and deeply satirical song about the loss of innocence in a world of surging technological advancement. Give it a listen.