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With a staggering 57 million album sales and 11 million singles sold, Robbie Williams has been breaking records over the course of his whole career.

Nine No.1 UK albums meant he is easily the biggest selling solo artist in UK history, a fact reinforced by his 2010 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution To Music. With a tally of 16 BRIT awards he has scooped more than any other artist ... Read more in Amazon's Robbie Williams Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B0093LFGL0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (310 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,264 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Be A Boy
2. Gospel
3. Candy
4. Different
5. Shit On The Radio
6. All That I Want
7. Hunting For You
8. Into The Silence
9. Hey Wow Yeah Yeah
10. Not Like The Others
11. Losers (feat. Lissie)

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Ninth studio album by the BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter. Debuting at #1 in the Official UK Albums Chart, the album features the hit single 'Candy' as well as new tracks 'Gospel', 'All That I Want' and 'Into the Silence'. This limited edition features the alternative 'Roar' album cover.

BBC Review

It could be argued that Robbie Williams’ star had waned before his reunion with Take That; making the appropriation of his Rudebox template for the boys-to-men-band’s successful return with Progress somewhat ironic.

But Take the Crown, Robbie’s first solo set since 2009’s Reality Killed the Video Star, aims to reclaim his position as one of pop’s foremost solo artists.

This ninth album opens with saxophone, revisiting the reflective tone of Robbie’s Take That stint; and, indeed, much of his previous solo material. Accompanied by stabbing synths and nostalgic lyrics, Be a Boy is an effortlessly victorious beginning.

Gospel also mines the past for inspiration: “I used to be so excited on my own,” he sings. Few people have blurred the line between self-therapy and pop success quite like Robbie, and Gospel is typically bombastic; although an unnecessary “go f*** yourself” torpedoes the track’s warm sentiments.

The presence of producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., Editors, Snow Patrol) demonstrates that Robbie’s search to replace Guy Chambers and Steve Power has grown less urgent and more interesting; he’d previously roped in Stephen Duffy and Mark Ronson.

Lead single Candy Girl is catchier than Velcro, although it’s unclear why anyone needs to own it – after the second listen it owns you. It’s eager to please, certainly.

Different is aimed at fans missing Angels, but it isn’t that interesting. The album comes to life, though, with All That I Want and the hypnotic Hunting for You, while Into the Silence is evocative of Joshua Tree-period U2.

Things close with a group-hug of a duet with American singer Lissie, a cover of Belle Brigade’s song Losers. But its “I don’t care about being a winner” lyric is seemingly at odds with the spirit of the album.

Despite these highlights, Take the Crown finds Robbie sounding rather too serious, rather too often. It’s safe, something of a retreat from past endeavours to a sound more suited to commercial returns in the present. Those with a penchant for slightly unhinged pop might do well to listen instead to a certain band called Take That.

--Tom Hocknell

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Wells on 5 Nov. 2012
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Most of the tracks on this album have a trendy quality but the album as a whole is not superficial. Many of the tracks are very moving. The songs have a distinct vibrancy. Even the more introspective ballads are alive and energetic. My favorite tracks are "Be a Boy", "Candy" which is very catchy, "Hunting for You", and probably the most passionate song "Different". One song that I thought was over-produced was "Hey Wow Yeah Yeah". The song "Losers" doesn't quite fit in with the other tracks, it has more of an indie, singer/songwriter sound. Over all, "Take the Crown" is a very good album.

Jennifer K. Lafferty
Author of "Offbeat Love Stories and More"
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 Nov. 2012
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The Ego Has Re-Landed :)

On the whole, a good selection of new material. Only one song in my mind lets it down (S*** On The Radio, too repetitive on the line s*** on the radio makesit a spoiler) but the remainder are very good indeed. Purchased from the MP3 store on the day of release and have listened to it 3 times that day already !
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By Ms. C. Baker on 8 Jan. 2013
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This album had the misfortune of being the follow-up to the incredible 'Reality killed the video star,' and having listened to 'Take the Crown' a dozen times or so I'm still not really sure what to make of it.
On the first couple of listens I was disappointed; I found the album somewhat pretentious, lacking in the clear narrative of the previous album and perhaps even a little passionless - surprising considering the poignancy of most of my favourite Robbie songs. However, I have since changed my mind on that front at least.

'Take the Crown' takes more work to crack than 'Reality killed the video star,' but there are a couple of real gems to be found. The single 'Candy' is of course an almost maddeningly infectious immortalisation of an over-indulged, shallow breed of LA chica XD , and 'Different' is a classic Robbie belter loaded with that brand of bittersweet wretchedness that makes it so powerful and at which he so excels.

'Be a Boy' is moderately catchy, and 'Gospel' is understandably favoured amongst those who have listened to the album, indeed, the infamous line near the end made me laugh outloud the first time I heard it. 'S*** on the Radio' could easily have been a single too (If it weren't for the swearword I suppose?!)as it rivals 'Candy' with it's upbeat rhythm and somewhat anarchic tones. To be honest, 'All that I want' never made an impression on me, I found it dragged for me though I am sure there are others who will certainly dispute that. 'Hunting for you' is quite anthemic, though I must confess I am most obsessed with the following track, 'Into the Silence' though I haven't seen this one discussed quite as much as the other songs. This is, lyrically, a rather hostile thing, but that isn't a negative detail at all.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Deep83 on 5 Nov. 2012
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He may have let others hold the crown for a while, but it's still his. As far as male pop stars go, it doesn't get much bigger or talented than Robbie Williams. He knows how to create a good pop album, and that's just what he's done again.

It is different to his last offering, 2009's Reality Killed The Video Star, which itself was also a great album. This time, Robbie focuses a lot on more uptempo material. There are hardly any real, slow ballads on this (only about 2), yet at the same time, most of the songs have a lot of heart. A lot of this album sounds like it has influences of U2 with a pinch of Coldplay and even a tiny bit of Keane. I begins with "Be A Boy", which is a great opener. This could have been the first single in my opinion (it's certainly much better than "Candy"). This is the kind of song that will have stadiums singing along with him. The only thing I dislike about this track is the saxophone (seriously, who uses a sax in 2012?) (10/10)

Next up is "Gospel" which is another big song. It starts off modestly but morphs into being very anthemic towards the end. I do feel that the swear words at the end kind of ruin the song a bit as they seems unnecessary, but otherwise this song is pretty good (8.5/10). "Candy" is up next, which (somehow) was the first single. This isn't a horrible song, but to me, it is very mediocre, and I can't believe it was chosen as the lead single to represent the album. It sticks out like a sore thumb on the album, as it doesn't sounds like any of the other songs. I could do with or without it (5/10).

"Different" is THE track on this album. This will be the second single in December. It's easily the best track on the album and probably Robbie's best single since his Escapology days.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Y. Stewart on 26 Nov. 2012
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Robbie will always court controversy, he's a 'Marmite' sort of chap. To me he's all about entertainment,and maybe his charisma doesn't always translate to his music. All his albums have had the stand out tracks, the 'silly' tracks, and the duff stuff. I love Robbie, and he never fails to surprise. None of his albums are the same, they're all different, that's what I like. Talking of which, 'Different' is quite possibly the best song he's made to date (imo). I love this album, it's grown on me, even 'Losers' (my least favourite) has merit. I would say 'welcome back Rob', but he's never been away!
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