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Escapology [Explicit]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2003
most enjoyable, brill , superb what more can i say
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5 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2002
Robbie Williams has become something of a pop phenomenom since the demise of Take That. He as trotted out a procession of singles, all of them accomplished pop singles, from the sublime Angels to the altogether average Supreme. His confidence is legendary and he apparently swaggers from one success to another.
This album is the first one that he has recorded under the hugely lucrative deal signed with EMI. It is also the last recorded with erstwhile writing partner Guy Winters. All but the last track written with him. The last track on this album and the first track in Robbies future.
Whats it like ? Well, basically it is another Robbie Williams album but without the sparkling moments previously notable on his albums. Something Beautiful is a very poor track indeed, pedestrian and plodding at best. Monsoon reflects the middle ground once dominated by Queen and recently courted by Robbie (Let Me Entertain You), and its not a bad song either. It contains the obligatory swear word as well so Robbie still can appear a rebel.
Monsoon isn't bad either but not as catchy as it could have been, the rest of the tracks follow a similar middle ground formula, no new ground is broken but regular fans shouldn't be too disappointed.
If you are looking for a familiar comfort blanket of an album, the new Robbie Williams is probably for you. If you want to be challenged or impressed, best give this a miss.
One last word, though, Nans Song is the track written without Guy Winters. It is basically what EMI have invested in and, to a certain extent, gambled on. I hope things improve otherwise they may as well tear up the betting slip now.
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2005
What a cracking album from young Robbie.
Like other reviewers I too was critical of his early work but have since been won over by his undisputed talent and spellbinding live performances.
The first release from the album "Tripping" certainly isn't a bad track, but wasn't the reason for me purchasing the album. It's a fun track and definitely grows on you but the album is crammed with so many better songs, such as the brilliant, "Make Me Pure" the beautiful "Advertising Space" and the strikingly honest "The Trouble With Me."
His new writing partnership with Stephen Duffy is in my opinion a great success, and has resulted in a much more mature album full of great, thought provoking lyrics which he delivers in such a heart-felt manner with all the swagger, wit and bravado that we associate with Robbie's work.
If the United States aren't interested in his work then, to be honest, it's their loss and our gain, as he is the most charismatic and dynamic artist of his generation, and the release of his latest album only reinforces this.
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7 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Am I the only person to notice that as RWs arrogance and self-importance grows – as seen in recent TV and media coverage his music deteriates in quality. This latest CD is evidence of the decline and fall of RW. £80m or not this is a drab non-descript hour or so of music that is not even worthy of being in the shadows of his first two albums.
VERDICT: If you’re a big RW fan; you’ve probably already got it…so never mind. If you have any of his previous albums…best listen to this before you buy it. If you have no other RW albums look no further than Life Thru A Lens or I’ve Been Expecting You…escape from Escapology.
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7 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2002
This new album of Robbie's is good it has some outstanding tracks on it especially the first one wrote by Mr Williams himself Nan's Song this is a very emotional song along with Robbie's new single Feel in which he bares his soul. It is probably one of the most awaited albums of the year and it lives upto its expectations. It is a mixture of sounds with some messages in them and if you listen to them you'll know what I mean (How Peculiar for example). All in all this is a must have album and definately one you should ask Santa for.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2005
Escapology, Robbie's latest offering, has all the hallmarks of Oasis' Be Here Now album of 1997. Totally bloated, completely over-produced and excruciatingly self-indulgent. This album is all about Robbie; and what Robbie does; and what Robbie eats; and what Robbie thinks, etc.
Robbie Williams is one severely insecure guy and feels the need to lie about his life to make it interesting. That's basically what it comes down to.
This album does have its high points, though.
The melancholy "Feel", the emotional "Something Beautiful", the anthemic "Sexed Up" and the rocker "Come Undone" are all very good songs which I will listen to again and again.
However, songs like "Hot Fudge" and "Me And My Monkey" may sound great to his legion of adoring fans at a live performance but they are not worthy of praise for being on this album. It's too self-indulgent for words.
"I used to be the boy next door...if you're Lord Litchfield and Roger Moore" he cheekily proclaims. Yeah, yeah, that's all very well, but while you're admiring yourself in the mirror and asking Guy Chambers to write about how good-looking you are, Radiohead are writing classic songs about pyramids, aliens and geo-political scenarios.
That is the difference between real music and pop music, I suppose. If you're a big Robbie fan, you'll love Escapology. If, however, he doesn't float your boat then you should give this album a wide berth.
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7 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 26 November 2002
I found it hard to classify this album into a category. There are no descernable beats on most of the songs. It honestly sounds like an album of B-sides that were not good enough to make any of his previous albums. The lyrics will make you laugh, they are absurd. You will wonder who thought this could be a good idea. I have read other reviews saying here Robs "grows up". Is it grown up to write lyrics that ramble on with no point? To write a 7 1/2 minute song about a monkey with a gun? While you listen to this album, picture him singing it live and the audeince doing anything but wondering what to do. Can't sing along, can't dance, no beat, no coherence. Nice.
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 31 December 2003
His first album was great, innovative and purposeful.
When will people realise Williams is just churning out the same album every year? Well done to the cousins across the pond who figured he really can't write songs for toffee after just one album release. I think it's time all you Take That fans grew up and listened to some real music. Now he has gone solo in song writing aswell we may see something different.
Boring and predictable just doesn't cut the mustard anymore.
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2002
Damn, Guy Richie is one hell of a clever er...guy. Parting from Robbie's side was a great career move, because frankly - this album sucks worse than even Holly Valance's track by track photocopy CD.
I was really looking forward to Mr. Williams' return. Really, I was! But after hearing his comeback track, "Feel" - I knew he was nosediving. Is it me or does it sound like he's nicked Moby's 1995 piano? You'll be doing these comparisons ALL throughout the record. On the magical mystery tour of his album (mystery being the disappearance of good songs), I found myself listening to Queen's "Radio Ga Ga", as well as something about a Monkey...
riiiiiiight...
Yup. I don't know how to swing your opinion without you listening to it. Because, you WILL listen to it. Because, you don't believe me, or you don't WANT to believe me; And it'll be #1 because millions of others won't believe me. But give it a week or so, & then you'll see everyone taking it back to the shop saying "WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?"
Remember his first album, "Life Thru A Lens?" Not only couldn't he spell properly, but it wasn't a good album was it? Nor was his second or third come to think of it. All that kept them alive were the singles. They had all the strength within them to lift that circular piece of plastic high up in the air, & turn it into a halo. "Escapology" has none. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
The problem with Robbie now is that he has refused to tuck away that growl & develop on the softer delivery of notes like he managed to do in the oh-so-classic "Angels". The Robster has made no shame of it, & to be honest - it wrecks it. Maybe that's the reason why I despise the record. Singing with that growl/screech/whatever will no doubt bring that Karaoke singer tag even closer to him. And don't forget, there'll be a second swing album - which will probably feature more tunage wrecking screaming. It's worse than Kelly from Stereophonics.
I'm afraid this is this the Christmas turkey come early, & everyone wants a slice of it. Instead of this, buy Will Young's debut, because with the strength of his solo recordings, he could well overtake Robbie in the popularity stakes.
I apologise if this hasn't been constructive, but I refuse a fifth listen to write deeper.
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10 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2002
While 'Love Somebody' is a song of epic proportions and by far the best song on the cd, on the whole this album makes you fast forward to the next track in the hope that it's bigger than the last track and sadly it isn't. That's not to say it isn't good because it is, it's full of huge orchestras mixed with some hearty swearing and plenty of american references. One can't help wondering what was going on with him to make the song 'Me and My Monkey', no matter how much I tried I failed to find the deeper meaning in this...if indeed there is one to find! To sum up then this is a very brooding, self-obsessed Robbie who I think needs to write more songs with lyrics people can identify with and relate to...that have nothing to do with gun carrying monkeys!
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