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5.0 out of 5 stars Two weeks later, 21 Oct 2009
This review is from: Reality Killed the Video Star (Deluxe CD & DVD) (Audio CD)
Normally I have no time for reviews written before the release of an album. But I've just listened to a number of the new tracks from this album on a live radio broadcast and they were absolutely incredible. I've gone from 'I might buy it but I don't know' to 'Give me this album NOW!' If you were wavering rest assured the boy is back with avengance.
Two weeks on and track by track:
Morning Sun - beautiful opener and the lyrics make a lot of sense when you know it was written following the death of Michael Jackson
Bodies - sorry Rob but I wasn't convinced it was even a grower. However, it sits a lot more comfortably in the context of the album and I really like it now.
You Know Me - good sing along but not the best choice of single (IMHO)
Blasphemy - gripped me totally on the Electric Proms broadcast and is still beautiful 100 plays later
Do You Mind - fun - I love the performance on this. For dancing round the kitchen
Last Days of Disco - Never got the Pet Shop Boys thing but this is gradually getting to me
Somewhere - Cute vignette (is that how you spell it?)
Deceptacon - To plagerise a newspaper reviewer this is a 'Languid sigh' of a song and now my favourite Robbie ever. Just gorgeous (and to those critical of the lyrics think on "I am the walrus coocoocachoo..........")
Starstruck - Yes! yes! and yes again! Should have been the second single.
Difficult for Weirdoes - See Last Days of Disco
Superblind - Didn't even notice it first play through but now think it's stunning. Rob at his falsetto best.
Won't Do That - a bit cheesy but if he wrote it for me I wouldn't mind one bit (Ayda's a lucky lady!)
On a final note - the production is excellent. Lovely orchestrations but not over done to the point that all the soul is missing. Buy it? Certainly. Welcome back, Rob.
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Showing 1-3 of 3 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 19 Nov 2009 16:53:33 GMT
R. L. Warren says:
soooo informative..thankyou. I dont 'do' Robbie but thinking of buying as a gift for a Robbie fan, after reading your review will buy it!

Posted on 8 Jan 2010 20:07:53 GMT
Gabby says:
I don't really get how you think the two tracks you cite here are like Pet Shop Boys. Because they are more electronic and because Robbie is a PSB fan? That's about it as far as I see. The Last Days of Disco has a darker, more Depeche Mode feel to it, and Difficult For Weirdos is probably closer to the PSB analogy but I still can't see the PSB's making something like that - it's more of a Trevor Horn production. The PSB produced tracks on Rudebox should easily make you realise these two tracks aren't remotely like them.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jan 2010 15:34:10 GMT
Completely disagree with Gabby. PSB do dark as well, very dark. Its just that they bury those songs on b sides that occasional listeners never get to hear. Both tracks cited are quite Pet Shop Boys and understandably so.
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