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4.0 out of 5 stars Was going to give it a 3*, but then something strange happened.., 22 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Reality Killed the Video Star (Audio CD)
I was listening to it on my home hi-fi which is not too shabby sound quality wise. Playing the CD a few times over I was thought it was only at best a middling effort from Robster. Three stars max. My feeling was that here was a collection of slightly dull average songs dressed up by Trevor Horn's great production. Where's the excitement Robbie I thought? I know you're 'growing up' and all that, but that doesn't mean exciting songs have to be jettisoned does it?

Well, the weird thing is that having listened to it now on the car CD player the album seems to come alive a lot more. It's like it's been produced for a compressed 'close' sound that works far better on more limited sound quality systems like car stereos and mp3 players. This is a phenomenon that is quite a talking point in the recording industry at the moment with record companies thinking that most people will be listening to lower quality mp3's and the like, and hence albums are produced with that in mind meaning they do often sound better with headphones and smaller speakers.

And so this album seems (to my ears) to make more sense and listening pleasure now. That's not to say it's a classic - it's not. But there is a good set of strong songs here, with some high moments. Superblind and Last Days of Disco spring to mind. There is one throw-away filler: Do You Mind. It's Robbie doing Rolling Stones trash.. an awful song that should never have gotten on the album.

I still would rather listen to Rudebox to be honest. But this is ok from The Robster. Closer to 4 stars than 3.
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