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Escapology, then, is his first coming of age album, from mild (but brilliant) pop to serious soft rock...but labels are misleading. This is still very much Robbie, even if some songs are a little misguided (the apparently deliberate non-commercial nature of opener 'How Peculiar' for example).
'Love Somebody' and 'Monsoon' are a relatively new era in RW history, bringing much more of his beloved rock sound into the scheme of things. Much of the album, for me, has the reminiscence of Chris Cornell's first solo effort Euphoria Morning, especially in the catchy 'Something Beautiful'.
The experimenting with different genres and sounds is typical of an album such as this which is more of a statement of freedom than a true attempt at art. It makes the prospect of the next Robbie Williams album all the more exciting. Whether you love or hate this album, one must commend Mr. Williams for having the strength to do something not everyone will like, and may even alienate his audience a little. That said, it is well worth a listen; a few rotations will have you humming along in no time.
What we have here is a simply superb collection of earthy, well written and supremely executed songs in a variety of styles.
"Something Beautiful" is pure USA radio friendly pop, "Monsoon" is one of a few inward looking songs on the album, this one being a message to his army of female fans and the groupies he has "met" in the Biblical sense.
The chorus of most songs on the album is absolutely massive and masterful and Robbie will do well to meet another writer with the musical power that Guy Chambers obviously has.
Other stand out tracks on the album include the Queen-esque "Love Somebody", "Handsome Man" which is perhaps the albums lyrical centrepiece and source of great humour, the battle with drugs and drink as portrayed in "Come Undone", the hidden meaning in "Me and My Monkey" and the extraordinarily moving "Nans Song".
All of the tracks sound as if they were recorded live and the sampling present on previous albums has matured and been removed by earthy, radio friendly and classy rock instrumentation. Gary Nuttall, the bands guitarist, should also be applauded for his superb guitar work throughout the album that really is masterful in some parts and World class in all.
All in all a truly superb collection of mature and powerful rock songs drizzled with the usual lashings of humour and a mature Robbie - who will surely conquer all including the lucrative USA market. Again.
When I heard the new single "Feel", I wasn't too sure if this album was even going to compare to "Sing When You're Winning", his worst album so far (not saying it's really bad, just a little weaker.)
I was happy to be wrong - this is his best album so far. The break from pop, while he was swinging, has done Robbie the world of good.
The tone of this album suits his voice a lot more than his previous outings (Swing When You're Winning excluded!).
While the first track isn't the best, and could easily be compared to a weak Oasis song, from the second track "Feel", the album is simply fantastic.
Some of the standout tracks include "Something Beautiful" a really catchy tune and "Monsoon" a possible the anthem of the album (as "Strong" was from "I've Been Expecting You").
"Me and My Monkey" is strange to listen to at first, but it's good to hear something different like this from Robbie. The mexican sound is fantastic - and the story is great. Especially when they meet "Rodreiguez".. and the ending is all up to you to decide!
As always there are some exceptional ballads included such as "Sexed Up" - a hopeless acoustic love song.
There's also a brilliant duet in there with Rose Stone, a really laid back soulful track - one that will demand the lighters during the inevitable tour.
The album ends with "Nan's Song", which according to RW is the first song that he has completely written, about his Nan. It's a nice slow acoustic song.
This is a fantastic album, and shows how far Robbie has come in the past few years, and how diverse a singer he is, especially in coming back to mainstream pop after the amazing "Swing When You're Winning".
Go out buy it - it's the perfect Christmas present, for everyone. I haven't stopped listening to it since I bought it.
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Very promptly delivered and a well-received present. Love the hidden tracks too. I will buy from this vendor again.Published 5 months ago by Fran
Robster at his finest, well that's my opinion, a great album, I forgot how many solid tracks there were on this collection, go on my son!Published 7 months ago by Mr.Ian Geary