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Take The Crown (Deluxe Edition)

Take The Crown (Deluxe Edition)

1 Jan 2013
4.4 out of 5 stars 362 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2013
  • Release Date: 5 Mar. 2013
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Farrell Music Limited, Distributed under exclusive licence by Universal-Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:09:24
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  • ASIN: B00BLC2VEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 362 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,004 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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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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Hit play, sit back, and get taken on a journey through classic Robbie Williams back to his absolute best. Yes, 'Candy' may come across with a 'novelty' feel to it but it's a fine line between 'novelty' and 'catchy' and this track is ultimately catchy. No such potential confusion with the rest of the album however where the winning Roobie formula of great lyrics and anthemic tunes keep you listening over and over again. 'Different', 'Hunting for You', 'Into the Silence' are all crackers with the feel of early Robbie and it's great to hear an alubm where the second half stands up to the first. Brilliant stuff - gutted that I didn't manage to get tickets to see the man live!
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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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Life thru a lens and I've been expecting you were entertaining and at times clever records.
One must admit it.

Some of the songwriting was some of the best examples of how you write a pop song.
But a time comes and goes and you must move on...Robbie Williams never did.
Since 2001 he has been repeating the same album over and over while providing a different cover making it look like a completely different album.

This album, at least is less annoying than the joke he put out before which was Rudebox and the Intensive Care album, records so boring you could fall asleep to them.
At least...he should a vast improvement on his Reality Video star 2009 album. But it wasn't a rock record, it was a pop record and still had that annoying disco electronic nonsense from the album before.

This album doesn't improve on the record before, it goes back to what he was doing before.
Candy...is a bizarre song, its an okay pop tune. But the rest of the record isn't half as entertaining as that song.

Different is okay. Some of the others is just nonsense...Be a Boy and Gospel are just rubbish.
Some that made the Under the radar were left off this album, and its obvious they should of been on here.

Losers of course is the big hit. A song about staying in and not going out anymore....how thrilling.
Of course the best songs are missed off, on the deluxe version (deluxe being 2 extra songs)

Reverse and Eight letters should of replace "On the radio" and "Not like the others" which are just filler songs.

Sorry, not so great. Go listen to Under the radar or Life thru a lens again...until next time.
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