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Give it a chance....
on 25 October 2006
As someone who has followed Robbie's career from the start (before everyone jumped on the Angels band wagon!) I have been becoming more and more disappointed with his albums whilst I thought Escapology was a good album (apart from Me & My Monkey) I felt Intensive Care was over rated and now this disc....
I first heard Rudebox and thought it was a joke on the press about how Robbie could write a track in 5 minutes and get a child to put the music to it...but no it was for real!!! In a time when the likes of Timberlake and Furtado are going for a smooth current sound using the likes of Timberland, Robbie appears to be in a reverse gear making rather dated sounding music...Is this a bad thing?? Maybe not, but it takes a bit of getting used to, I have listened to the album a lot to try to give it a chance to grow and I would say it is a little easier to listen to than Intensive Care but you have to give it a lot of listens, although the final track Dickhead really is pointless.
For once I would say do not read into the lyrics, Robbie appears to have lost the sharp lyrical wit he once had, simply enjoy it as a memory of the 80's and 90's. My one big question would be who advises the likes or Robbie, Michael Jackson and George Michael?? Are they surrounded by yes men and are therefore permitted to releash albums that are far weaker than they are able to produce. Robbie is an extremly intelligent artist and a very good business man who is normally always right (but not always!!)
Give it a go and let us know what you think (but give it a chance!!)