This kind of straight-ahead pop (and it is that) usually is not to my taste, but I saw Williams in concert on a Europe MTV special and bought this CD out of curiosity. Sure enough, it is written and produced for the mass market, running the superfical gamut of styles, and upon first listen I was wondering if I had made a mistake. Then the clincher: this guy can sing. I mean, he can REALLY sing! Indeed, it his ability to cover it all that enables the album to be so eclectic. Consequently, after a second or third playing, I was mesmerized. The in-your-face, unapologetic self-absortion of this artist may not be appealing, but Robbie Williams can't be ignored. His confident, superior styling simply enhances his delivery. Granted, this package is certainly not without its flaws with some songs that are at best forgettable, but, in the end, there are enough clever and intriguing selections (a few which caused the release to be censored) to make for a pleasing musical experience. Above all else, however, it is the voice that is the reward; it is the main reason I recommend this to others and why I have also suprisingly become a fan.