This is one of those rare albums where every song is a winner.
Mr. Boy Band in a previous life, Williams achieved the show biz miracle of coming back from a seriously washed up career and substance dependency. Having been dismissed as a no talent has-been, he came back with four superlative albums of substance and broad appeal. This one is the best of the lot.
Each song stands up well on its own, from the minor US alternative hit "Millenium", with its catchy string loops and witty acknowledgement of celebrity shallowness, to the anthemic "Phoenix From The Flames". Williams also provides a fine demonstration of the British penchant for clever lyrics throughout.
The song order is well-thought out, with the complex rhythms of "Jesus in a Camper Van" and the (ripping mad!) angst of "Karma Killer" broken up by hummable ballad, "Heaven From Here". This interspersement of showcase tracks with quietly majestic ones occurs throughout the album and enhances the impact of each song.
I've lent this album to three people and all of them purchased it immediately afterward. Happy listening.