The former Take That leader's 1997 solo debut. 11 tracks, including the international hit singles 'Lazy Days', 'Angels', 'Old Before I Die' and 'Let Me Entertain You'.
When Life Thru A Lens
came out, Robbie Williams was a swiftly-failing music industry joke--"Blobbie Pill-iams", the ballooning drug-freak, drunk and bleary-eyed at far too many parties for his own good. Although his cover of George Micheal's "Freedom" had gone in at Number 2, "Old Before I Die" and "South Of The Border" sounded too like weak-tea Oasis for any real chart action and people were starting to talk about him as a failure. Then the elegiac "Angels" with its simple black-and-white video hit MTV pay-dirt, and six months later Williams was picking up six BRIT Awards, showing off his post-rehab six-pack and dating an All Saint. And so the rest of Life Thru A Lens
is a likeable, hyperactive stream of consciousness--much like Williams himself. "Lazy Days" is an unexpectedly gorgeous psychedelic swoon, and "Let Me Entertain You"--"When I'm Cleaning Windows" for the Hooch generation--is still an irresistible offer. --Caitlin Moran