2009 album from the British superstar (and former member of Take That). Reality Killed The Video Star, his eighth album and first in over three years, was produced by Trevor Horn and features 12 brand new tracks (plus one reprise.) Songwriting collaborators include Danny Spencer & Kelvin Andrews, Brandon Christy, Craig Russo, Richard Spencer & Scott Rudin, Chaz Jankel, Guy Chambers and Fil Eisler. One track, 'Morning Sun', was written and recorded in the wake of Michael Jackson's death. Features the single 'Bodies'. EMI.
I'm really enjoying this album, but then, I also loved "Rudebox" that didn't get the best reviews. Your best bet...listen for your self and make up your own mind. Three years was a long time to wait for a new cd but it was worth the wait...Robbie's back, cheeky grin and wonderful sense of humour intact.
Thankfully Robbie has returned to doing what he does best - creating great pop music to entertain the masses.
On this release he proves from the opening chords of MORNING STAR that he is an artistic chameleon with a rare gift for crafting memorable pop songs.
Robbie remains in tune with where music is heading.
This CD is loaded with just that, intelligent hummable pop songs such as the musically stripped down ballad BLASPHEMY and /or great enthralling Britpop tunes such as DO YOU MIND and the 60s inspired do-whop track YOU KNOW ME as well as STARSTRUCK - his ode to the pop dance sound of George Michael.
The production on this CD is above reproach.
Robbie is once again a musical certainty and currently remains the solid foundation for the EMI label to remain afloat. He exercises his flair and artistic clout by delivering a product to his audience once all the bells and whistles have been carefully applied thus resulting in a unique sounding pop CD as witnessed with the inclusion of his symphonic pop song DECEPTACON.
His song DIFFICULT FOR WEIDOS is heavily influenced by the club sound of the Pet Shop Boys while WON'T DO THAT is a throw back to the sound of AM pop radio during the early 1970s.
Layering intriguing chord structures to simplistic melody lines produce great pop recordings.
There is no true need for you to wait and audition this CD prior to purchasing, I can guarantee you, there are numerous Top 40 hits that will surface. The first release BODIES is only the beginning and only the tip of the iceberg.
Saw Robbie Williams live a few years ago in Amsterdam and he gave an excellent performance. Unfortunately, this cd was a great disappointment. Will try listening a few more times....maybe will it grow on me? I think that with Robbie Williams, his stage prescence outshines his actual songs.......I like his vocals and his earlier ballads but maybe he needs some 'fresh' material written by someone else!