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Escapology Explicit Lyrics

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 19 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000070WJE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 151 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. How Peculiar
2. Feel
3. Something Beautiful
4. Monsoon
5. Sexed Up
6. Love Somebody
7. Revolution
8. Handsome Man
9. Come Undone
10. Me & My Monkey
11. Song 3
12. Hot Fudge
13. Cursed
14. Nan's Song

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Out of print in the U.S.! Follow-up to the UK superstar's 2001 album, Swing When You're Winning. 12 of the 15 tracks (including hidden track) were co-written with longtime collaborator Guy Chambers, who also co-produced. This was the last time that Williams and Chambers would work together, bringing an end to one of the most prolific and successful songwriting teams of the last decade. Escapology features some of their strongest songs including 'Feel', one of Robbie's best singles. Williams would soon begin collaborating with former '80s musical icon Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy. Chrysalis. 2002

Escapology finds Robbie Williams on the run from the nasty habits that plagued him in London. Williams wrote these songs during an extensive eighteen-month sabbatical in Los Angeles following a stint in rehab, and the British pop icon appears to have soaked up more than rays in sunny southern California; the result is two rather brittle paeans to the City of Angles and a bloated stadium anthem that could only have been inspired by the city's vainglorious rock past. The frenetic "Song 3" is an ambiguous love song to the place, while "Hot Fudge" is a mean-spirited slice of clichéd funk in which the singer declares over and over that "I'm moving to L.A." Williams reaches firm ground only when he returns to what he does best--those cheeky little slices of pop rock that have propelled him to the top of the British charts. "Monsoon" is one of those ironic gems; it's an autobiographical look inside the fishbowl of fame, with Williams confessing, "I'm here to make money and get laid / Yeah but I'm a star but I'll fade." He picks up that theme again on "Handsome Man," a perfect update of Mick Jagger's "Memo from Turner." Fey and witty, Williams boasts "I'm the one who put the Brit in celebrity." He's at his best when he allows his massive personality to run riot over a song, delivering his braggadocio with a sly, knowing wink. --Jaan Uhelszki

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Format: Audio CD
_Escapology_ contains some of British pop great Robbie Williams's best and worst songs. As with his other work, it all borrows rather liberally from hits and artists of yore, but for the most part it's well assembled. At any rate, I enjoy listening it, and that's all that counts.
The Good:
(1) "How Peculiar" -- a funny rock song. I laugh at the last line every time I hear it.
(2) "Feel" -- a nice change of pace for him. Wouldn't have been my choice for a first single, but I do like it.
(3) "Something Beautiful" -- this is upbeat pop, very light, with some R&B influence.
(4) "Monsoon" -- has a powerful chorus, thanks to a vocal lick stolen from Oasis's "Cigarettes and Alcohol."
(5) "Sexed Up" -- the title is deceiving; this is a ballad that effectively conveys the feeling of the last moments of a doomed relationship. Especially effective is the coldly delivered line, "I hope you blow away."
(8) "Handsome Man" -- the RW personality comes out in full force. Hilarious tounge-in-cheek arrogance, in which Rob proclaims himself "The World's Most Handsome Man." Excellent.
(10) "Me & My Monkey" -- not a Beatles cover; instead, a 7-minute song about Rob and a talking monkey who, among other things, wears dungarees and roller skates, gets high, and sleeps with "monkey whores." I think this one is becoming more amusing to me with repeated listens, which is the exact opposite of what I expected to happen.
(12) "Hot Fudge" -- this energetic, piano-driven song sounds as though it was lifted directly off of Elton John's _Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player_. Amazing!
(13) "Cursed" -- if RW's going to attempt hard rock songs, this is the way he should do it, taking advantage of his smooth crooner's voice, as he does on the chorus here.
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By A Customer on July 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a great cd... here's track by track because i don't think you can rate an overall album...
Feel - Great song... i love the piano part... i downloaded the sheet music so i can play it... lol! The chorus is kind of lame though... you have to be a robbie williams fan i think to like it 3/5 stars
Monsoon - This is a great song... i like the guitars & the chorus and everything about it 5/5 stars
Sexed Up - This is one of the best songs on the CD 5/5 stars
Get A Little High - ok... its not great but its not bad... i don't skip over it when i listen to the cd but i never skip to it 2.5/5 stars
Come Undone - Again... i think you need to be a fan to like this song... but i am a fan so i do like it 4/5 stars
Something Beautiful - nothing great... kind of boring 2/5 stars
Love Somebody - This song isn't that great but it's the song that gets stuck in your head 3/5 stars
Revolution - ARGHHHH!!!! i hate this song!!!! I don't think he should have even put it on the cd!!! -500/5 stars
How Peculiar - This is my favorite song in the world!! It's the kind of song you can put on repeat and listen to over and over 10/5 stars (it makes up for the crap song right before it)
One Fine Day - it's ok... better than something beautiful but not as good as Get a little high 2.5/5 stars
Me and My Monkey - Everybody says this song is funny... but i guess i don't have a good sense of humor.... it is a good song though.. it gets better every time you listen to it 4/5 stars
Nan's Song - ... i think this is robbie williams attempt to become a three dimensional artist by making an emotional song... it's not a bad song but it's making too big of a deal of his grandma dying.. he should wait for somebody in his immediate family to die before writing a song about it 3/5 stars
How Peculiar (reprise) - This is a great song... i only wish it was longer 5/5 stars
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By A Customer on March 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
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.
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Boybands are like a celebration of the youth . Talented young men with great looks and good voices - their image is so unspoiled , their energy is striking . When is comes to music though they usually fail to offer anything earthshattering . Furthermore it's somehow weird how the spotlight always focuses on only one or two members even though most of the times we're dealing with a five-piece band .
With that in mind , Take That were an exception of some sort since many of their songs ( " Back For Good " , " Pray " ) are simply still great to listen while three band members went solo after the group's brake-up , proving that besides beautty and the moves , they indeed had artistic ambition as well . From the three , Robbie Williams has had many ups and downs all these years . Commercialy speaking , right now he is experiencing a career pick . He is massive in Europe and the ultimate pop idol in his homeland , Britain .
" Escapology " , his latest offering is an overall satisfying pop record which lacks though anything truly gripping or challenging . Many songs like the recent cd-single " Sexed Up " start full of promises yet never take off . The problem seems to be that Williams nowadays tends to be more macho than pop and there's this obsession torturing the people behind him ( as a recent photo-shoot for the cover of Q magazine clearly displays ) that he must be promoted as something totally different from what he used to be : an ex boyband member .
From a generally decent tracklist the song which somehow stands out is " Me And My Monkee " yet you know that there's something wrong when a side-project single ( One Giant Leap's " My Culture " ) tops every new song of the nation's number one pop star . Williams has all the attitude and sex-appeal one could possibly ask for but at least until now , hasn't got the tunes to truly make a difference .
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