Rudebox, Robbie Williams!
Sadly, this album was terribly slated by reviews at the time of release, probably due to fact that this moved away from the classic Robbie style, however, I happen to like this album and feel the change was good for a while, why not do something different? Alot of people don't like change but my sis and my mum have recently bought this on the back of my positive reviews, they love it too! Buy this is you want a bit of rap, bit of pop, bit of 80's and bit of the old Robster generally!
Robbie Williams Rudebox Review
There's been much speculation about Robbie's new direction since the release of "Rudebox" the single, but "Rudebox" the single isn't typical of Rudebox the album. In fact, nothing is. It's an eclectic mix of pop ballads, disco, 80s electronica, noughties poetic rap, with a touch of hip hop and a twinge of country. William Orbit and Soul Mekanik productions sit with a funky reworking of Manu Chao's "Bongo Bong/Je Ne T'aime Plus" (one of two tracks to feature Lily Allen), a replica of the Human League's "Louise", and a cover with the Pet Shop Boys on a cover about the Pet Shop Boys. Confused? It's a confusing album. There are a couple of tracks that wash over you but the album's a grower and some of the hooks will follow you around for hours. "Good Doctor", a tongue-in-cheek take on drugs, has bags of energy and the Stephen Duffy "Kiss Me" is brilliant. 'She's Madonna' ('I love you baby, but face it she's Madonna') is a weird but fun tune about Queen Madge. He bares his soul in a pair of melodic Streets-esque raps - "The 80s" is a captivating tale of his school years, while "The 90s" offers an intriguing, honest account of his life in Take That. "Summertime" is old-school Robbie - a great pop song - and would be a lovely end to this 74 minute rollercoaster but there's a bonus track, "Dickhead", which more than explains the Parental Advisory stamp. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/5w8cRead full review
A critic bashing delight.
Rudebox has ,In my opinion ,a great varient of songs.From the title track "Rudebox" to the Human Leagues cover of Louise.What stands out about this album is the fact Robbie hasnt played safe and gone with his previous formula of what makes a great album.He has been brave and worked with different producers ,notably Mark Ronson.Stand out tracks are The 80s, The 90s, Never Touch That Switch and Good Doctor.Nostalga will hit you! Go on ,you;ll be surprised.