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Genre: Rock / Artist: Robbie Williams / Audio CD released 2009-11-09 at Virgin

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      30.09.2011 17:22
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      Mostly catchy upbeat songs with a mix of clever lyrics which really strike a chord with me.

      Love him or hate him, Robbie Williams is one hell of a character. Just so there is no confusion - I am on the love him side of the fence and whilst I don't think Reality Killed The Video Star is quite up there with Escapology - it's still a pretty damn good album. Usually I grow tired of albums but considering how long this has been out for, it regularly makes an appearance on my iPod. Unlike the critically slated Rudebox (which although it wasn't his finest hour - I don't think really deserved the slating it got, there were a few good tracks) Reality Killed the Video Star is a return to the Robbie of old and I'm sure has introduced a number of the younger generation to the wonder that is Robbie Williams.

      His decline in popularity means his songs no longer get radio overplay - the media want an epic fail for him and whilst it's never nice to see anyone get ripped apart like that, it does mean his songs are no longer overplayed. I love Feel, for anyone who has ever had a tough time can relate to those lyrics. That said I find it really difficult to listen to these days as it was so overplayed back in the day. Whilst maybe its bad for the record label and Mr. Williams pocket, I'm quite happy if his songs don't get the airplay they used to!

      As mentioned it's been out for quite a while now so you can pick this up for £4.99 on play.com although die hard Robbie fans would have paid around £8.99 back in November 2009.

      1. Morning Sun - "Don't go wasting your time 'cause there is no finish line"
      I love this track but I have listened to it one too many times I think. Robbie's voice sounds great on it and when I hear it, I find it's stuck in my head for ages after.

      2. Bodies - "All we've ever wanted is to look good naked"
      First single from the album which got to number 2 - a sign that perhaps Robbie's not got the masses eating out of the palm of his hand anymore or a sign that even after Rudebox he can still hit number 2 with his reputation alone. I like Bodies, I wasn't so sure on the first listen but like a lot of tracks on this album - it's definitely a grower and I do really rate it.

      3. You Know Me - "I done bruised up my mind with this Thunderbird wine"
      The second single from the album with a bizarre Alice in Wonderland themed video I seem to recall. I absolutely loved this on first listen and that hasn't changed! With its catchy laid back beat and Robbie's vocals sounding great, it's one of my favourite tracks. He manages to take some pretty average lyrics by his standards and turn them into a great pop song.

      4. Blasphemy - "bite your tongue, the torrid weapon. You could learn a useful lesson"
      Supposedly one of the last songs he wrote with Guy Chambers and it's a touch of the Robbie of old... I would go as far as to say, one of my favourite Robbie tracks of all time. It wouldn't have sounded out of place on the swing album he did a few years back. Great piano throughout and Robbie's vocals sounding superb, very relaxing tune to which I can imagine the story he's telling. Reminds me of a few failed relationships of my own...

      5. Do You Mind? - "I'm heavy entertainment, in need of containment"
      Another good one here that reminds me of the Escapology days. Very upbeat and difficult to stop your foot tapping along to it.

      6. Last Days Of Disco - "I'll decide when it's over so don't call it a comeback"
      I'm not so keen on this one, it has a touch of the Pet Shop Boys to it I think and there are a few clever lyrics but not enough to stop me from hitting skip.

      7. Somewhere - "We don't get high to get a come down"
      Shame it's only 1:02 in duration - I would have liked to have heard more. I like the lyrics but as I said not enough of them and the tune is very likeable but it feels incomplete - almost as if they ran out of studio time.

      8. Deceptacon - "Only you can make it right but I've stopped stepping on eggshells tonight"
      One of my favourite tracks, admittedly I hated it on the first listen but it's really grown on me. It's very haunting song, I always imagine this was sung with a real sadness for some reason and Robbie's vocals sound absolute first rate.

      9. Starstruck - "We've been enjoying ourselves again"
      Reminds me of the theme tune to the TV show Hotel Babylon! Not one of favourites, not so keen the electric pop vibe it has. I do like the lyrics although, it reminds me of some embarrassing situations were I have been overly starstruck... It's a good filler on the album but it's definitely not a stand out track for me.

      10. Difficult For Weirdos - "I never wasted a life"
      Another electric pop track that I tend to skip. Whilst there are a few clever lyrics, I find the beat a little repetitive and generally a bit of a boring song. There's nothing there that makes me sit up and take notice. Possibly a Rudebox reject that has somehow found it's way onto Video Killed The Reality Star - for me it doesn't really add much to the album and feels a little out of place.

      11. Superblind - "I'm the genius behind me"
      Another great track which feels as if it came from the Escapology era Robbie. Soothing tune with some memorable lyrics that seem to strike a chord with me. In fact, listening to it again now whilst writing this review, I had forgotten what a good song this is! Perhaps that's the trouble with this album though - there are too few memorable tracks and too many tracks need a few listens.

      12. Won't Do That - "I could give this up I could walk away it doesn't fill me up"
      Catchy upbeat tune supposedly written for his then girlfriend now wife with some sweet lyrics in there that I imagine Mrs. Williams is pretty pleased about! Not a stand out track but a pleasant surprise when you reach the end of the CD.

      13. Morning Sun (Reprise)
      Only 1:24 in duration and with it only featuring Robbie singing a line or two of the chorus seems a bit of a pointless addition to the album. I would have rather seen a longer version of "Somewhere" in its place.

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        Who Am I To Rate The Morning Sun.

        Reasons For Purchasing:
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        I am a huge Robbie Williams fan and when Robbie releases a new album into the charts, I am certainly one of the first people to rush out and buy it. I also have ever single one of Robbie's albums as I love his style of music and the way he performs his songs. I did get a sneak preview of a few of the tracks from this new album on You Tube a week before it's release and I honestly could not wait for this album to come out after hearing them. The songs I heard really sounded fantastic and some of them sounded a little bit different from Robbie's usual style indeed.

        A Little Bit About This Album:
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        Reality Killed The Video Star is Robbie Williams tenth solo album. It was released on the 6th of November 2009 and reached number one in the charts in seven countries. It peaked at number two in the UK charts just falling in sales behind JLS's debut album. Reality Killed The Video Star is the first album Robbie has released in four years after his previous album Rudebox did not sell well and was slated by many for it's strange music style.

        Reality Killed The Video Star was produced by Trevor Horn, but one of the songs called "Blasphemy" was written by Guy Chambers, so this album certainly has top writers involved. Reality Killed The Video Star got it's title from Trevor Horns song "Video Killed The Radio Star" which he sang with "The Buggles". Also on hearing about Michael Jackson's Death on the 25th June 2009, Robbie 'apparently' tried to rewrite his song called "The Protagonist" 'that should have been included on this album' as a tribute song to Michael, but he could not get the words to fit in to it, so he completely rewrote it 'with Don Blacks help' and called it "Morning Sun" instead.

        I feel that this is a very strong album from Robbie indeed. It is a great mix of very uplifting guitar pop, beautifully sang music ballads and has an added bonus of some unexpected classical music blended into a few 'haunting and unique tunes'. Well to me this really is a great uplifting album and one of Robbie's best. It is an album that I have listened to continuously over the last few months without having to fast forward my CD player to miss out certain filler tracks that you get on many albums.

        Each one of the tracks onboard this album is excellent and are all very different to listen to. They all tell their own unique little stories, are sang perfectly by Robbie and are accompanied by some great backing music also. There really is No weak fillers on this album. All thirteen songs are brilliant and could all be chart busting tracks if released. So far, to date, two of these tracks have been released into the singles charts and "Morning Sun" is due to be released off this album within the next few weeks.

        Well, I was delighted after hearing this album. The first thing I thought to myself was "Robbie's back and in top form". I felt brilliant after listening to this. It certainly is a feel good album. Robbie himself has described it as "The Old Robbie" "The New Robbie" "And The Robbie No One Has Met Before". Well he is spot on. Reality killed the Video Star certainly has the old Robbie's Style of songs, a more recent disco/pop style, that we have heard from him in the last five years and we certainly do have an added bonus of being introduced to the new 'and improved' Mr Williams. I love the New Robbie! He comes across as more sophisticated and quite serious on this album. It is excellent!

        Track Listings:
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        (01) Morning Sun ~ 4.06
        (02) Bodies ~ 4.04
        (03) You Know Me ~ 4.21
        (04) Blasphemy ~ 4.18
        (05) Do You Mind ~ 4.06
        (06) Last Days Of Disco ~ 4.50
        (07) Somewhere ~ 1.01
        (08) Deceptacon ~ 5.01
        (09) Starstruck ~ 5.21
        (10) Difficult For Weirdos ~ 4.29
        (11) Super blind ~ 4.46
        (12) Won't Do That ~ 3.38
        (13) Morning Sun Reprise ~ 1.19

        Morning Sun:
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        Morning Sun is the first track on this album and this song gently opens it very nicely. Well being Michael Jackson's Tribute Song from Robbie and being written by Don Black, I really think that when it is released in the next few weeks that it is going to sell very well indeed. It really is beautifully worded in my opinion and gives an accurate account of Michael Jackson's life. The words chosen for this song are quite appropriate and the very last line is "Who Am I To Rate The Morning Sun". Well I think this really sums Michael Jackson up. He was an outstanding Music Artist in every sense and Robbie is saying "Who is he to compare or rate him".

        Robbie really sings Morning Sun note perfectly. It is a beautiful music ballad that flows along gently until it reaches the chorus and then Robbie really blasts it out. It is accompanied by a beautiful piano and violin piece. It livens up with some light drum sounds and a great guitar rift near the chorus also. I really love Morning Sun a lot. The lyrics are fantastic. It is very relaxing when listening to this song and is great to hear Robbie meaning every word he sings. It is excellent and one of the best tracks on this album.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Bodies:
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        This was the first single released from this album and I did like it when I first heard it played, but thought the lyrics odd. It has now really grown on me and is a very fun song to listen to. It reached number two in the UK charts and was very successful in Europe. This is Robbie's biggest selling single in it's first week of sales since his "Rock DJ" song. This song comes across as showing Robbie as very confident. It really has a big chorus to it also that makes a huge statement. This was a great choice by Robbie as a comeback song.

        Bodies is a great funky sounding track with plenty of electro sounds going on throughout it. Robbie chants out a lot in Bodies. It is quite repeated in words, but it really is an excellent and very up lifting song indeed. There is mention of bodies everywhere in the lyrics, from family trees to cemeteries and I actually don't quite get what Robbie's trying to say though with this one. You will be moving around to this song quite quickly though as it's a great dance tune indeed. Overall this song is great, a pleasure to listen to and another very strong track on this album.

        Rating From Me: 4/5

        You Know Me:
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        This is one of my favourite songs from the album. It is slightly different sounding, but is a typical Robbie Williams song as most of his songs are a self-parody. You Know Me was the second track to be released from the album. It peaked at number six in the UK charts. It has a lovely tune to it and it does grow on you a lot. It is a strange song from Robbie and you really need to know what he is singing about in this track. Robbie is telling us about his addiction to drugs and overcoming them. He is actually singing this song to the drugs he took. Robbie went to rehab a few years ago and watching the music video to this track really explains his experiences well. At the end of the song we clearly can see that that old 'Druggie' Robbie is clearly locked away. This song is accompanied by a lovely piano piece and has me toe tapping throughout it. The background music is played out of key at times 'on purpose' to give us a better feeling. It is a great fun track I really like.

        Rating From Me: 4/5

        Blasphemy:
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        This really is a beautiful song. I hope it will be released as I think it will do very well in the charts. It really is a haunting track and a different style from Robbie. This song was the last one Robbie wrote with Guy Chambers. Well Blasphemy is a slow moving ballad that is sang beautifully by Robbie. The background music is beautiful sounding classical music. It really makes the hairs on my arms stand up as it is hauntingly beautiful. In the middle of Blasphemy the orchestra music raises a knot and is played solely for a few seconds and is outstanding. I love the lyrics to Blasphemy a lot also. Robbie once again seems to be singing about himself and how he has behaved in his life. Well together with the beautiful music and fantastic lyrics this really is a top song indeed. One of my favourites from this album and one of the best songs I have heard in years.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Do You Mind:
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        Do You Mind takes on a different direction from the first four songs on this album. This song has not been released. It really is a very catchy and extremely likable tune indeed. This song is a fun, rock country type of tune with great guitar and drum sounds backing it. Even the lyrics are quite country sounding also. Wow! I love it. This is very different music from Robbie. Do You mind is quite repeated in lyrics, but it is extremely catchy. You really will be singing along to this track in no time. I think this song has double barrel lyrics about drugs, but comes across different and could refer to woman also. Well it is another very strong and catchy number that I personally love.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Last Days Of Disco:
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        This is my favourite track from the album. It is hard to choose this as my favourite 'as all the songs are really good'. This song is quite eighties sounding and might not appeal to everyone, but I like it's style. This song has not been released yet from the album, but I heard a rumour that it will be. Last Days Of Disco starts of quite slowly and really builds up into this huge powerful ballad. It is full of electro sounding keyboards and then become a big fanfare of drums, guitars, violin and keyboard sounds. It is very well put together. Well this song is excellent. It is a little bit like "Bodies"(only Better) with fantastic lyrics and a top track on this album. This one is a grower.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Somewhere:
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        Well this is a lovely gentle and quite sarcastic ballad from Robbie. I do not think this will be released off the album as it is too short a track. It only lasts for one minute. This probably is a filler, but it's good to listen to. Robbie sings this quite childishly really, but it is fun to listen to with a nice gently backing tune to it.

        Rating From Me: 3/5

        Deceptacon:
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        Decepatacon was one of the tracks that grew on me really, but the more I played it, the more I liked it and it became very good to listen to. This track has not been released off the album to date. It is a strong song on the album that starts of with a slow piano solo before being joined by Robbie's angelic voice. It has quite strange lyrics to it really. Robbie is sending a message out to someone in this song. Maybe his Fiancé (although I am not too sure). It is a lovely piece of music though and finishes off with the words "Who Are You?" which keeps me guessing. It is another great included track overall and a nice relaxing song to listen to.

        Rating From Me: 4/5

        Starstruck:
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        Starstruck is another eighties sounding track. It is very catchy. It has not been released off the album and I have not heard or read that it will be either. It is slow moving, but is very relaxing to listen to this one. It has a fast beat to it and gets slightly louder towards the chorus. Robbie sings this very well. It suits his voice also. Starstruck is all about everyone being obsessed with the Stars of today. This song is very space aged sounding in places, but extremely good to listen to overall. A nice little breath of fresh air from Mr Williams.

        Rating From Me: 4/5

        Difficult For Weirdos:
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        Whenever I heard this song for he first time, I was slightly taken back with the lyrics to it. Well Difficult For Weirdos has not been released of the album yet, but I really hope it will be. Robbie is telling us about people all over the world making fun of others who are different. Whether they are gay, dress differently or even look different, Robbie is telling us that being different is OK. It is great to hear positive words, although Robbie sings about people getting made fun of and he chants out with name calling. Difficult For Weirdos starts of as another eighties sounding electro pop song, but it quickens in tempo and becomes a loud and fantastic pop ballad indeed. It is another top track on the album that I think is absolutely brilliant.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Superblind:
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        Superblind is another strong track on this album. It has not been released yet into the charts, but apparently it will be later this year. It is a another beautiful love song, well it starts of like this with a slow guitar ballad, but it quickly raises in volume towards the chorus. Robbie really sings this song beautifully and with feeling. It is quite unique and should be a hit for Robbie if it is released. Superblind is a great song that is telling me about Robbie being heartbroken, but he soon wises up to the constant falling out with girlfriends. Well overall Superblind is a very strong track on this album. It is fantastic.

        Rating From Me: 5/5

        Won't Do That:
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        Won't Do That is once again is another catchy little tune from Robbie. It probably will not be released into the charts as there is better tracks on this album. It has great lyrics to it telling a story about breaking up with someone, but Robbie pledges that he would not cheat on them. There is great backing music throughout this track that is very loud in places. A great solo guitar rift can be heard in the middle and it fits into everything very nicely indeed. Robbie sings this very well and blasts out the chorus to get his point across. Another very catchy tune that is rated highly by me.

        Rating From Me: 4/5

        Morning Sun Reprise:
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        The final track is a short instrumental version of the first song "Morning Sun" and it very relaxing to listen to this beautiful piece of music really.

        Rating From Me 5/5

        My Overall Opinion:
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        This is a very strong album from Mr Williams. I personally think it is one of his 'best ever' as all the songs onboard it are fantastic. It is very well put together with a good mix of sounds and varied music. It's a blend of love songs, catchy pop tunes and fantastic classical music. There is also a little bit of rock and country from Robbie on board this also. Something for everyone. Well I am extremely pleased with Robbie's new album and I am very surprised with the amount of strong tracks it has.

        Many of the tracks make me feel good inside after listening to them. It is quite an uplifting album and one to put on and listen to, to cheer yourself up with. It really is hard to find an album to play continuously from start to finish without fast forwarding certain tracks, but honestly I really enjoy every single one on this album a lot. I play it from start to finish nearly every time I listen to it and look forward to the next track that comes along. I really do think this album is my favourite so far from Robbie. I really am loving it and have not grown bored with it at all.

        Robbie really sings all of the tracks very well and seems more serious to me in his songs this time around, as he can be a little bit sarcastic at times. Well the songs all tell their own very unique little stories and with great emotion from Robbie also. This is a fun album, but it will not be suited to everyone. If you like Robbie's music or style and are a fan of his, you really do have to get this album for your collection. It is Robbie at his best and this album has to be heard. It is fantastic.

        I really do have to highly recommend this album. It is quite outstanding and very well put together. There is over one hours excellent entertainment onboard it. You will soon learn the words to all of the songs as a great little inlay booklet contains them all in the CD box. I am sure there will be some great tracks released from it soon and hopefully they will be quite big hits for Robbie. This is a great album and a pleasure to listen to. It gets 5/5 from me.

        Reality Killed The Video Star can be purchased quite cheaply from Amazon UK for £6.98 at the moment.

        ©hildas/hillhead.

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          A must buy is your a mad Robbie fan but other older albums appeal more!

          Well I bought my girlfriend this album for Christmas but I have heard it that many times now that I thought I might as well review it.

          I aren't Robbie's biggest fan by any means but I think some of his previous stuff was ok to listen along to and would even go as far as saying one of two were outstanding. For me this album doesn't even come up to scratch with the other albums he has done and Take That are probably secretly glad he left as they have gone from strength to strength over recent years.

          Anyway on to the album now. His latest comeback offering is called Reality killed the video star and consists of 13 tracks.

          The first song on the album "Morning Sun" isn't too bad, this song starts off slow and has a slightly faster chorus which mixes well into the song. I feel this is probably one of the stronger tracks on the album. I found that Morning Sun along with Bodies, You know me and the last days of disco were the standout tracks on the album. I thought the rest of it wasn't upto much and just seemed like they had been thrown together on the album.
          You Know Me is the best song on the album, a classic ballad style song which Robbie does best. Bodies which was released as a single has an upbeat vibe to it which is different compared to the rest of the album but works well as it mixes the style of the album up a bit. The last days of Disco has a funky 80s style beat to it and is enjoyable to listen to.

          I found the rest of the songs on the album a bit depressing at times, but you never know where Robbies minds is at times. No doubt he will come back and make me eat my words on his next album and bring out a tune like Angels!

          The album finishes with a short reprise of the opening track morning sun with the lyrics sang in a slightly different order.

          The full track listing is as follows:

          1. Morning Sun
          2. Bodies
          3. You Know Me
          4. Blasphemy
          5. Do You Mind
          6. Last Days of Disco
          7. Somewhere
          8. Deceptacon
          9. Starstruck
          10. Difficult for Weirdos
          11. Superblind
          12. Wont Do That
          13. Morning Sun Reprise

          Overall I think that this is a must for the long time Robbie fans (like my girlfriend)and will probably actually find this a good album but for me the good songs are in the past and this isn't one of his better albums. I hope he comes back better on the next album and produces another anthem like Angels or Rock DJ.

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          A fantastic album by Robbie Williams with lots of different sounds.

          Reality Killed The Video Star is the newest album from singing sensation Robbie Williams and is his first album for 3 years with his previous album, Rudebox, receiving very mixed reviews and not selling anywhere near as many copies in the UK as was expected of him so I have been very keen to listen to this album and now thanks to Spotify on my mobile I can try out lots of new albums before deciding whether to buy them.

          Morning Sun: This a nice soft, sultry begin to the album and Robbie sounds like he is back on form with his usual lovely tones back and they are a greeting to my ears. The song builds up a little after the first minute or so and while the words are a little random I find the song to be sweeping me along and I almost want to sway along with it. This is a lovely song and the perfect start to the album.

          Bodies: This song has an almost hypnotic beginning to it with a little prayer style chanting at the beginning and then Robbie kicks in with his cheeky lyrics and tones to match. This song is singing about Jesus and how he didn't die for anybody and how we all just want to be loved when naked and I guess he is true about the naked part with everyone wanting someone to appreciate them and like them for who they are. This is a very catchy song and I know all the words after just a few hearings mainly thanks to him performing it on the X Factor and this being his first single in almost 3 years and hence getting lots of radio play. The song has an almost anthem feel in the middle and I have found myself belting out the chorus a few times and really enjoy the words and chanting along with the choir style backing towards the end of the song.

          You Know Me: I believe this song is being released as a single and I first heard it sung on the X Factor live by Robbie and I felt that he was back on form. The song has a lovely catchy beat to it and Robbie's voice kind of works opposite to the beat of the song in a way that is a little reminiscent of a female Adele in a way that I love. He appears to really know how to use his voice on this song and the chorus is one that I find myself singing along with fairly frequently. The song reminds me of Robbie back in his early solo days and the words are him singing about someone knowing him and having gone away, they really are interesting and catchy lyrics that lots of people could relate to.

          Blasphemy: Robbie is almost talking on this song in his wishy washy sing song voice that I have grown to love over the years but may not be to everyone's taste. There is nothing particularly amazing about this song and while it has some lovely lyrics and some nice music to it nothing about the song really jumps out to me and catches my ear, this could be a song by anyone really and there is nothing particular about it that marks it with the usual Robbie style. This is definitely a change to his usual style of music and while there is nothing wrong with the song it really has an average quality to it and while it does pick up a little as it goes on this is not one of my favourites by far.

          Do You Mind: This song has a very funky beat to it straight away and gives the album a nice uplifting, refreshing lift after 'Blasphemy' and this song really makes me want to move. There is a very Robbie style feel to the song and I actually found myself just going miles away while listening to it and I can't actually tell you what I was thinking about or doing, I was just relaxing after a long day at work and beginning to feel ready for the weekend ahead.

          Last Days Of Disco: There is a slight electro feel to this and it really sounds like this song should have The Pet Shop Boys or someone like that singing on it rather than Robbie Williams but this is a refreshing sound and one that takes me back to my childhood days when my Mum played all this electro style of music and it's something that I am sure I will love forever now and this song fits in with the genre very well while singing about nothing in particular. The song was very melodic and had a nice funky sound to it that I thoroughly enjoyed and this song is now a firm favourite of mine from the album.

          Somewhere: This short "skit" style song (1 minute 1 second) has a very dramatic feel to it as if it belongs in a bond film or something like that and then Robbie comes in with his soulful sound and the dramatic pace of the skit continues well in the background before dying down again and finishing just as suddenly as it started.

          Deceptacon: This song is a hard one to put my finger on as I feel like I have heard it before, or at least parts of it, and at times I am reminded of other popular songs over the years such as David Bowie and there is just something wonderfully familiar about this song that makes me want to sing along even though I don't know the words and I had never actually heard it before. Robbie does sound slightly nasal on this song which is a little off putting but overall it's a fairly nice ballad style song talking of heartbreak and love and hate.

          Starstruck: This song is very catchy and from the first time I heard it I found myself wanting to dance and sing along to the words which are a little random at times. There is a 90's kind of feel to this song and at times Robbie makes me think of George Michael and something he would have released a few years back when he was having his very rebellious phase.

          Difficult For Weirdos: This song is a trance kind of song at the beginning and has tones that make me think of Calvin Harris and his style of music. There is quite a futuristic kind of feel to this song and it really is meant to be 'music for weirdos' and while this is different to the usual Robbie Williams style it is a step in the right direction and is quite a funky song that makes me want to move to the beat. The most random song on the album by far with lots of clapping and chanting of 'weirdo's' towards the end which is quite strange.

          Superblind: This song has quite a mellow, soft, slow feel to it and Robbie is actually trying to sing rather than do his usual cheeky chappy chanting style chatting and the song has a fairly nice relaxed vibe to it. The song is a little too slow and calm at times and really changes the tone of the album. It does pick up a little as the song progresses and it is still a fairly enjoyable song. This song really begins to wind down the album which doesn't actually continue with the next song 'Won't do that' so really I felt these songs should be swapped around.

          Won't Do That: I've heard this song a fair few times now and it still hasn't grown on me and I really don't think it will. The song is a little mellow and then it builds up to nothing in particular and it just has a standard kind of feel to it and Robbie doesn't seem to be putting as much feeling in as possible and at times his lyrics seem a little over blown really.

          Morning Sun Reprise: This is basically just a shortened version of the first song on the album with just the end lyrics and it is a little bit of a random end to the album but seems quite fitting and is actually a very good way to end it with the morning sun almost setting on the album and bringing it to a close.

          The album is a little bit hit and miss in places and the overall feel that I get from this is that Robbie has moved in a new direction and while not all of it is well placed, the vast majority of this album works and the different contrasts and sounds work very well together overall to bring the album off in a satisfying way. The album is quite enjoyable and while there are a couple of songs that I was not a huge fan of I found the whole album easy enough to listen to and even just leaving it on in the background over a couple of days I found that the music and lyrics filtered through in quite a satisfying way and before I knew it I knew the lyrics to most of the songs and I was thoroughly enjoying singing along and really enjoying the majority of the songs.

          This album is a 4/5 album from me as I like the new direction that Robbie appears to be trying to move in and I have just knocked off one star because the songs I am not particularly keen on are not the worst songs I have ever heard and even they really are bearable.

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            A great album showing Robbie is back on form

            I must say thank you to Santa for bringing me this CD as I was a fan of Robbie but after he went through his bad phase and produced rubbish songs I really did go off him but this CD really does show us that Robbie is now back on fine form and I am very pleased about that.

            There are 13 tracks on this CD and they are as follows:-

            1 - Morning Sun. This opening track is excellent and I love the opening music which leads into some wonderful vocals. It is a slow song but the words are very emotional and if really listened to make a lot of sense. I like the slightly livelier chorus which the song has and how he combines the slow and faster sections.

            2 - Bodies - This track is the one which Robbie released as a single to make his come back. It is quite a good track and very lively, I think this is one of the most upbeat tracks on the CD. The words are good but for me it is not the best and I think he could have picked a much better one to release first. Don't get me wrong it is a good track but I much prefer the ballads which are on this album.

            3 - You Know Me - This has to be my favourite song on the whole of the CD. I love the catchy music and think this would have been a great hit if he came back with it. The words are good and sung very well. I think it is the catchy repetitiveness of the song which I like and especially the chorus. I am just wondering why he had to make such a weird video to this lovely song.

            4 - Blasphemy - I was not actually very keen on this song when I first heard it but I have to say it really has grown on me. I like the softness and sincerity of the vocals in this track. Yes it is another slow song but it really is very good and pleasant to listen to. Some may find it a bit depressing like me at first but it really is a grower.

            5 - Do You Mind - This definitely is a more up-tempo song compared to the previous few. I love the catchy tune which it has. The vocals on this track seem a little more hard than others but they are still good and easy to listen to. I think the chorus is what makes this song stand out.

            6 - Last Days of Disco - When this track starts I for some reason have a flash back to the 80's! It really does open with music I would place back in that era. Saying that the track is good but not one of my preferred. I think the whole level of the song is a bit low to show Robbie's vocals off to their best. It does have a good beat throughout but I just do not like it that much.

            7 - Somewhere - The opening music really makes me think this track is going to be different as it is very bubbly and high pitched which makes me think this is going to be a fun and jolly song but once the vocals kick in we are soon shown it is not going to happen. I do like the string instruments which are very notable on this track but for me it does not stand out. I think it is also very short and Robbie could have done a lot more with it.

            8 - Deceptacon - Now I did actually think this was going to be related to Transformers as they have the Deceptacons in but alas it is not! It is another slow song which has a good track and vocals but for me it is quite depressing to listen to.

            9 - Starstruck - The opening to this song is very good and I like the rawness to the instruments which are played. The track starts off slow but it does pick up once the vocals kick in. The words are good and if listened to properly do actually have a good meaning to them. I think this is another catchy song which does grow on you. I like the chorus in this song as it is very easy to pick up and I do end up walking around singing it for hours after!

            10 - Difficult for Weirdos - The first thing I though of when this track started was of a very old one Take That released, called DO What You Like, as they have very similar intro's. The song kicks in and I am pleased to say they are nothing alike. We have good vocals on this lively track and I think this would be a big hit if released as a single. There is a futuristic feel to this song.

            11 - Super blind - Back to the slow songs. This is a very nice pleasant song which is very easy to listen to. I love the softness to the music and vocals which in this song do show of Robbie's vocals very well. The song also has some very good lyrics.

            12 - Won't Do That - This is another lively song on the album and it opens well to continue with a good vocal which has some good words. I think it has a good beat which again is very catchy. It is easy to listen to and I also end up with the chorus stuck in my head for hours after. I think this would make another good hit as a single.

            13 - Morning Sun reprise - This is a short section of the first track on the album, it has a slightly different arrangement and there are not all of the vocals. I really don't see the need for this as the original track is so much better and think this is a waste on the album.

            I have to say despite there being one song which I am not too keen on the rest of the album is great. I think it is good that Robbie has not just filled the album with ballads or fast tracks as this mix suit's a variety of listeners. My favourite tracks has to be 'You Know Me' I just think it is great and love the whole way it has been produced. It has good lyrics and Robbie sings it so well.

            There are some tracks which show Robbie's voice off in a different light, he seems to be trying to add a bit of rough to the voice to make the vocals a bit more gritty but I have to say despite them being good I much prefer him singing in the normal way which I have come to love and enjoy listening to.

            The CD cover has a lovely picture of Robbie sitting on a motorbike on a desert road. The back cover has a lovely scene over the desert and sky and here the track list can be found. On the inside of the cover there are some pages which contain the lyrics to the songs and credits for the production team and writers of the songs. There are some great pictures of Robbie included which show him to be back to his old happy healthy self. The CD is available from most retailers for around the £10 mark but as I said I was very luck as I did not pay this and Santa bought it for me (thanks hubby!!!)

            Overall I am definitely going to recommend this CD to all old fans of Robbie who want to hear him back to his best and also anyone who enjoys a good easy listening CD. Definitely a full 5 stars from me despite the one track which is not too my taste!

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              A great album from a great popstar

              Robbie is back and he is back in style.
              Reality killed the video star contains the following tracks:
              1 Morning Sun
              2 Bodies
              3 You Know Me
              4 Blasphemy
              5 Do You Mind?
              6 Last Days Of Disco
              7Somewhere
              8 Deceptacon
              9 Starstruck
              10 Difficult For Weirdos
              11 Superblind
              12 Won't Do That
              13 Morning Sun (Reprise)

              The album offers a wide range of different music and you can see pre rudebox Robbie is back, but he always has a few songs that you wouldnt expect to hear from him. My personal favorite on the album is Wont Do that to you. It is classic Robbie, where a nice pace and strong vocals discuss his problems in starting a relationship, but this time it has a happy ending, so it leaves you feeling good. There are some more upbeat perhaps modern songs on the album, including Last Days of Disco. It is a really good song and I expect some people who dont always like Robbies normal stuff will enjoy it.

              Bodies and You know me have been released as singles and have been played and replayed everywhere. Personally, I dont think Bodies was the best song to be released as a single, but if you liked it you should listen to the album for some similar but in my opinion better tracks.

              You can now get the album on Amazon for just £8.18, which is a bargain for an album that doesn't have any real weak links, its consistently good with some amazing thrown in.

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              a good album , but worth only downloading a few songs

              After a 3 year gap , Robbie Williams has returned the the chart with a new album enititled reality killed the video star, Robbie's last album 'rudebox' was critisiced heavily as it was not his usual style and critics beleived he had lost his ability. Thankfully Robbie has returned with a good album.

              =======The Tracks======

              Morning sun 7/10
              Bodies 8/10
              You know me 9/10
              Blasphemy 8/10
              Do you mind 7/10
              Last days of disco 4/10
              Somewhere 7/10
              Decapaton 6/10
              starstruck 6/10
              Difficult for weirdos 6/10
              Superblind 7/10
              Wont do that 8/10

              ===Album as a whole=====

              By the ratings it becomes obvious that the songs are all hitting above the average for the regular singer , but with Robbies backlog of songs such Let me entertain you and Hot fudge, these songs seem to lack a punch and maybe suggest that Robbie is trying to become more of a singer and less of a showman. His recent performance on the Electric proms really showed this , as only his cover of Video killed the radio star got the fans going , and showed a glimpse of the old Knebworth Robbie that so many remember.

              ===overall===

              in general its a good album, but its worth waiting around to buy it as only certain songs are really worth the money. alternatively you can listen to it for free on spotify

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              Lyrically I hated it, musically its dreary, there is only a few reasons to buy this

              This was an album somebody bought me for christmas, despite my often irritation by one of the most over-rated pop stars in the charts. I have seen this guy's shows, and yes he is entertaining, but vocally he is nowhere near the best singer in the world. For me, the most important thing at a concert is that they can hold a tune and that the music is good, even if they have zero stage presence. However, fair play to the fella, as he continues to astound in an easily pleased live market.

              I'm not quite sure why I got this album, to be honest. I barely own a Robbie record, and I must have mentioned that I thought recent single Bodies was one of the best things he had done in years, probably since Angels actually. However, here I am, sitting with the cover in front of me, so I might as well give the CD a spin and share my thoughts on it. I cant promise that I'll be open minded lol.

              I believe this is Robbie's 9th studio album (if you include his misjudged Swing album). It opened with the single Bodies, and is apparently the first Robbie Williams album not to make number 1 (this information was from Wikipedia which isn't the most reliable - I believe that his debut solo album also missed the top spot - but I could be wrong). Here follows a track by track review as best a non-music-critic can give you.

              1. Morning Sun

              Opening with a ballad? An orchestra has just led into Robbie's fairly controlled voice, as he asks us "how do you rate the morning sun". As a big drum threatens to lead into a big chorus, the big chorus doesn't actually come, but whimpers into the second verse. This is fairly nice actually, I like it. I'll give this track 7 out of 10.

              2. Bodies

              Well this one everybody reading this review will probably know. There is a slight eastern sound to the intro and the verses of this, before a big powerful chorus kicks in. This track is full of surprises, on first listen, you never know what is going to happen next. I was impressed with this track when I heard it. It shows a return to form for an artist who has lost it over the last few years.

              3. You Know Me

              Oh I know this one. This must be the latest single as I've heard it a couple of times on the radio. A nice melody leads into the track where Robbie declares that only we know him. I dont know if thats true, he seems to change his mind about himself on a month to month basis. Excellent track though that borrows from a by-gone-era.

              4. Blasphemy

              "The Egyptians built their pyramids..." what the hell? This is one of the things I dont like about Robbie, he seems to think his lyrics are cleverer than they are. The song is boring, and even its play on words doesn't really make it better. In fact, it often sounds like there is no structure to the song, and that he's only just singing as he's writing the words down.

              5. Do You Mind

              As the guitar kicks in on this one, I kinda thought of The Clash's most famous song "Should I Stay...", even as Robbie began to song a bit off key and off kilter. I quite like this, although it is a bit long. The chorus is a bit of a disappointment though, but the song is alright, I would give it another listen.

              6. Last Days Of Disco

              Now this sounds like my kind of thing. Very 80s-electro. Robbie's voice is different on this one, quite breathy vocals throughout, even across the chorus. Its actually a tiny bit like something the Pet Shop Boys might have brought out a decade ago. So far, this is the best thing on the album, and lyrically: "the fascination of, a boy and girl in love".

              7. Somewhere

              Dramatic swirls open up the seventh track on the album. Robbie sounds quite dreamy on this one, and lends his breathy vocals to proceedings a bit. Some dozy female is "oohing" and "aahing" in the background, and it tends to overpower Robbie a bit at the start of the song. I dont know what just happened, but the song ended after a minute - I think this is just some kind of interlude. Very weird.

              8. Deceptacon

              What a strange title for a pop song. Opening with the lyrics "microwave yourself today", lol. This is a bit far out, and sounds like a pop star doing an acceptable version of Pink Floyd in the beginning. Then, a dreary orchestra steps up for a surprisingly boring chorus. This song doesn't live up to its initial weirdness, as it settles to be a boring slowed down pop song.

              9. Starstruck

              There's a little voice wailing at the start of this one. Then, things start to look up a bit. This is a nice song, with a nice hook. The chorus is quite dancey, and this would do well from a nice remix for the clubs. I have changed my mind, this is my favourite song on the album. Instantly hummable, and calling to mind "Sin Sin Sin", I'll be adding this one to my ipod.

              10. Difficult For Weirdo's

              Sounding a lot like something that Sam Sparro might have recorded for his debut album, I also like this one at first listen. Robbie's voice goes through the mincer, and its a bit like Kylie Minogue's "Speakerphone" in style. The song has a chorus that is slightly euphoric, but that title does not feel right. I think Robbie has just tried to think of how out there he can go with the titles of this song.

              11. Superblind

              This is another song that starts out differently, but ends up being a bit more of the same. Robbie's voice is pleasant on it though, better than it has been on most of the other tracks on the album. It's still a bit boring though. I dont think Robbie should be allowed to do more than one slow song per album, because they all sound a bit of the same. Adding a Westlife-style drumbeat midway wont spice up things either.

              12. Won't Do That

              This is the most big and lively things get on the album. "In this bag of stuff I brought to you, you didn't mind sorting it through". Presumably he is talking about his fame again. Although its really anybody's guess, as he is always moaning about his fame, then keeps releasing music anyway. He really seems to suffer for his art, does Mr Williams. Not as much as the listener though.

              This album just seems to be more of the same. A few killer pop tracks, a lot of filler ballads, and a man who seems at odds with being famous. It doesn't really warm me to Robbie, although I have discovered a couple of new pop tracks I can stick on my ipod for that hour long journey to work in the morning. I'm just glad I didn't have to pay for this CD myself.

              If you feel the urge to buy it go to amazon, you can get it on download for £5. You can also get a single disc edition brand new for £7.98. Finally, there is a CD+DVD edition which will cost £12.98. The DVD has a 19 minute documentary called "Shoot The Video Star". I'm sorry, but I wouldn't be paying an over-the-top £5 to get a DVD that should be free only to discover no music video's, no bonus tracks, and a single solitary documentary that doesn't sound that enticing. Stick with the download folks, its the only format worth the money.

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                He's not back at the top of his game just yet, but he's getting there.

                Unless you've been asleep for the past few months you have probably have noticed certain Mr. Robbie Williams has been making (another) comeback. I used to be a huge fan of this man. For his music as much as his handsome self! Then I became less and less impressed with him as his music got worse and he got himself a girlfriend! Thankfully, Robbie's last album, Rudebox, which took a beating from critics and fans alike, was a blip. The Robbie the fans loved is back with a new album that is back to his old form.

                'Reality Killed the Video Star' is getting a mixed reception form the critics, I've read one and five star reviews on it so far. Funnily enough, most of them bring up exactly the same points, and I think really it all comes down to whether you like Mr. Williams. This album, is full of cockyness, puns, self analysing and often self praising lyrics, big choruses- the stuff written to fill stadiums the world over. Robbie doesn't apologise for these things, but not everyone likes it. Basically if you liked the Robbie of old, you'll like this. I'd say it's probably most similar in style to Escapology than other Robbie albums.

                Robbie is rare in that when he releases an album, straight away you get it. They aren't albums that take a few listens to get into, in fact by the second listen you're singing along. I tend to play them until I know every word and then a bit more. 'Reality Killed The Radio Star' is no exception. This to me, proves just what great pop songs he writes. This time, he's teamed up with Trevor Horn. (of Video Killed the Radio Star fame, hence the title - yes event hat's a pun!) The collaboration seems to work, and it's back to the old Robbie style of when he used to write with Guy Chambers. In fact that's not just coincidence, as there's a Chambers co- written song by the name of 'Blasphemy' that is on the album, and appears to have gone a little un-noticed by the press I've read on the new material.

                'Reality Killed the Video Star' kicks of with the beautiful 'Morning Sun.' I don't think he could have chosen a better opening number. A lonely harmonica opens the album and then the strings come in before Robbie asks 'How do you rate the Morning Sun?'. The lyrics of this song feel like they're from the heart, not for a laugh or to be witty. The song builds up into a real show stopper, and ends giving the listener no doubt they are in for a treat of an album. My favourite.

                'Bodies' was the was song Robbie chose to be the first single to promote this new album. It went to number two in the charts so not everybody must dislike it as much as me. In my opinion this is the low point of the album, disjointed and preachy lyrics. I nearly didn't buy this album on the basis of hearing 'Bodies' but decided to give Robbie one last try and I'm glad I did. Robbie seems to do very well from the songs he chooses as singles, but I don't tend to like them as much as the album tracks. I don't like 'Feel' at all yet love the rest of 'Escapology', likewise I'm not a fan of 'Angels' yet thing his first album is one of the best. So if you don't like 'Bodies', I'd still give 'Reality Killed the Video Star' a chance.

                The third song on the album is the next single release, a huge improvement on 'Bodies', 'You Know Me' is pure classic Robbie. A slowy, but a goody. Again, he doesn't challenge his listener with quirky lyrics on this one, just delivers a perfectly crafted pop song, well sung.

                'Blasphemy' is one I truly love. A collaboration with Guy Chambers, this one has old Robbie stamped all over it. It simplistic musically, definitely understated, but includes some lines that can only be Robbie. 'Was it a blast for you? Blasphemy' Sometimes they're so so awful they can't help but make you smile. I love it!!

                Following the quietness of 'Blasphemy', is the upbeat confident 'Do You Mind'. This is a real stand out song in my opinion, please release the one Rob! The chorus goes 'Do ooh ooh ooh ooh ya mind? Followed my Robbie shouting out 'Any one fancy Monaco?' Ok not quite lyrics up to the standards of 'No Regrets' or 'Strong' but it's a truly infectious song. Try not singing along.

                Unfortunately Robbie's eighties inspiration hasn't completely disappeared, but don't worry he's controlled it a little since 'Rudebox'! Artists such as White Lies and Ladyhawke have been bringing back the eighties sound recently and I guess Robbie doesn't want to miss out. 'Last Days of Disco' is at least a nod to Rudebox. Definitely not a favourite of mine, perhaps would have been better kept for a B side. Though he does tell us in this one 'Don't call it a comeback'. Sorry Robbie, I think I already did.

                'Somewhere' is just a minute long, more of an interlude than a song. 'You take the chance in life go out and find a wife.' It sounds more like a pep talk than song, or at least a song that's unfinished. Just a bit odd really.

                'Deceptacon' seems to have got the most stick over it's lyrics from the press. 'Microwave yourself today, Save it for a rainy day' is the unfortunate opening line... at least it's memorable, right?! Well yes, as is the whole song in fact, and for the right reasons. This one isn't a biG number, in fact it's a bit of a low song it terms of mood, though has some real highlights. Robbie often refers to things that are typically British in his songs, perhaps that's why he struggles to conquer the US. 'Decepatcon' is no exception, 'All over Britain we ask for permission to form another queue,' here he even mocks the fact.

                The mood is lifted with the next track, 'Starstruck' is upbeat and again a bit eighties. With a dreamy melody and a wailing in the background, it sounds like a theme tune to and eighties sci fi show. You'll know what I mean when you hear it!

                I loved the title of 'Difficult for Weirdos' and was hoped for a witty Robbie track. What I in fact got was a follow on from the previous track, with a dance beat in the background. Reading the song lyrics I really like them, which is a shame because you don't want to listen to them! Sorry Robbie, this is a skipper.

                'Superblind' is back to classic Robbie. A slow number, and a little insignificant but with some gorgeous vocals. A chill out one, I like it but if you asked me to name you Robbie songs, this would be one I may forget.

                Just like Meatloaf, Robbie 'Won't Do That' either. At least with Robbie we know what he's going on
                about. The 'that' he's talking about is walking out on a girl. Presumably a song about his new girlfriend, listening you can tell it's heartfelt, and this only adds to a great tune to make an excellent end to a pretty good album.

                A reprise of 'Morning Sun' bring the album to a close and reminds you hit repeat so you can do it all again.

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                  Even if you didn't like Bodies give this album a try, you might be suprised.

                  From the first time I heard Take That I was hooked and the cheeky member of the band aged 16 at the time I was taken and now many, many years later I am still a huge Robbie Williams fan.

                  Reality Killed the Video star is the latest album release from Mr Robbie Williams and with the pressure on from his last album release that didn't really prove itself, Robbie disappeared off the radar for 3 years and then boom a lot of publicity and a cracking catchy tune called Bodies it feels as if he has never been gone.

                  The album was released today the 9th November 2009 available on two formats, standard DVD release at £7.98 or the limited deluxe edition priced at £11.98, I preordered mine from Amazon as soon as I knew the album was going to be released and treated myself to an early Birthday present!

                  *~*The Casing*~*

                  The hardback version of the album resembles a small hard back book and on the front is the image of the main man himself on a Triumph Motorcycle and the desert in the background in dark brown colours. On the rear of the casing is the horizon of what appears to be the beginning of the sunrise.

                  The album was vacuum packed when it arrived so as I fought to remove the protective covering I was finally able to open the album and take a good luck.
                  On the inside of the front cover was Disc one which slipped into the front into a little pocket, no plastic casing on this design.
                  The theme of Robbie on the motorbike runs through the album pages along with the lyrics for the songs towards the last few pages are the credits but suprisingly no mentions at the back.....maybe this stopped a long while ago.

                  On the inside of the back cover is another sleeve which contains Disc 2 which is the exclusive DVD "Shoot the Video Star".

                  *~*Onto the music*~*

                  Track 1 - Morning Sun
                  A nice track to begin the album with a harmonica playing to begin with and then clear piano sound it is a truly beautiful song with some fantastic lyrics it has to be one of my favourites on the album. The beginning of the song really sounds american but a few lines in and we have a bit of the old Robbie Williams which reminds me of one of his previous albums "Sing when your Winning".

                  8/10

                  Track 2 - Bodies
                  Unless you have been hiding in a cave for the past few weeks then no doubt you will have heard this song and wondered what an earth Robbie was singing about as the lyrics really don't mean to relate to much apart from a desperate need for approval from God, this was originally supposed to be a song about the conspiracy theory but that was classed as being too weird so the lyrics were changed and this is a catchy song, and I have to say I really love the chorus and the arrangement in the song its Robbie back where he should be making hits.
                  This recently got to number 2 in the UK charts showing that the man still has it.

                  7/10

                  Track 3 - You Know me
                  This is Robbie's next release and you may have heard it on the radio as it is currently getting airplay, another song which reminds me of the arrangements and lyrics from "Escapology" This is a truly beautiful song where the piano really focus in the song and I feel this song is truly Robbie and could have the potential to be another Feel, a beautiful song that I think we could hear at a few wedding receptions as a first dance although the lyrics talk about separation, I love the 50's style bopping and sho whoops in the song it is my favourite song on the album and I really hope it gets to Number 1.
                  I can imagine this song at a live show with him and the crowd singing back the chorus and can't help but think this song is a really personal song to him.

                  10/10

                  Track 4 - Blasphemy
                  This is where the album starts to go a bit crazy and I really am not keen on the lyrics in this song, the arrangement itself is beautiful again I think this is another personal song written from the heart.
                  Maybe this song will grow on me but it just feels too sad in parts and too bitter in others.

                  5/10

                  Track 5 - Do you mind
                  An unusual sound for Mr Williams for this track it is very american rock and when I listen to it I feel that I should be in a bar with a load of truckers!
                  Listening to the lyrics it sounds like he is talking about America, the words are a little crazy talking about Dodo and sensodyne!
                  A rocky catchy tune but if this was to be released as a UK single I really don't think it would do all that well.

                  4/10

                  Track 6 - Last Days of Disco
                  Now if you remember rudebox when you get to this track you may be confused that you have that album on instead of Reality Killed the Video Star. The song has 80's electro beats running through the base of the song but the soft sound of Robbie's voice gives it a completely different feel to Rudebox but is not all that disimilar to the song he collaborated on with the Pet Shop Boys "She's Madonna". I like the lyrics they seem to imply that Robbie never went away and this is not a comeback, look at what he has created before.
                  A good song but not the best.

                  6/10

                  Track 7 - Somewhere
                  Another orchestral feel to this piece and Robbie's voice is really stripped back to give us a gentle song that you could sing to your lover, but at 1 minute and 1 second its short but sweet!

                  7/10

                  Track 8 - Deceptacon
                  If you can get passed the lyrics on this song then you might actually like it, this has a space feel to it and the arrangement sounds like it belongs in space, maybe that is what he is trying to get across to us. I really can't explain this song its a little to strange it sounds very much like a tale of woe of lost love may it be a lover or possibly even someone that has passed away but although the lyrics confuse me I like the song.

                  7/10


                  Track 9 - Starstruck
                  This is another of my favourites of the album, I love the orchestral arrangement that is in the background and the retro feel to the song it takes me back to the late 70's early 80's, very easy to listen to and a nice chill out song.

                  9/10

                  Track 10 - Difficult for Weirdos
                  A space age sounding track that talks about the changes over the years it again feels very much like it would not be out of place on a Pet Shop Boys album, its catchy and could be a hit but again I am not sure if the public would get the lyrics.

                  6/10

                  Track 11 - Superblind
                  Another chill out song, with some great lyrics in this track. Again sounds like the old Robbie and a song that you would be likely to find on "I've been expecting" it has that feel to it and is a definate hit!

                  8/10

                  Track 12 - Won't do that
                  Another great track from this album, a rocky style of love ballad, it is catchy and it is another possible hit from the album. Lots of guitar and trumpets, it is Robbie for the older generation and luckily that is me!

                  8/10

                  Track 13 - Morning Sun Reprise
                  Just like the first song on the album this song instantly calms you and soothes it is a fantastic song that sounds like it should belong on a movie soundtrack.
                  The song launches straight into the chorus and ends the album beautifully.

                  8/10

                  *~*DVD Bonus*~*

                  The DVD bonus is the same as one of the interactive features it simply shows the photoshoot for the album and Robbie guides us through it. A great collectors item for any fan.

                  *~*Interactive Features*~*

                  The CD when launched via the pc/laptop goes into interactive mode and here you can access bonus material.

                  The bonus material is accessed via your user name and password for the Robbie Williams website so if you do not have one and want to use the features I recommend you do this before you insert the CD as it will link you directly from the CD to the unique section of the Robbie Williams website to access the bonus features.
                  Once you are logged in to the site you will need to verify your album version whether it be downloaded via Itunes or via any other mp3 site as this will provide the digital verification to access the bonus material. If you have the disc then simply insert it into the pc and it will do the verification automatically.

                  Once you are verfied you have the downloads section, here you can access and download the photoshoot for the album and Robbie talks you through the location etc on a 4 minute clip. This is the exact same material you get on the deluxe edition album but on dvd.
                  Another download is a bodies cahil remix which is a bit more rocky and a great alternative version to own.

                  Extra Video and Audio is another bonus feature but it does exactly as the above but streams via the site.

                  Fan Wall is a section for fans to share their pictures of Robbie or you at a Robbie Gig whatever!

                  Discover takes you on an external link to Robbies Discography.

                  Not fantastic bonus featurs but free all the same and great for a Robbie Fan.

                  I have to say I have waited a long time for this and the album really doesn't disappoint, from the tracks on the album it is clear that Robbie has matured and his whole aspect on life has changed, there is less bitterness in the lyrics and he starts to really open up and he may find he gains a few more fans with this album.

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                • Product Details

                  Disc #1 Tracklisting
                  1 Morning Sun
                  2 Bodies
                  3 You Know Me
                  4 Blasphemy
                  5 Do You Mind?
                  6 Last Days Of Disco
                  7 Somewhere
                  8 Deceptacon
                  9 Starstruck
                  10 Difficult For Weirdos
                  11 Superblind
                  12 Won't Do That
                  13 Morning Sun Reprise