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Old 09-07-2009, 05:41 AM   #16
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Hey Thatsnotmypuppy, it wasn't you in the Barry Divola "Fanclub" book by chance?

I like me some Robbie, his concert at Footy Park in 2006 was awesome, he's a total entertainer, he knows how to work a stadium. I'll keep an ear out for the new song.
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Old 09-07-2009, 05:48 AM   #17
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He is right up there with U2 for me (and Roxette but that's a whole other thread)
How did I miss this!

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Old 09-07-2009, 11:21 AM   #18
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The reason I like Bodies, some of the Rudebox album, and Intensive Care especially is that they seem more...adult pop. Not so lightweight.

It seems that on Escapology and the earlier albums, Robbie made songs that other people wanted to hear and would satisfy the Take That fanbase. It seems like starting with Intensive Care, he started writing the tunes HE wanted to hear.

I never listened to Take That. In the States, you don't hear about them a lot. I just remember back in 1997, watching MTV late one night, and the American video for Angels came on...and I was blown away by what was honestly one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. Couldn't believe it wasn't a hit in the US (and it never will be, now that Jessica Simpson has butchered it.)

Bodies seems to follow in the Intensive Care mold of being dance-oriented, yet adult sounding and having an ethereal quality to it. Here's hoping that the return of Guy Chambers doesn't signal a return to the old "sunshine" writing.

My favorite Robbie story is how Robbie told Guy that he wanted to make a song that sounded like Dr. Dre's "Still D.R.E.": YouTube - Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg - Still Dre

And Guy gave him "Something Beautiful": YouTube - Robbie Williams - Something Beautiful
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Old 09-08-2009, 05:45 AM   #19
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To be honest, he's one of the few respectable pop artists out in the world.
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Old 09-09-2009, 08:05 PM   #20
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It is kind of weird how things have turned out for Rob. Since Take That have returned and have practically taken over the UK as it were, Rob has to come back and prove himself in the face of their - what - 5 or 6 odd million album sales in the past 3 years?

How the world turns indeed.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:40 PM   #21
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It's such a shame that he isn't more popular over here in the states. In order to get his first two studio albums, I had to have the cd store order them as imports. And those first two albums hold a special place in my heart, because they got me through some tough times in high school.

I wasn't too impressed (and still aren't too impressed) with Intensive Care. I think it lacks melody and substance. Rudebox, on the other hand, is mostly catchy, good pop music. I prefer the early stuff, but Rudebox is a pretty decent album.

My favorite Robbie album, though, is Escapology. Pure pop perfection on that one, it's his masterpiece.
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:34 AM   #22
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I'm loving that there are other 'Rudebox' fans. It was unfairly slated in my opinion - but meh - as Neil Tennant said "it was quite a popular flop - 4.5 million copies sold".
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I don't hate Rudebox, I actually quite like it. I was just such a big fan of Intensive Care that I was a little letdown.

but Rudebox, Viva Life on Mars, especially Lovelight, Bongo Bong, Burslem Normals, Louise, and The 80s & 90s are beautiful tunes.
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Robbie is a legend

Bodies is awesome

Best solo artist about
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Bros Gallagher would be very disappointed in you.
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he is not as high as them in the legend stakes
he just about makes it over the line
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