Escapology

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  • Summary: UK pop star Robbie Williams follows the success of Sing When You're Winning with this, his fifth and most adult-sounding LP.

Top Track

Feel
Come and hold my hand I wanna contact the living Not sure I understand This role I've been given I sit and talk to God And he just laughs at my... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Musically and vocally, there's few surprises but at least lyrically he's moved on from clever-ish wordplay and inane love songs, to tell tales of being generally screwed-up at the hands of the multi-million dollar pop machine.
  2. More than anything in his career, Escapology is literally riddled with confession and confusion.
  3. Occasionally, Williams even manages candor without cockiness.
  4. It doesn't help that the best song here, "Feel," sounds like a bad Richard Ashcroft B-side; the worst is a seven-minute mariachi stomp about traveling to Las Vegas with a monkey, called "Me and My Monkey."
  5. Blender
    40
    Being shallow and immature is both his strength and his weakness. [Apr 2003, p.131]
  6. Probably the weakest Robbie Williams album to date.
  7. Backed by stale songs, formulaic arrangements, and mediocre songwriting, Williams is forced to rely on his volcanic personality to bring this album across -- and despite a few strong performances, he sinks into lame self-parody time and time again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. AndrewP
    Jun 22, 2003
    10
    This album is brill it is well worth the 10 points cos the tracks are so good especially the song Get A Little High off the us version of ecapology.
  2. CatherineR
    Sep 21, 2003
    10
    One of the best CD's I have ever heard....
  3. najia
    Nov 7, 2006
    10
    its amazing
  4. T.R.
    Jan 15, 2003
    9
    I feel it's a really personal album. most of the songs are great, combined with humour. I just lvoed it, and I love Robbie Williams.
  5. KillaBen
    Jan 9, 2006
    8
    This is a great album to sing along to if you're trying to learn. Especially 'Love Somebody' and 'Some Kind of This is a great album to sing along to if you're trying to learn. Especially 'Love Somebody' and 'Some Kind of Beautiful'. Definitely go with the UK vesion, though- U.S. version omitts some great tracks. Collapse
  6. May 19, 2012
    7
    What's with the low critic score? After 9 years, this is still an album I remember. OK, there are a lot of self-indulgent and self-deprecatingWhat's with the low critic score? After 9 years, this is still an album I remember. OK, there are a lot of self-indulgent and self-deprecating songs in here, but that's how Robbie is. I really do feel bad for him for having all that pressures to "break in America". The U.S. was never ready for someone like him, and it's their loss. Expand
  7. Oliver
    Nov 25, 2005
    0
    i love the ways brits are always running down the yanks for not "getting" their sophisticated brand of humour... as an outsider, i don't i love the ways brits are always running down the yanks for not "getting" their sophisticated brand of humour... as an outsider, i don't think robbie williams is funny, or clever... he's just a singer of no substance with bland songs culled from decades of retro pop, dressed up in slick modern production... oh and for everyone who keeps on harping on the sarcasm angle, it happens to be the lowest form of wit... and robbie isn't even very good at it... Expand

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