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  • Summary: The former Take That singer releases his latest solo album produced by Trevor Horn.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. While this new Reality contains fewer knockout potential hits than past efforts, it does boast the two strongest soul-flecked tracks of Williams career. [20 Nov 1009, p.87]
  2. You might expect an album this musically surefooted to be triumphalist in tone, but Reality Killed the Video Star is more complicated and interesting than that.
  3. Like the verbal tricks he loves to employ, the appeal of Robbie Williams might still be too tricky to be truly universal. But this album proves that he is a great brain teaser.
  4. The album is a solid contribution to Williams’ catalogue, but doesn’t achieve the peerless pop and dance genius of "The Ego Has Landed" (1999) or "Sing When You’re Winning" (2000).
  5. The majority of Reality Killed the Video Star - a reliably punning title, and this one almost works - seems to have taken its glum atmospheric cue from Morrissey's Vauxhall And I or Rufus Wainwright's less fruity concoctions - without necessarily taking on board any of their melodic or lyrical gifts. [Dec 2009, p. 108]
  6. For the most part, Reality... swings between the mawkish strings and piano overproduction which Williams has seemed overly attached to ever since 1998's Bond-inspired 'Millennium,' and flashes of genuine pop frivolity, for which he likely has producer Trevor Horn to thank.
  7. The whole album lacks focus. Williams jumps around from big band to Pet Shop Boys electro to piano ballads to easy rocking. The one common thread is overproduction.

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  1. Dec 27, 2013
    A brilliant singer-songwriter and an amazing album. A very talented Artist, and I highly recommend this album to anyone. One of my favourites by him. Expand
  2. Dec 10, 2012
    At some parts Robbie shows that he is a good singer-songwriter, but most of the time this album is rubbish. While hearing "Won't Do That" I actually wanted to smash my head against the desk - this song is terribly bad. He obviously became too old to make good music. Sometimes his talent peeks through, but it's better to skip this release of him. Expand