Rudebox - Robbie Williams
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  • Summary: William Orbit, Mark Ronson, Lily Allen and the Pet Shop Boys are among the collaborators on Williams' eclectic seventh studio disc, which finds him experimenting (never a good sign) with electronica and even hip-hop.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. 'Rudebox' is not 'Robbie Williams the serious artiste', but it is an amazing pop album.
  2. 80
    An intriguing, funny and inventive listen. [Nov 2006, p.101]
  3. Undoubtedly one of the year's strangest releases.
  4. Things hover uneasily somewhere between wholesale reinvention and mere superstar vanity project. [28 Oct 2006]
  5. On this showing he's bored and directionless. [Nov 2006, p.134]
  6. All too often Rudebox plays like an undeveloped collection of half-baked ideas.
  7. His new lyrical equation seems to be rip off someone else's words, add some street slang that would have been out of date five years ago, mention some brand names, say something offensive and then shoe horn it all together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 32
  2. Negative: 10 out of 32
  1. ToddJ
    Oct 26, 2006
    10
    Another modern day classic pop album by Robbie. Like all other masterpieces of the 21st century, it is both innovative and orginal. Reminiscent of Loveless, OK Computer, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. In many years to come people will look apon this album as a brilliant slice of art from 2006. 10/10 Expand
  2. MarianneW
    Nov 12, 2006
    10
    Rudebox is one of the best (maybe the best) Robbie Williams album ever. Rudebox is an album you need to listen to more than once to get the songs, (as with all good albums) because you can get a bit surprised at first. The album is a mix of beautiful ballads, hiphop, soul, disco, rap and countrystyle. You can hear that he really likes what he is doing and that makes the album hugely likeable. The great song She´s Madonna is going to be a hit and there are several more. He sings with emotion in the beautiful songs Summertime, The 80s, The 90s and Burslem normals. Viva life on Mars are catchy, just like Keep on and Good doctor. The actor is also a great tune. He raps in his own way (there is actually no rulebook of how to rap) and he does it well, he talks, sing-talks and sings. As always the lyrics are personal poetry. He has also covered songs that have meant very much to him in his youth and he does it very good. So respect to Robbie Williams for taking this step and it´s amazing how good it all has come out. I can highly recommend this album. It has it all and there´s never a dull moment. You can listen to it many times and never get bored because of the beautiful mix of styles. Expand
  3. TylerD
    Oct 27, 2006
    10
    The best album of his career.
  4. jimw
    Nov 23, 2006
    7
    definitely not Robbie's best album, I would say half of the songs are excellent (first 5, last 4) but the rest feels a bit "unfinished".
  5. SinishaS
    Nov 26, 2006
    4
    i've followed robbie's career since the beginning and i really like his work and himself as a person but i have to admit that rudebox is pretty lame Expand
  6. SpinCycle
    Jan 7, 2007
    2
    Despite the best efforts of the producers, you just cantt polish a turd. It sounds like a contractual obligation to the record co. They should be asking for some of the big money they gave him as part of his contract back. Expand
  7. DeclanM
    Jan 17, 2007
    0
    absolute crap pure and simple this guy is a muppet

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