Take the Crown - Robbie Williams

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    The contributions of Williams and his latest songwriting partners, a couple of unknown Australians called Tim Metcalfe and Flynn Francis, are sometimes brilliant and never less than well crafted.
  2. Jan 15, 2013
    Even with that less-consistent Side B in mind, there's still no denying that Take the Crown remains the most wildly entertaining album Robbie Williams has released in years, unabashedly broad in appeal but immaculately well-crafted, at times even rivaling Williams' best work.
  3. Nov 27, 2012
    The songwriting is impressive throughout. [Dec 2012, p.79]
  4. Nov 27, 2012
    It's safe, something of a retreat from past endeavours to a sound more suited to commercial returns in the present.
  5. Nov 27, 2012
    Take The Crown plays it safe. [Dec 2012, p.85]
  6. Nov 27, 2012
    The fact remains that Take The Crown is a disappointment. [Dec 2012, p.99]
  7. 60
    While Take The Crown undoubtedly contains many individual tracks sure to tickle the mainstream pop palate, that doesn't in itself make for a great album.
  8. Nov 27, 2012
    It is not unimpressive, with energy and attack and flashes of wit but there are too few of the kind of mad pop moments that make you stop in your tracks and not enough evidence that Williams is stretching and growing as a songwriting talent.
  9. If you loved Williams the way he was, rejoice. If you didn't, it may be time to switch off the radio and television for a few months, and bury your head in a bucket of calamine lotion.
  10. Nov 27, 2012
    Take the Crown features Robbie doing what Robbie does best--writing and performing effortless pop music--but not at his best.
  11. Nov 27, 2012
    Aside from its undertone of paranoid desperation, however, the album is a largely by-the-numbers exercise and seems almost certain to quickly fall off the public consciousness.
  12. Nov 27, 2012
    Take the Crown lapses into the same grandiose self-help talk and too-slick production that's marred his recent albums.
  13. Nov 27, 2012
    Collectively, Team Williams (producer Jacknife Lee is on board, too) struggle to find a copper-bottomed, gut-feel voice for Robbie 2.0, settling for a variety of puzzling gambits that miss as often as they hit.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    For myself it's just Robbie's comeback to the biggest of them all. An Instant classic like Candy or superb Different and full of energy Hey Wow Yeah Yeah makes that album not a perfect but very-good in my opinion. Welcome back Robbie! Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    When i first heard the album i didn't get it....it all sounded like a mess, specially songs like "Hey Wow Yeah Yeah" and "S*it On The Radio". After 5 or 6 times this songs actually became pretty funny, but nothing compared to other works like "Last Days Of Disco", from the Reality album. There are also masterpieces like "Into the Silence" and "Different". In the end its a good pop album, still there are other Robbie's albums so much better than this one. Full Review »
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    "Take The Crown" it's just as good as he previously album "Reality Killed The Video Star" very consistent and coherent. It''s probally his most funny album, with funny songs like "Candy" and "Hey Wow Yeah Yeah". It all works when you listen the album, the songs have a really good connection. Full Review »