Take the Crown - Robbie Williams
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  • Summary: Produced by Jacknife Lee, the ninth solo album for the British pop singer is his first since 2009's Reality Killed The Video Star.
  • Record Label: Universal Music Group
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Nov 27, 2012
    80
    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. Nov 27, 2012
    70
    The songwriting is impressive throughout. [Dec 2012, p.79]
  3. Jan 15, 2013
    70
    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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Nov 27, 2012
    60
    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.
  7. Nov 27, 2012
    40
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Oct 16, 2013
    9
    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! Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2013
    9
    "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. Expand
  3. Jan 3, 2013
    7
    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. Collapse
  4. Dec 10, 2012
    4
    I got high expectations after hearing the leading-in but it only got worse afterwards. In fact, 'Take The Crown' is just as bad as Robbie's prior album. When he sings about **** On The Radio' he shows that he is making exactly that and 'Hey Wow Yeah Yeah' is just as terrible as its title. The LP has some bright spots but all in all, it's not worth listening. Expand