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Williams' 2006 Album Includes Collaborations with the Likes of the Pet Shop Boys, William Orbit, Mark Ronson and a Host of Others, on Both Original Compositions and Covers of Some of his Favourite Tracks. This is Perhaps the Most Definitive Robbie Williams Opus to Date, Where his Truest Personal and Musical Inspirations Collide to Create an Intimate and Explorative Sound that Will Surprise Some, but after Eight Albums, It's the Sound of Robert Peter Williams, Born 1974 in Stoke on Trent, UK.

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With the help of producer/songwriters William Orbit, Mark Ronson, Jerry Meehan, Joey Negro and Soul Mekanik (plus guests as diverse as The Pet Shop Boys and Lily Allen), Robbie Williams has achieved a most radical transformation. Gone is the slick, pop-rogue of yesteryear: in his place is a new Robbie that raps, embraces club beats and (mostly) favours personal indulgence over cheesy, universal pop. Recent single "Rudebox", all electronic riddims and slack-rap vocal delivery, was just the start of this transition. The rest of Rudebox completes the remarkable overhaul with several eclectic covers - from Manu Chau's "Bongo Bong" and Lewis Taylor's underground classic "Lovelight," to subversive takes on The Human League ("Louise"), My Robot Friend ("We're The Pet Shop Boys") and Stephen Duffy ("Kiss Me") – and tracks such as "Keep On", "Good Doctor" and "Dickhead", which confirm his quite bewildering quest to becoming a comedic, Staffs-accented version of The Streets.

Slightly more serious are his attempts at what he describes as 'wonky pop'. Songs like "Viva Life On Mars", his odd ode to Madonna ("She's Madonna"), the dark "The Actor" and catchy club-hit-in-waiting "Never Touch That Switch" all feature innovative production and interesting arrangements. Toward the end, we get "The 80s" and "The 90s", two more amusing "rap"-tracks that cover the singer's adolescence and his Take That years respectively; these underline the nostalgic, end-of-an-era feel of the LP. Audaciously eclectic and admirably upfront, Rudebox is overtly a form of personal catharsis. Not all the experiments work, but they're better than you might think, and now they're off his chest it'll be interesting to see where the new Robbie Williams heads to next.--Paul Sullivan

1. Rudebox
2. Viva Life On Mars
3. Lovelight
4. Bongo Bong And Je Ne T'aime Plus
5. She's Modonna
6. Keep On
7. Good Doctor
8. The Actor
9. Never Touch That Switch
10. Louise
11. We're The Pet Shop Boys
12. Burslem Normals
13. Kiss Me
14. The 80's
15. The 90's
16. Summertime

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 30, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Chrysalis/ EMI
  • ASIN: B000HC2MFC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,386 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T.E. on December 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
At least I like to think so. I've read some reviews from some critics and they bash this..why? I'm not sure. Probably because this album is actually more upbeat and much more better than his last two albums.

The British music industry is such a weird thing, I think if something doesn't sound like Oasis or Coldplay (you know, the melancholy crap they prefer to like) then they either immediately diss it or ride it off as a failure. Now mind you there have been exceptions to this rule, with the likes of acts like the incredible and beautiful Girls Aloud and Craig David, that prove that Brit Pop doesn't have to be full of Beatles-wannabes and boring and mediocre alt-rock acts. I think Robbie Williams wanted to go in a fresh direction with Rudebox but the British public don't seem to have grasped it for some reason.

But like I said before this album probably is his most quirkiest and coolest since his 2000 album Sing When You're Winning. He embraces everything here from club beats to his trademark melodies. There are some great great tracks on this!

My favorite tracks on the album would be:

"Rudebox"-Hey, I like to hear Robbie rap. He sounds too cool. I have nothing against this track unlike some of the music lovers back in his home country.

"She's Madonna"-This song grows on you. It's got a nice ambient type of beat and Robbie's vocals work great here!

"Viva Life On Mars"-This track is one of the catchiest songs on the album. When he gets to the chorus...."Viva Life On Mars I'm calling, sending my frequency to the galaxy so you can see, people down here."...is when he shines and shows why he's loved back home in the UK, Europe and Latin America.

"Never Touch That Switch"-It's got a great beat. What more can I say?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The crossover is over, and Robbie Williams has returned to his roots with this album. It may take repeated listening to get into it, as it's full of Eurodance and Britpop tracks, and sounds more like the Pet Shop Boys (who produce two of the tracks), than the Robbie Williams of the last few albums.

First single "Rudebox" is produced by Soul Mekanik, and is a fun dance track that sets the tone for the album. Soul Mekanik also produce two other tracks, including another good electro-dance track "Never Touch That Switch" where Robbie sings lyrics like "there's a schism in the time mechanism".

Second single "Lovelight" is a track where he covers the Lewis Taylor original and sings in falsetto, and is followed by the outrageously funny cover of Manu Chao's "Bongo Bong" (or King of the Bongo) in "Bongo Bong/Je Ne T'Aime Plus". The two Pet Shop Boys tracks are "She's Madonna" which is a tribute to the always controversial singer, and "We're the Pet Shop Boys" which you won't be able to differentiate from a PSB original.

Other tracks are produced by Mark Ronson, Jerry Meehan, William Orbit, and others, and include a cover of "Louise" by Human League. I thought he could have done a bit more with "The 80s" and "The 90s" and was looking forward to more samples. Rapping is not his strong point, and neither is falsetto, but when he turns on his cheeky, rude, bad boy charm you can't help but like him anyway.

Amanda Richards, October 31, 2006
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bradley Jacobson on April 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
For some reason Rudebox has gotten a ton of awful press, and its sales were nowhere near the lot of Robbie's previous efforts but to me he has finally done what I wanted him to do - he made a record that I will play just as much as Sing When You're Winning. Not that Robbie's last two CDs were bad it's just that they were familiar, they were just extensions of what he has done before, but with Rudebox it seems he's headed to a newer dimension, a starkly dark yet thrilling disco where you can both shake your rudebox and do the rudebox all at the same time. The opening title cut is just plain dance fun silliness though so is most of the album, yet it's all together quite catchy - "Viva Life On Mars" with it's 'uh huhs' reminds me of a ten different songs all great, and the Lily Allen pseudo duet "Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'aime Plus" is just fun as hell. I'm a tad confused over "She's Madonna" no matter how many times I hear it, I can't tell if he's telling his girl he has to leave cause Madonna wants him or it's just some strange fantasy, Madonna makes another appearance in "The Actor" which breaks down in the middle to list a ton of actors working a la Miss M's "Vogue", "We're The Pet Shop Boys" with the actual Pet Shop Boys is all very, well, Pet Shop Boys, and his two autobiographical takes "The 80's" and "The 90's" are better than I expected. All in all, Rudebox is a much welcome addition to Robbie's post Guy Chambers albums and I think he's finally having some fun.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By spacefan on October 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Robbie Williams fan since his Take That days, and ain't ashamed to say it.

He's been to hell and back, and is now one of Europe's ( and Asia's ) most beloved pop stars. ( No such luck in the US, but what do you expect when RW doesn't fit the black-blinged-out-hip-hop-artiste or angry-slash-slutty-white-female-punk-rocker mould? )

Granted, his last 2 releases ( Escapology and Intensive Care ) were less than commendable, with a string of rather forgettable tunes. But for those of us who've been eagerly awaiting the Robster's grand return since his Sing When You're Winning and Swing When You're Winning heydays, you're in for a huge treat.

His new album is full of great numbers, from the catchy opening title track, followed in quick succession by a heady couplet of an Elvis Presley homage ( Viva Life On Mars ) and the absolutely dreamy Lovelight ( my personal favourite ).

Other worthy mentions include She's Madonna, Never Touch That Switch, The 90's ( poignant rap about his troubles in Take That ), and Kiss Me ( a delightful cover of a Stephen Duffy original, with Erasure-esque camp tinged with the trademark RW cheekiness ).

Also greatly enjoyed Good Doctor, which invoked hallucinatory images from the film Trainspotting. And being a physician myself, perhaps that's the reason I found his drug name-dropping rap so hilarious.

Lovelight warrants further mention, being what I consider the best track on Rudebox. Haven't loved an RW song this much since Rock DJ, and the music video rocks! Very retro, very smooth, very psychedelic. Try blasting this in your car while speeding down a highway and I guarantee you'll find yourself belting the lyrics in no time.
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Oh man, this album sucks!
You've got a good point...I'm alright with this album but I haven't been totally behind his stuff since Sing...I really didn't like Escapology very much and I have yet to pick up Intensive Care but it sounded like more of the same. I miss stuff that sounds like his first 2 albums...
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