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****************************************************************** TITLE: Escapology (Explicit Version) RATING: ***½ ARTIST: Robbie Williams LABEL: Virgin Records TRACKS: 14 AVAILABILITY: 9 GBP from Amazon ASIN: #B000070WJE ****************************************************************** INTRODUCTION ****************************************************************** I’ll ... Read review
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Escaping Into Robbie's Membrane

AdvantagesSome good lyrics and songs, with "Come Undone" being my fav song

DisadvantagesDidn't convince me that he deserves all the praise he has gotten

"****************************************************************** TITLE: Escapology (Explicit Version) RATING: ***½ ARTIST: Robbie Williams LABEL: Virgin Records TRACKS: 14 AVAILABILITY: 9 GBP from Amazon ASIN: #B000070WJE ****************************************************************** INTRODUCTION ****************************************************************** I’ll be honest with all of you: I’ve heard very little ..." Read review
12.06.2007

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You wouldn't want to escape from this one. Diamond review Review with images

AdvantagesSome very enlightening songs with a vast array of styles

DisadvantagesSome lyrics are brutually honest and made me slightly uncomfortable at times

"I defy anyone to tell me that they haven't heard of Robbie Williams. Former member of the hugely successful boy band, Take That, the cheeky chappy from Manchester left in 1995 to go solo. He went on to record one of the most popular songs (especially at Weddings) of all time: 'Angels'. 'Escapology' is his 6th Studio album (although arguably it's his 5th, as the album before this one is made up of songs from the Rat Pack 'Swing When You're Winning') ..." Read review
13.06.2007

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Community Level 7thebigc1690

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there`s no escaping it, the mans got talent Review with images

Advantagesgood tracks

Disadvantagesbad tracks

"...well wide of the mark. Escapology ended 2002 as the best selling album of the year in the UK having sold over 1.4 million copies. It went on to sell more than 2 million copies and became classified 6x platinum by the BPI taking Escapology to the dizzy heights of 60th best selling album in UK history. In 2003 on the back of this album began Robbie’s world tour and he was to perform 3 gigs at Knebworth which between them attracted 375,000 fans which ..." Read review
14.06.2007

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Community Level 6nathaninnit

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Lost in a Monsoon

AdvantagesSingles releases from the album are what Robbie does best

DisadvantagesI can't say much for the rest, a bit messy

"...By the end of 2002, Escapology was the best selling album of the year in the UK selling 1.4million copies, and then by the end of the following year it had sold nearly 2 million copies. This made it the 60th best selling album in UK history. But it's all well and good to say at what point Robbie was at in his career, how does it actually sound? Does it stand the test of time being about 5 years old? Lets find out. HOW PECULIAR - "Rub me rub me ..." Read review
16.06.2007

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Community Level 4Smiley_Sca...

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How peculiar

AdvantagesTwelve amazingly great songs

DisadvantagesOne dodgy track and one that I just can't stand!

"Robbie Williams. Should I really bother with this album explaining who the singer is? Maybe some would say not, as we can assume everyone knows, but hey assumptions can be wrong. Robbie Williams was a member of a massive boy band called Take That. He left, then they split. From Take that, most people, I reckon, expected the main singer - Gary Barlow - to do the best, but in fact not one member of Take that has had a better career that Rob. He had ..." Read review
20.06.2006

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Title Escapology (Parental Advisory) [PA], Escapology [PA]
Performer Robbie Williams
Genre Rock & Pop
Release Date 29/05/2005
Original Release Year 2003
Label / Distributor EMI Music Distribution / Discovery; EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics, Chrysalis / EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics
Pieces in Set 1
Studio / Live Studio
Format Performer
EAN 724354399428
Catalogue Number 5439942
Stereo Stereo
Producer Guy Chambers; Steve Power
Recomended Retail Price 16.99 GBP
Sub Genre Brit Pop
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Album Notes Personnel includes: Robbie Williams (vocals); Grant Geissman (acoustic guitar); Gary Nutall (acoustic & electric guitar, background vocals); Neil Taylor (acoustic & electric guitar); Guy Chambers (acoustic & fuzz guitar, piano, Wurlitzer piano, harpsichord); Boots Ottestad, Waddy Watchell (guitar); Eric Marienthal (tenor saxophone); Wayne Bergeron (trumpet); Jim Cox (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, Clavinet); Claire Worrall (piano, Hammond B-3 organ, background vocals); Andy Wallace (piano); Aren Hovda, Dave Stewart (keyboards); Yolanda Charles, Phil Spalding, Leland Sklar (bass); Steve Ferrone, Jeremy Stacey (drums); Andy Duncan (percussion); Michelle Escoffery, Katie Kissoon, Tessa Niles, Paul Williams (background vocals); The London Session Orchestra, Rose Stone Gospel Choir.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California and London, England.
For ex-Take That member Robbie Williams, beneficiary of an enormous, multi-million dollar contract exceeding even that of Janet Jackson, ESCAPOLOGY continues a successful career that's made him one of Europe's biggest stars since going solo in the late '90s. America remained Williams's next horizon to be conquered and to that end, he moved to the Left Coast where he and longtime producer Guy Chambers got down to compositional woodshedding and emerged with these tracks. Not surprisingly, the rigors of fame come up whether in the context of sexual performance anxiety (the jangly, mid-tempo "How Peculiar") or a quest to sidestep cynicism (a very Elton-like "Something Beautiful"). To his credit, the cheeky teen idol also shows a sensitive side that finds him singing about his grandmother (the self-penned "Nan's Song") and looking for love (the soaring "Feel") while poking fun at his own celebrity (a hook-laden "Handsome Man"). With ESCAPOLOGY, Robbie Williams continues to elude the creative doldrums normally encountered by former teen idols.
Album Reviews Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A more self-conscious effort to craft a pop-rock blockbuster....Williams does a fine job belting out power ballads..."
Rolling Stone (4/17/03, p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A more self-conscious effort to craft a pop-rock blockbuster....Williams does a fine job belting out power ballads..."

Titles on disc 1

1. How Peculiar
2. Feel
3. Something Beautiful
4. Monsoon
5. Sexed Up
6. Love Somebody
7. Revolution
8. Handsome Man
9. Come Undone
10. Me and My Monkey
11. Song 3
12. Hot Fudge
13. Cursed
14. Nan's Song, Nan's Song Medley
15. How Peculiar (reprise)
16. I Tried Love

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