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The careers of most music celebrities are like passenger ships, able to steam along nearly indefinitely without the least chance of modifying course. With his work of the 21st century, Robbie Williams appeared to have set himself on a course that was guaranteed to keep him working for decades, remaining important to thousands of fans, but never varying from the type of adult alternative singer/songwriter material expected of him. Then came Rudebox, which proves he's not that simple -- or at least, not that satisfied with himself. It may be a good album because it says little about his inner life and emotional troubles, which are unceremoniously dropped in favor of ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The careers of most music celebrities are like passenger ships, able to steam along nearly indefinitely without the least chance of modifying course. With his work of the 21st century, Robbie Williams appeared to have set himself on a course that was guaranteed to keep him working for decades, remaining important to thousands of fans, but never varying from the type of adult alternative singer/songwriter material expected of him. Then came Rudebox, which proves he's not that simple -- or at least, not that satisfied with himself. It may be a good album because it says little about his inner life and emotional troubles, which are unceremoniously dropped in favor of hyper-sexualized or sarcastic dance music and ironic laugh-getters "Make your body shake like you stood on a land mine," "Dance like you just won at the Special Olympics". It may be a good album because it has some of the best productions of his career, usually amped-up electro-disco from the duo Soul Mekanik or goofy hip-hop soul from Mark Ronson which makes him come across as Justin Timberlake at some points and Gnarls Barkley at others. It's certainly a good record in comparison to its two predecessors, which suffered from a lack of vitality. For example, while 2005's Intensive Care desultorily attempted to rewrite the Human League's "Louise," Rudebox simply covers the song, with much more feeling. Compared to Escapology and Intensive Care, Rudebox is not only loose and fun but, for the first time in Williams' career, receptive to outside help; aside from the producers, Lily Allen and the Pet Shop Boys make appearances, and Robbie covers songs from Manu Chao, Lewis Taylor, Stephen Duffy, and the indie band My Robot Friend. Not that the record is perfect; in fact, it has a few of the most embarrassing moments in Williams' career. The lyrics occasionally devolve into hip-hop nonsense "Got no strings, but I think with my ding-a-ling/Wu-Tang with the bling-bling, sing a song of Sing Sing". "The 80s" is even worse, a nostalgic but monotone rap that oddly balances adolescent trauma and pop culture "Auntie Jo died of cancer/God didn't have an answer/Rhythm was a dancer". Still, the next track after "The 80s" is "The 90s," a surprisingly bewitching chronicle of his boy-band years from 1990 to 1995. The fact remains that every track here is better and more interesting than anything from the previous two LPs, despite the occasional embarrassing couplet or misguided musical idea. [Rudebox also appeared in an edition with a bonus DVD.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Emi Import
  • UPC: 094637706329
  • Catalog Number: 377063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rudebox (4:45)
  2. 2 Viva Life on Mars (4:50)
  3. 3 Lovelight (4:02)
  4. 4 Bongo Bong/Je Ne T'Aime Plus (4:48)
  5. 5 She's Madonna (4:16)
  6. 6 Keep On (4:18)
  7. 7 Good Doctor (3:16)
  8. 8 The Actor (4:06)
  9. 9 Never Touch That Switch (2:46)
  10. 10 Louise (4:46)
  11. 11 We're the Pet Shop Boys (4:56)
  12. 12 Burslem Normals (3:50)
  13. 13 Kiss Me (3:16)
  14. 14 The 80's (4:17)
  15. 15 The 90's (5:33)
  16. 16 Summertime (13:25)
  17. 17 Dickhead
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robbie Williams Primary Artist
William Orbit Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards
N'Dea Davenport Background Vocals
Andrew Levy Bass Guitar
Laurie Mayer Background Vocals
Adrian Meehan Drums
Jerry Meehan Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Sidelnyk Drums
Neil Tennant Background Vocals
Sam Koppelman Percussion, Drums
Geoff Holroyde Drums
Raymond Angry Organ, Bass, Piano, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Roland Synthesizer
Karl Miller Percussion
Leona Naess Background Vocals
Nichol Thompson Trombone
Danny Spencer Synthesizer, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer
Vaughan Merrick Moog Synthesizer
Mark Ronson Guitar, Percussion, scratching, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Juno
Ian Hendrickson-Smith Baritone Saxophone
Mark Ralph Dobro
Brandon Christy Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Fil Eisler Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Richard L. Scott Background Vocals
Katherine Ellis Background Vocals
Lily Allen Background Vocals
Charmaine Baines Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Lee Keyboards
Kristina Paraskeva Background Vocals
Terry Earl Taylor Banjo, Harmonica
Marsha Thomason Vocals
Bailey Tzuke Background Vocals
Neil Taylor Electric Guitar
Craig Adam Russo Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Pet Shop Boys Producer
William Orbit Producer, Instrumentation
Rico Conning MIDI Programming
Tony Cousins Mastering
Pete Gleadall Programming, Engineer
Matt Kemp Engineer
Chris Lowe Composer, Programming
Adrian Meehan drum programming
Jerry Meehan Programming, Producer
Robert Smith Engineer
Neil Tennant Composer
Tim Weidner Producer, Engineer
Robbie Williams Composer
Manu Chao Composer
John O'Donnell Engineer
Chris Zippel Producer
Iain Roberton Engineer, MIDI Programming
Derek Pacuk Engineer
Danny Spencer Programming
Vaughan Merrick Engineer
R. Williams Composer
Mark Ronson Producer, Engineer, beats
Hamish Hamilton Director
D. French Spencer Composer
Lee Lodge Producer
Brandon Christy Programming, Producer, Engineer
My Robot Friend Composer
K. Andrews Composer
C.S. Heath Composer
Chris Brook Engineer
Dave Lee Producer
L. Taylor Composer
S. Dunbar Composer
Craig Adam Russo Programming, Producer, Engineer
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