Robbie Williams
Escapology


3.5
great

Review

by XfingTheSullen USER (54 Reviews)
April 20th, 2011 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pop doesn't always have to be crappy.

Robbie Williams has been one of the most successful pop-culture creations with many hits having received frequent airplay. With many CDs in his fold, he's been slowly but steadily securing himself as one of the high fliers of today's pop music. Upon listening to Robbie's 2002 CD Escapology, though, I couldn't shake the feeling that even though it's pop, it's much more elaborate (or if you will, less half-assed) than most of the music that accompanies it on the radio.

Robbie is just mellow. His music is free of any cares and woes, and it works the same on the listener. Just sit back in your armchair, play the track Something Beautiful and tell me you still give a crap. I dare you. What merits a mention is the instrumentation on this album (which probably reflects Robbie's achievements in general). Having real musicians play real instruments is always a plus in the woefully demusicalized pop genre - you'll find guitars (even distorted ones), trumpets, trombones, pianos and more. The compositions are simple and poppy, yet diverse, elaborate and composed with care and heart. Robbie himself is quite a capable singer, though he certainly has rested on his laurels and by 2002 had still had much room to improve his technique. His skills have been absolutely sufficient to illustrate the music he performs, though - his delivery is correct and passionate.

Mr. Williams also demonstrates his quirkier side in songs like the punky Handsome Man, jovial Hot Fudge, Spanish-influenced Me and My Monkey, or aggressive Song 3 or Cursed - that last one even borders on hard rock with heavy riffing and a simplistic yet tasty solo thrown in. Emotionality is at its peak in the very well known hit Feel and the really thrilling Love Somebody - that last one seriously gave me the creepies the first time I heard it, and quite honestly, love and singing about it in songs are not my things. That just shows what an awesome song that is, a definite highlight.

Escapology is the most acclaimed effort by Robbie Williams for a reason. It showcases many facets of this musician while presenting the listener with a memorable and enjoyable experience encompassing a wide array of moods and emotions, founded on solid musicianship, If you like pop and light rock, don't pass this album.

Recommended tracks:
Feel
Love Somebody
Handsome Man
Song 3
Hot Fudge
Cursed

7/10



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2011


10185 Comments


Good read. I'm not big on anything on the radio though, so have a pos for your efforts.

bloc
April 20th 2011


57515 Comments


I JUS WANNA FEEEEL

REAL LOOOVE

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Knott-
Emeritus
April 20th 2011


10223 Comments


Me And My Monkey is so good.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2011


10185 Comments


Also your recs on the right are absolutely amazing. lol. This looks longer on a phone.

bloc
April 20th 2011


57515 Comments


Me And My Monkey is so good.

That song is soooooo dumb

Nikkolae
April 21st 2011


5448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

come undone and feel are sooo good, and i lol'd at the recs

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
April 21st 2011


10185 Comments


There good huh?

KILL
April 21st 2011


81232 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

his best album

Jim
April 21st 2011


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

summary is strange, as this is his crappiest album.

XfingTheSullen
April 26th 2011


4428 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

At least Intensive Care and it was worse than it, so no.

Whispered4tw
August 22nd 2011


883 Comments


Love Somebody is a really good track.

Log S.
March 27th 2015


2707 Comments


just getting into Robbie Williams (not sure if that's a sentence i ever thought i'd write, but hey here i am writing it so forget it!) and honestly this one was always presented as one of his worse ones so i'm pretty excited to see it's more of a "divisive record" and not one of those universally-declaimed duds - more of a chance i might have somethin really good to go into!

always loved Feel so that's a pretty nice starter incentive

newflesh
May 3rd 2018


19 Comments


Something Beautiful is the only song that stood test of time for me. It's just as the name implies "smth beautiful"

MrSirLordGentleman
January 12th 2019


12690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sing When you're Winning and this are truly great pop albums

bloc
January 12th 2019


57515 Comments


Unfortunately lost my CD copy of this

DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2019


15628 Comments


go to the pound shop, lad. they have mountains of them there.

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DrGonzo1937
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2019


15628 Comments


and yeah, sing when you're winning is a flawless pop album

bloc
January 12th 2019


57515 Comments


Me losing it is probably a good thing

rabidfish
January 12th 2019


5333 Comments


scatology?

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Trifolium
January 12th 2019


8805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Robbie is nice. Many great tunes, but I've always liked the greatest hits more than the actual albums.



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