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Life Thru A Lens

Robbie Williams

1997

Life Thru A Lens

Album Summary

Life thru a Lens is the debut solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams. It was Williams' first solo album following his departure from Take That. Released on 29 September 1997 through Chrysalis Records, it is influenced by Britpop, a departure from the poppier tone of music Take That employed. The album's working name was The Show-Off Must Go On.The album's first three singles, "Old Before I Die", "Lazy Days" and "South of the Border" (the only single to miss the top 10), were all moderate successes, but it was the fourth single "Angels" which catapulted Williams to international fame as a solo artist. Peaking at number 4, it has sold over 1 million copies in the UK and is his biggest-selling single to date. Fifth and final single "Let Me Entertain You" reached number three, becoming the album's third top-5 hit. "Freedom," Robbie's first solo success, a cover of George Michael's 1990 hit, is not featured on the album. Life thru a Lens debuted at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart and initially remained in the lower regions, but, upon the chart success of "Angels", it began steadily climbing and finally reached number one in April 1998, five months after its release. Though never selling more than 60,000 copies in a single week, the album has sold over 2,094,000 copies as of November 2013, making it Williams' fourth-best-selling studio album and fifth-best-seller overall.

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2.74

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4625

Genres

  • Pop
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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

This book of albums sure places British mediocrity on a pedestal.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
1

Sounds like the debut album from your mom’s favorite American Idol Finalist.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

‘Life Thru a Lens” by Robbie Williams (1997) Hyper-produced pop—the kind of thing you’d expect from a boy band member gone solo. Pleasant enough to listen to, but not seriously. Williams’ voice is a high throat mewl, desperately chasing the melody, with varied quality across limited range, and incapable of either of mellow lows or powerful highs. Lyrics are too dependent on forced rhymes, and lack depth. Overall, so-so. But a nice collection of cameras on the album cover. 2/5

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Que vous le croyiez ou non, quand Robbie Williams ne fait pas de doigts d'honneur à la Coupe du Monde ou n'intervient pas de façon totalement injustifiée dans une émission de télévision dédiée aux Inconnus, il conçoit des albums. Et qu'est-ce que ça donne, alors ? N'en déplaise au père de mon compagnon d'écoute eltrapeze dont les goûts sont ouvertement critiqués par une majorité de musicologues en exercice, cet album nous donne la sensation d'être retenu prisonnier d'un interminable épisode de Glee ou d'High School Musical. Seul point positif au milieu de cette pagaille : mon apparition sur la pochette du projet tout en haut à gauche. J'étais en effet ce jour-là en train de faire la queue à la pharmacie où je me rends habituellement pour acheter un shampoing anti-pelliculaire lorsque, survenant de nulle part, surgit Robbie Williams accompagné d'une foule de journalistes et de photographes. Ledit Robbie se posta rapidement devant l'une des caisses, le regard dirigé vers les sachets de pastilles mentholées avant d'exiger qu'on l'y prenne en photo dans cette position. La pharmacienne, dépassée par la situation, tentait tant bien que mal de prendre ma commande mais je n'osai pas demander mon shampoing devant pareille assemblée. Je posai donc mes lunettes de soleil sur mes yeux pour demander mon shampooing sans être reconnu, et ce moment fut immortalisé par la photo qui sera choisie pour être la pochette de cet album.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
5

What a great and uplifting album. Robbie can sing just about anything, fronted by two of his biggest hits, each song belongs on the album and has a unique edge, definitely no standard, boring pop

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Fri May 07 2021
4

This album absolutely bops! I'm from the U.S., so I've never heard of this guy. Great energy in this album and super poppy without feeling dumb. Reminds me of Dishwalla but better (and I love Dishwalla). The songs have some variety and definitely emotion. My favorite songs are: Old Before I die, let me entertain you, Lazy Days, and 100% Angels - that's the best song on the album. I'm giving this an 8/10, but it could be higher due to the fact that it is hard to find all these songs in my country. I'm sure this album is good though and highly recommend it.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Not at all what I'd expected - in a good way. I've always been aware of Robbie Williams in that "oh right, he's always been huge in the UK ... former boy band guy?" way but I don't know that I'd ever heard anything by him. A bit of reading about this album shows that he wanted to break away from his previous career and was heavily influenced by the Britpop that was so prevalent/popular at the time. After even one song I'd say that's mostly accurate - I like a lot of that mid90s rock subgenre but find a lot of negatives in most of it...some combination of overly compressed loudness and constant whinging (Oasis at their worst, although they were great at their best... I digress). This is ... better? This has a good mix of instrumentation - layered guitars (but not too thick), heavy drums, cool keyboards, the occasional piano (on the semi-cheesy ballad "Angels" in particular), the vocals are mostly not annoying me - tons of melody overall... "Killing Me" has a really great chord progression - might be my favourite. Negatives: when/if I start listening to the lyrics I start to question my judgement ("Angels") which is exactly why I try to ignore lyrics if possible. So yeah, they're a little distracting to me at times - simplicity, cliched, etc (god help me if #$@$ Bon Jovi is anywhere on this list). So some of the songs are probably skip-worthy (e.g. "South of the Border") but even on that one there are a few cool instrumental parts (i.e. the funky organ post-solo). Anyways - for the most part this is a good and fun rock album I'd never have given a look at before. 7/10 4 stars

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

What really sells this album is his incredibly versatile voice. The songs maintain a consistent pop sound while branching off into various genres. Their production and instrumentation was done so well to really highlight what a top class vocalist Robbie is.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Overall non-offensive sound; sounds perfect for either the intro or outro credit for a movie depending on the track. Makes me want to stare out of a window of a bus as I take a long journey. Lazy Days and Angels are Outro, South of the Border and Let Me Entertain You are Intro credits. Old Before I Die is the where the kids ended up 35 years later in the coming of age block buster of the summer.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Let's get this statement out of the way- "Angels" carries this and gets the album up to 2* almost by itself. It's an undeniably great pop song that deserves its place in the canon. The rest of the album has the air of "pop artist trying to prove his worth as a solo-act by going rock", channeling all sorts of influences from the current scene and beyond to see what would stick. "Let Me Entertain You" is a rip-roaring ride and the Beatles-esque "Clean" is enjoyable if slight. The rest ranges from decent balladry to cookie cutter 90s Britpop. Good for background but doesn't hold up to much scrutiny (especially those lyrics). Also, what on earth was he thinking with Hello Sir? It's laughable.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Guy Chambers wrote a few great pop songs for this and I do like Robbie’s cheeky chappie, bad boy persona. The whole thing smacks a little bit of a desperation for authenticity and breaking away from his boy band baggage. It comes off as too manufactured for me. But hey, it’s a pop album - a decent pop album.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

generic, boring, not notable in the slightest. Let me entertain you was almost decent but I still wouldn't listen to it again.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
1

Soft boring generic rock. Just not my thing.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
1

No

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Thu Jun 16 2022
1

How is this even remotely close to qualifying for this list? Incredibly generic and overall pointless album.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
5

Nothing revolutionary but I liked all songs.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

I loved this album when it came out, and still a classic. I remember being entirely sceptical of Robbie, being as he was a former Take That member and initially feeling validated in that by his awful cover of Faith (thankfully not on this album). But his brash take on Britpop was infectious and I always felt his arrogance was somewhat tongue-in-cheek.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

Solid album

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Fri Jan 14 2022
5

A nostalgic classic - the man's a great poet

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

pretty pretty dope

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

I loved every minute of this one!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
5

Il caratteristico timbro vocale di Robbie Williams aggiunge un tocco interessante a canzoni che non lo sarebbero troppo di per loro. Bello il finale di 'Lazy days' e la successiva 'Life thru a Lens'. Le prime 3 sono belle cariche, poi si arriva a 'Angels', un capolavoro, che non scopro ora, che dà una bella svolta all'album. Non è facile ripartire dopo questa e la successiva perde qualcosa, soprattutto a livello del ritornello. Piccola nota curiosa: in 'Old before i die' RW si augura una vita lunga, il contrario di molti suoi colleghi. 'One of god's better people' ha sicuramente un bellissimo testo, ma non comprendo molto la canzone in sé. 'Let me entertain you' ok, fallo, sei bravo (non sono ironico). Le ultime tre dimenticabili, tranne la bonus track 'Hello Sir': wow! Le canzoni sono tutte scritte dallo stesso cantante, non pensavo. Il massimo se lo merita tutto.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
5

Some big Robbie songs on here - Angels and Let me Entertain you. I prefer some of Robbie's later stuff but really enjoyed this throwback of an album.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
5

I really enjoyed all of this album.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
5

Most of the album isn't available on Spotify, but found a decent chunk on YT. Actually a really great voice, soothing and upbeat. New artist for me that I really enjoyed!

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

On our honeymoon in London, we had dinner with an old friend who was living there. The conversation turned to music and he sheepishly admitted to being a fan of Robbie Williams even though his flatmates made fun of him for it. When I returned to the US, I ran across Williams' The Ego Has Landed in a used CD store and picked it up out of curiosity. It quickly became one of my favorites and it still evokes strong and specific memories of where I was living and how I spent my time that year. I only today found out that Ego is a compilation of songs from prior albums, including Life Thru a Lens. So today's listen was a fun mix of songs that I know well and songs that were new to me. I love it!

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Fri Dec 09 2022
5

Robbie Williams, have I heard of this dude? Maybe... Oh, I guess I am familiar with "Angels"...but nothing else seemed familiar, and at first run through, I didn't find any interest in becoming familiar. However, as I worked on my grading, I repeated the album 3 or 4 (or 5 or 6) times and it really started to grow on me. This one is a keeper for me!

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Wed Sep 16 2020
4

Surprisingly listenable Oasis-lite

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Fri Sep 25 2020
4

This was some pretty cool pop music 4/5

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Wed Oct 21 2020
4

7,7

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Angels! Most of this album not available in streaming services though.

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Perfect 90’s pop alternative, all the 90’s musical tropes

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Album zelf een 3/5, maar +1 voor de nostalgie van 'Angels'

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

не, нормальная тема. В пику вот этому всему коммерческому мракобесию, которое выдаёт себя за рок, но стыдливо прячет под кожанной курткой петушиные перья попса, Робби Вильямс радостно и горделиво несёт свой попс-крест, при этом совершенно не чураясь реализовывать в его рамках некоторых рок-идеи. Причём идеи успешные, в отличие от того же Косплея. Альбом, конечно, не шедевральный, и особой глубины тут не найдёшь, но начало, например, получилось очень даже бойким и жизнеутверждающим. Первые 4-5 песен заходят на ура, а открывашка вообще встречает бронебойным гитарным риффаком, который и какая-нибудь группа Блюр не постеснялась бы забрать себе в каталог. Ангелы — отличная баллада, мощная, жизнеутверждающая. Иго Агого (че) — вообще лучшая песня на пластинке, вероятно. Вторая часть зашла поменее, всё-таки статус попс-звезды, видимо, обязывает писать хуету вроде One Of God's Better People. Впрочем, гитаристы там угарное стаккато запилили, что немного сбивает попсовую спесь с этой шельмы. Ну и песня Clean, например, довольно хороша (я так понял там про отказ от разгульного образа жизни, ну чтож, одобряем), а на Let Me Entertain You угарный клип запилен с закосом под блек-митольный образ. Ну и в аутро там поэмка запилен, в которой Робби отказывается лизать жопы нормисам и предлагает какому-то там хейтеру из прошлого полизать жопу ему, что, конечно, не без кринжетцы небольшой, но мною полностью понимаемо и даже ощущается немного впечатляюще. В общем и целом да хороший поп-рок альбом, энергетика есть, гитарки есть, мотивов завезли, пусть и без очевидных прямо хитов. Больше всего смутили песни, в которых было полуречитативное пение (вроде заглавной), но в рамках заданного жанра — да на здоровье. Ну 8/10 изи

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Easy listening pop rock/classic rock. Fairly good! Really like Ego Agogo, funky, upbeat. I enjoyed this album enough to add it to my library :)

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Enjoyable for the most part

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Ici on est très fan de Robbie Williams et on ne s'en cache pas, n'en déplaise à robserpillère. Ce dernier essaye depuis plusieurs mois de moquer mon éducation musicale, comparant les artistes ayant bercé mon enfance tels Robbie Williams, à des boysband obscurs comme par exemple les 2be3. Ces informations sont bien sûr totalement erronées, ce que je peux en revanche vous dire en toute franchise, c'est que rob, se croyant musicien avec sa guitare de merde, reprend des chansons de groupes tel Tragedie ou encore de l'illustre K-maro. Les performances musicales émanant de son bec à merde se passent evidemment de commentaire. A suivre donc.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

A little too poppy for me. I didn’t pay it a ton of attention while we listened in the car while clamming.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Noen kule sanger, noen av hans mest kjente, fra hans første album. South Of The Border og Baby Girl Window, to positive overraskelser, der sistnevnte har en "hemmelig" sang på slutten. Starten av albumet, 3 første, er ikke så mye å si noe om. Har jo Angels, Let me entertain you som trekker opp. Old Before I Die var også eb god låt.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

It's hard not to like

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

Didn't realize I'd like Robbie Williams so much

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

This was alright

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

I like most

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Much better than expected

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

This is just straight up good music. Nothing groundbreaking or special, but still good and sometimes that's everything you need. Tickles my brain and makes me feel nice. This man has never played a genie in a Disney movie.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

i'm a sucker for that boy band sound! i don't know if i've ever listened to take that or robbie williams, though. i really enjoyed this album. i'm not sure how much is due to williams? i wasn't that into his voice, or didn't find it as impressive as other boy band members' voices. of course, his voice isn't bad and he can certainly hit notes! this album had a great range. i do enjoy that nineties boy band sound, and i enjoy a slightly grittier sound from the britpop influence. "ego a go go" is a great example of that. also, the horns throughout the album are excellent. williams has a softer side with "angels." i'm not surprised such a soft, emotional song has become his biggest hit. his voice is well suited for it. as a side note, i listened to the whole album on youtube because spotify didn't have all songs available. i saw some scary nineties music videos as a result. williams is lucky i did not factor that into my rating!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Un 4 por Angel y Old before I die (no sabía que era suya)

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Really sounds like pop Oasis, so pretty good

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I'm pretty sure that before today the only Robbie Williams songs I'd heard were "Millennium" which I remember playing on MTV and that "Something Stupid" cover because he's not well known in The States. I have a half-baked theory that it has something to do with MTV cutting back on music videos which I believe limited the network's influence on popular music in America. This album is excellent by the way, I'm a sucker for a lot of Brit pop and this did it for me.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Good listening-while-getting-through-the-day music. The lyrics had stories, melodies and beats were good. Nice vocals. Overall a good balance where it neither faded into the background nor disturbed the harmony of the day. Would listen to it again.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

I honestly do try to go into listening to each album without any bias, but when I saw that today’s album was by Robbie Williams, by first thought was, “Seriously?” But then, it must be on this list for a reason! Songs I already know: Angels, Let Me Entertain You Favourite after listening: Clean, Old Before I Die Overall: 7/10 This album is not at all what I was expecting. I thought it was be cheesy Take That pop music that I would forget after 5 minutes but it isn’t at all. It, dare I say it, is all rock music. Pop-rock, don’t get me wrong, but still not at all what I expected. If I was to buy an Oasis album from Wish.com, this is probably what would arrive. Same genre, not quite as good at what I hoped for, but still good in its own right. Overall, I’m happy to have been wrong with my expectations.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Listened to on 8/14/22 4/5 Favorite song: angels, killing me I had never heard this album before but really enjoyed if. The songs were easy to listen to but not boring and the lyrics were super funny

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Loving the boyband rebellion vibes. The album is home to some iconic pop classics as well as some unexpected lyrics, my favourite being ‘am I straight or gay? I hope I’m old before I die. I hope I live to see the day the pope gets high’.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
4

This is a really good pop album. It was huge in England, but barely made a peep here. I was on board early only because a friend living in London alerted me what was going on. I also happened to see Robbie Williams on his first (and only) US tour in a smaller Philly venue to support this release. He was and is a formidable entertainer. No surprise that he now has a Las Vegas residency. The songs are all very good (and Angels is iconic) and the production uniformly great.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

7,5/10

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Angels, One of good’s better place, Let me entertain you

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

Ok

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Much better than I thought at first glance. I was not expecting such solid and personal songs. I was expecting some generic pop songs and was surprised by this potent work. Without this 1001 list, I'd never think about listening to Robbie Williams, but now I'm looking for his newest albums 🙂.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
4

To sum it up, this is pure, generic, radio friendly pop - which makes it a good album. It's unpretentious and doesn't try to be anything but catchy and inoffensive Top 40 music. You know how there are movies and TV shows that you put on just so you can sit back, turn your brain off, and relax? This is the album version of that. Not to mention, it's a much needed break from grindcore, '60s psychedelic folk rock, or electronica that this list has been giving. Standout tracks are One of God's Better People and the uber-catchy Let Me Entertain You.

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Fri Dec 09 2022
4

One of my partner’s favorite songs is “Angel”, so I’m familiar with that song. But somehow I’ve never heard the rest of this album before. I enjoyed all the catchy britpop. Lots of catchy hooks.

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Fri Dec 09 2022
4

I haven't ever really had much Robbie Williams on my radar—I assume just for being on the wrong side of the Atlantic. “Millennium” was pretty much the extent of it. I really appreciated this today! I was happy to let you entertain me, Robbie, with your lovely songs. Here's looking forward to more!

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

Enjoyed much more than I thought I would, but that's not saying much

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Thu Nov 26 2020
3

Couldn’t get the whole album on Spotify.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

angel

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Only a couple of songs worth listening to

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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

Production: 12/20 Songwriting: 7/20 Innovation: 8/20 Bangers: 15/20 Emotional response: 13/20 = 55 It's fun and like I'm 10 years old again

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Not as good as I thought it was going to be... still plenty of solid British pop. Angels is amazing.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Wish I could listen to the whole thing pretty groovy and some earthy vocals 3.4

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

You know what? This is actually pretty good. Another 3.5* candidate

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

I don't mind Britpop, and Robbie Williams is the classic example of it, but I also didn't grow up with it. Totally fine; don't need to listen again, not mad about it, wouldn't turn it off. Just fine.

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Sun Jan 31 2021
3

Great debut album. Poppy when it needs to be and lyrical when it has to be.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Unable to listen on spotify, consider at a later time.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

5

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Coole plaat, coole dude!

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

meh

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Pretty good music

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Nostalgia factor stronger than the music

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Sun Apr 04 2021
3

Klonk niet helemaal zuiver, maar misschien lag dat aan spotify. Aangenaam, maar niet iets dat ik bewust ga opleggen.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Not sure if this makes sense, but I feel like if I had heard this in the 90s when I was really into bands like Vertical Horizon, I might be a fan today. As it is, this is ok and fine.

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Fri May 14 2021
3

fine. almost a 4. maybe with the music we're not allowed on spotify its better. Just another generic deep voiced white guy.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Angels still a classic and some decent others. Wanted 3.5.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Yes the lyrics are ropey at points, yes there are some absolute dud tracks but there are some good tunes on this ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Alright, decent singles but that's about it

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

not on spotify, so couldnt listen

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Cool britpop sound with some nice songs and a fair bit of filler. 'Angels' is the standout, when that second verse hits you can understand why it became such a popular song.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Come back to this one

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Best pop album is still bad

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Thu Aug 12 2021
3

Not really my thing.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

A couple of gems.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Decent Brit Pop/Rock record. Evidently this guy's the biggest deal ever across the pond? Good for him!

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Idk dude it was fine

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Really bland.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Noticed this was the one with angels, old before I die, and let me entertain you, so hopes are high. I've never actually heard a lot of the non singles on this, but they're not bad. Almost carried to a four on the strength of roaring along to let me entertain you, but not quite

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Would see live, but didn't stand out.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Ooh! Bit of a surprise. Beautifully mixed and nice vocal harmonies. The lead vocal is overproduced tho. Sounds very dated to the 90s, but can't help but enjoy it. Highlights: Lazy Days, South of the Border

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Wed Sep 29 2021
3

British, 00s, Pop-rock + Funny, Easy, Important = Male, - Alike, {0/11}

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Better than I was expecting. It sounded like a cross between Oasis, the Beatles, and Elton John at times. 3 stars.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

pop becero ma molto ascoltabile

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Starts off strong as a passing of the torch from Oasis to Blur kind of LP, strong guitar leads with a healthy dollop of facetious wit. Wilts in the back half unfortunately, swapping sardonic rippers for Keane-esque Britpop ballads dripping in cheese.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
3

The unexpectedly good Robbie debut. Snarky, catchy and cute.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

it was okay. the voice was kind of annoying at some times but it was completely average.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Never heard of this guy before. First impression; some nice Matthew Sweet style power pop. First 5 songs are catchy and hooky and well executed. The finish of the album more of the same. Worthy of further exploration for sure. 3.5 🌟

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Full album not available on spotify

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

Kind of boring - it's like the vanilla pudding of 90s music

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

it's fine I guess, but I wouldn't say you need to listen to it

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Solid enough, I’m just not as taken with the charisma here as I think I need to be

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

My face when this came up 😒 My face during the first coupla tracks 😯 My fave when frickin' "Angels" came on😡 I had the singles from this rammed down my throat for years so they can absolutely get in the bin. However, I actually quite liked the album tracks I hadn't been overexposed to, so fair play to the chap I guess. Fave track - "Lazy Days" and "Life Thru a Lens" both struck me very favorably, possibly just because I was expecting horribleness!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Much more guitar based than I remembered. Quite good actually!

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Thu Jan 27 2022
3

I wanted to give this album a fair shot, but I'm not feeling it very much. The album has a fairly likeable poppy sound, if not particularly memorable. As a vocalist, Williams is fine, but ultimately neither here nor there. His voice is neither pretty nor gritty nor soulful enough to be particularly memorable. I can hear the Brit pop influences, but Williams didn't take them far enough to make it very interesting. The best song by far is "Killing Me," which is nicely arranged and features Williams' best vocal on the album. Fave Songs: Killing Me, Life Thru a Lens, Old Before I Die, Angels

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

This album isn't on Spotify that I could find, but I found a playlist with most of the tracks. The sound of this reminds me a bit of U2. I like it so far.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

This album was horribly difficult to find on different apps and streaming services. And the tracks were so hit or miss it didn't feel worth the effort. The best thing I can say about this artist is that he seems to be similar to MIKA in terms of music style choices on some songs, and I fucking love MIKA. But this took so much effort to track down and I found some of the tracks to be rather dull and forgettable. Eh, maybe it was groundbreaking for its time but it was just okay in my opinion. Fave track: Clean. That one kicked ass.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

Not my style.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

This surprised me as to how much i liked it.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Pop comercial. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

3-; Angels is a classic but album is kinda repeatable and monothematic

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Better than what I thought it would be

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Meh. This dude has a few catchy songs, but is mostly an example of how big music corporations can use marketing to bulldoze slightly talented singers to the top of the pile and make them millionaire megastars.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Really didn’t want to put this on but it was actually good?!

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Classic Robbie

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

3.5

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Thu May 05 2022
3

Very poppy but very well produced.

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Sun May 08 2022
3

This one was extremely hard to listen to in the US. At a glance it seems like a lot of other Robbie Williams albums are readily available, but this one in particular isn't.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

The whole album wasn't available but I do pull some other later songs of his. Solid late 90s pop/brit-rock.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

I remember getting this the Christmas of '97. I wasn't interested in the slightest. Angels was alright but this was Robbie from Take That, and that was what my sister listened to! Outside of the singles this feels like Robbie trying to establish himself in the Britpop scene, as here are some serious Oasis/Blur similarities here. He was a little too late to the show but this isn't bad.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I was close to loving this album but there’s something just not quite right about it

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

Some classics in there and a hand hold through the journey to being a single artist

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

I'm admittedly not sure why this was included. This was fine, but I'm not sure it's a must listen. Is it supposed to be an inclusion symbolizing the modern pop boy band's split and a member having individual success? Is it supposed to be a shining example of 90s Britpop? I'm not sure, because it's not really a glowing example of either, in my opinion. I didn't get much out of this. It was fine. It was listenable. But it didn't stir me in any kind of way. This falls somewhere between a high 2 and a low 3.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

"Life Thru a Lens" is the debut album from Robbie Williams following his departure from the boy band Take That. This was really my first time listening to Robbie Williams as he is very big in the UK but not in the US. I was expecting to not like this album at all but I thought was fine for it tries to do and can see why it was very popular. The music definitely fits in the "pop" category; However, I did hear a lot of Britpop influence especially Oasis. The overall production is at a very high level. The songs appear to be grouped into more rockin pop, straight-forward sort of glossy pop and power ballads. The album had five singles released. "Lazy Days," single #2, starts the album off with more rockin' pop; it's enjoyable enough. "Angels" was the fourth single and biggest hit from the album. A power ballad which kind of reminded me of a decent hair metal ballad from the decade before (Good Lord! Was there such a thing?) I think I did hear this song before. "Let Me Entertain" might be my favorite song on the album and kind of reminded me of Elton John. Highly produced and fast paced. If you were a pop fan, I'm sure you've heard this or at least would like this album. It was enjoyable enough for me even if I don't typically listen to pop.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Pop comercial. Ni fu ni fa.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

All in all a solid pop effort.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Well written alt-pop, it almost sounds like a squeaky clean Supergrass at their more whimsical at points. Kudos to whoever wrote the music, not so much the cringe inducing lyrics. The bit about girlfriends doing the dishes in particular hasn't aged well.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
3

Robbie Williams is a very talented singer and dancer. One of the very best in the world. The only problem I have with him is that he just will not stop having sex with disabled pensioners. This directly affects my mental health as the only thought in my head most days is Williams pounding 93 year old Doris in the ass as she howls in both pleasure and pain.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

decent pop album with 2 big hits on it, some of the more slow paced songs get a bit boring however.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Angles is one great song. The rest is very good. I'd like to hear this more often!

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

3/5 Pretty good. Nothing amazing but enjoyed it.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Feels like an adult alternative album. Very easy listening.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Very much a pop album, but not formulated. I love his Live 8 performance. This was my introduction to Robbie Williams. I like the songs I knew. I did enjoy his use of vocabulary and the way he developed a lyric.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

This was played to death by mates during my Uni days. As far as 90s pop albums go, this is fine, consistent and well produced. Although the real talent of the album was co-writer/producer Guy Chambers.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Meh. Pop bangers, but not my thing. Good sing along tunes.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

There's a few really strong tracks like 'Old before I die' and 'Lazy Days', crowd pleasers like 'Let me entertain you' (which I quite like) and 'Angels' (which I hate). So a mixed bag overall but on the whole not bad.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

I liked this

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

It was so so

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

A bit soft pop rock in places.. But still some nicely written songs.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Reeks of “take me seriously now that I’m no longer a part of Take That”. Saying that, it’s actually a pretty good album. Still won’t take him seriously though.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Prime holiday advert music, primary school disco vibes, yesterday's was middle aged man music and today's is middle aged woman music, can't say I did have a particularly "jolly good time". Album was consistent so I'll give it that, also a nice balance of upbeat pop and sad ballads. (I appreciate that he's a good singer, but at times it did sound as if someone had his testicles in a vice)

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Fine. Not much to say about this except I assume it was big in England?

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

This is ok britpop. Trying to be Oasis without that level of talent. I also hear a little Elton John influence thrown in. Don't know why it deserves to be on this list. Nothing special about it

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Didn't mind it. Probably would not listen again but I like the hits.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Oasis but much better. Has a touch of pop punk.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

That was a pleasant album. 3.5*.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This is decent 90's brit pop. It's fun to listen to, but I'm not sure there's a song here to call out.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Very enjoyable, very unoriginal

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Fun poppy and occasionally alt rocky. Fine album.

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Solid 90's adult contemporary pop

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Ill never listen again but it was a'ight

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Tue Nov 01 2022
3

topical 90's UK pop hits

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Ok

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Fri Nov 25 2022
3

I played the heck out of this album when I was at school. Angels, Let Me Entertain You, and Old Before I Die are classic 90s singles and the rest is as you would expect for former boy band cheeky chappie britpop. It's dated now but still an unchallenging and enjoyable listen. Rating: 3/5 Playlist track: Angels Date listened: 24/11/22

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Sun Dec 04 2022
3

Ok. Wanted to dislike this but tbh its ok. It is, as they say, a bit "full of itself". The Oasis influence is clear. He comes across as a bit needy especially in the lyrics. Having said that there are some decent tunes and Angels is pretty timeless. Just take the 3 and piss off

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

Can't help but cringe at all Robbie, especially the percussion

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Very pop and a bit too much on the mainstream side of things. Muzac

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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

standard brit pop.. S'alright

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Fri Jul 02 2021
2

Not my kind of thing

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

Pas mon genre, je ne suis pas certain que je suis passé au travers.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Eh.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

A couple decent songs. Spotify wouldn't allow playback of half the record though.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Just generic English pop rock. "Angels" is familiar, haven't heard it in years. 5/10.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

I was never a fan of Brit pop. After listening to this I can confirm that I'm still not a fan.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
2

Went through a lot of trouble to find all the songs on this album on youtube and Spotify, and really wish I hadn't. Great voice and pretty bland everything else. It felt like it was a pop album written by a guy for the sole purpose of making him famous. I'm still not sure how I want to use my 1 rating. Like I hated this album but since it was some manufactured pop it musically wasn't completely unlistenable, so I feel like I've got to save it for when those albums come along. But yeah not a Robbie fan.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Let me entertain you vind ik een leuk nummer, verder vond ik het slappe hap.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Niet mijn ding.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Sub standard faux-Britpop waffle for the most part

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

Couple of decent tunes but very of its time.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

Not sure about this one. Angels and Let Me Entertain You are absolute classics😂 (maybe guilty pleasures) from my generation. BUT this rest of the album is pretty shite, standard nonsense pop. Maybe a 2/5? Seems harsh but there's only 2 good songs.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Formulaic and unremarkable. 'Let Me Entertain You' is a tune though.

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Fri May 07 2021
2

A pop singer ripping off Oasis. It sounds almost as bad as that description suggests. However, the songwriting is full of earworms, which is what made this such a successful pop album. Personally, I find "Angels" and "Old Before I Die" slightly irritating - but they are certainly memorable and instantly recognisable (at least to me as a British person who lived through the 1990s). So the album has to get some credit for being annoyingly catchy. 2/5.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
2

К Робби Уильямсу негатива не имею. Знал о нём годами до того, как узнал о существовании Робина Уильямса. По ящику его клип на трек Sin крутили. Я ещё предполагал, что у него сын родился, вот он и радуется. Даже то, что сольную карьеру он начал после участия в группе Take That, я тоже знал благодаря мобильной версии "Кто хочет стать миллионером?" Но альбом никакой, если честно. В плохом смысле попсовый, коммерческий, праздный звук. И при этом за пару прослушиваний ухо не выцепило ни одного трека, ни одного мотива. Заглавная композиция на это претендует, но всё равно звучит слишком genreric. Будто написана для вымышленного персонажа художественного фильма про восходящую поп-звезду. Конечно, слушабельно, даже негатива не вызывает. Хотя пустоту можно вполне расценивать за форму негатива в отношении произведений культуры. Поэтому даже не "норм".

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Let MEEeeee ENTERTAIN YOU!!!

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

A curiosity here, trying to work out whether he wants to be the lead singer in a band or a solo artist. The band bits work week. The singles are overblown.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Meh, Not my thing.

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

Ik vind het niet zo bijzonder en veel normale rock

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Un po' ero curioso e speravo di rimanere sorpreso: non a questo giro. Forse la cosa che mi ha sorpreso di più è la voce di Robbie che comunque non è male e c'ha i suoi momenti anche interpretativi. Il resto è un mazzo di canzoni palesemente modaiole che spunta un po' tutte le caselle per vendere (pure il punk rock commerciale alla Green Day). L'ho odiato un po' ma non tantissimo, e mediamente ho avuto l'impressione che si sia voluto comunque fare un po' più del minimo sindacale. I musicisti chiaramente so tutti bravi, il batterista fa pure un po' lo splendido su qualche pezzo, ma col budget che avrà avuto sto disco mi pare il minimo. Non mi sento di dare 1 per il fatto di aver percepito un minimo di sforzo, però per me è tipo un 1.5.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Sono partito con talmente tanto pregiudizio che alla fine la mia esperienza non è stata brutta come aspettavo. In generale, a volte la voce di Robbie mi ha infastidito (soprattutto quando fa la voce nasale graffiante, che un po' mi ricorda Liam), alcune canzoni non sarebbero male, ma le trovo denaturalizzate da arrangiamenti troppo pop e strumenti suonati in maniera super pulita. Avvolte, sembra tutto finto e sterile, spesso a discapito anche della voce di Robbie. Alla fine comunque, ripeto, non è stata un'esperienza pessima. 2

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

A fine style of music that is enjoyable enough but didn't really do anything for me. Wasn't able to find this specific album so had to listen to another of gis

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Thu Sep 16 2021
2

Sounds like something someone else is sentimental for

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

Like aldous snow but winier. FUCKING ROBBIE WILLIAMS

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Mon Nov 15 2021
2

5/10

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Tue Nov 16 2021
2

This isn't my cup of tea.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Not my cup of tea.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
2

First Listen (in a long time). I love the song Angels. A couple of the songs I remember from long ago but barely. I loved some of the later Robbie Williams albums, I don't know why I never got into this one. I need to hear it more to judge it properly. 2/5 for now.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
2

It was nice bland pop.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

Kinda tacky to me

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

I will sing unrelatable songs about being rich and famous as a form of therapy and you will listen and I will sell more records that will make me more rich and more famous but I’ll still be miserable so I’ll just keep making more of these and because it’s got a big expansive BritPop influenced sound and I contributed the odd lyric or two I’m now an artist allbeit one with a fairly grating and unsubtle voice lacking in nuance and subtlety (sing big!) and Angels will be played at countless funerals and weddings and montages for charity appeals and let me show you my Mick or Freddy tribute act on Let Me Entertain You (this will open every gig I ever do henceforth - easy!) and the money’s nice but not the fame but what choice do I have?

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Mon Jan 17 2022
2

Angel and Let Me Entertain You are iconic songs but the whole album is just a mediocre example of 90’s Brit pop. A lot of Robbie William songs are total misses.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Too poppy for me, Didn’t quite entertain me, So sorry Robbie. 3/10

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Very strong 2, while I like angels and entertain you, as a project I was a bit underwhelmed

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Killing Me Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: This is what I imagine Blur trying to do an adult contemporary album would sound like. So not for me it's crazy. 1.5 that I'll round up cus I think this is a target audience issue.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

We have arrived at yet another Brit Pop album from the 90s/00s that seems to have no other purpose on this list than the author's familiarity and affection for the genre. I always find these inclusions particularly galling because I've encountered so many incredible lesser-known albums through this list, yet I'm also being forced to listen to innocuous bullshit like this. It's not bad, but it's certainly not ground-breaking, genre-defining, finely-crafted, or, for that matter, enjoyable to listen to. But at least I know that Robbie Williams is loving angels instead now. I can't think where my life would be without that bit of eternal wisdom, whatever the fuck it means 2/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

Not a wordsmith. Harmless and unmemorable. Couple decent pop songs (Angels and Let Me Entertain You), but the rest is nothing. 2.5/5.

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