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Reality Killed The Video Star

Released on 09 November 2009

Artist: Robbie Williams

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  1. Morning Sun
  2. Bodies
  3. You Know Me
  4. Blasphemy
  5. Do You Mind?
  6. Last Days Of Disco
  7. Somewhere
  8. Deceptacon
  9. Starstruck
  10. Difficult For Weirdos
  11. Superblind
  12. Won't Do That
  13. Morning Sun (Reprise)


  • Up-tempo, glitzy and bursting with perfect pop moments, Reality Killed The Radio Star is the hugely anticipated new long-player from Robbie Williams. After leaving Take That in 1995, the cheeky frontman has enjoyed a succession of bestselling albums, ranging from his power-pop debut, 'Life Through A Lens', to the sophisticated jazz of 'Swing When You're Winning'. Three years after his last studio outing, Williams is back with his most eclectic and accessible album to date, Reality Killed The Radio Star.

    Rumoured to be inspired by the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, 'Morning Sun' opens the album on a touchingly beautiful note. Written with Don Black (James Bond lyricist), the piano ballad, backed by heavy strings, is a stark reminder of Williams' emotional power. However, any suggestions that this would be a downbeat record are dismissed by the exuberant techno funk of 'Bodies'. With all the hallmarks of a classic Robbie Williams hit, 'Bodies' is yet another exquisite single from the master of 3-minute wonders. With acclaimed producer Trevor Horn - whose band The Buggles wrote 'Video Killed The Radio Star', which inspired the title for this album - behind the desk, the production of Reality Killed The Radio Star is noticeably strong throughout, in particular with the bold arrangements on shimmering ballad 'Won't Do That' and the perfect mid-tempo pop of 'You Know Me'. Elsewhere there are continuous reminders that Williams is back to his fiery, chart-dominating best with disco-influenced floor fillers 'Difficult For Weirdos' and the aptly titled 'Last Days Of Disco', whilst his trademark seaside postcard humour makes a welcome appearance on the glam-infused 'Do You Mind?'. The album's highlight comes in the shape of a stripped-down number. With just piano, oboe and strings, 'Blasphemy' was the last song co-written with long-term collaborator Guy Chambers and it's a glorious chamber pop inclusion to an album littered with magnificent moments.

    There is no question that collaborating with Trevor Horn has aided Robbie Williams in his bid to return to the top of his creative game, but the confidence displayed in the often mind-blowing Reality Killed The Radio Star is unquestionably from a Robbie in his pomp. Across 13 sterling, chorus-filled tracks, Williams hits the peak of his powers on a regular basis. As the man himself explains in the brilliant 'Last Days Of Disco', "don't call it a comeback" - we certainly won't, for the eighth album from Stoke-on-Trent's finest export confirms he's never really been away.

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 Roundhouse = Music Powerhouse

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Robbie is back with a bang! Love him or hate him you cannot knock the guy having heard this new material at the BBC Electric Proms this album promises to be amongst his best. The only fault with this is, he has not included his epic rendition of Video Killed The Radio Star (Bonus Material Please.) Welcome back Robbie!!

 What a fab album!

| | See all costalover's reviews (1)

This is such a wonderful album - different, softer, more mature than his other albums but a real treasure to listen to. Thank God hes back!!

 reality didn't kill the king of pop

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after rudebox, we feared abit for the career of robbie williams. no doubt that he is back with an absolute bang with a great album. i love every single track, a definite must buy.

 Robbie Williams - Reality Killed The Video Star

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This is Robbie at his best, I love it. There is nothing to dislike about this CD all the tracks get into your soul.

 The King Of Pop is back

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WOW! What a brilliant album this is. After 3 years away, the best selling artist of the decade returns with his 8th studio album, and it is easily up there as one of his finest. There is not a single bad track on here. It is the perfect mix of old Robbie and experimental Robbie. There are lots of fantastic ballads delivered in only the way the Robster can. Opening number Morning Sun is simply fantastic - has a great Sgt Pepper sound to it. The massive global smash hit 'Bodies' is a soaring anthem that just gets better with each listen. Second single 'You Know Me' is orchastra pop at its best. A brilliant pop tune - very addictive and catchy. Then comes Blasphemy, which is simply beautiful. The last Williams/Chambers penned tune. It has some brilliant lyrics from Robbie, and his voice sounds amazing on it. Do You Mind is classic rockin Robbie, whilst 'Last Days Of Disco sees Rob return to the electro sound of his Rudebox album. But dont be put off, this track is simply brilliant and easily one of the highlights of the album. The short but great Somewhere leads perfectly into the Bowie-influence 'Deceptecon' which is just wonderful in so many ways. 'Starstruck' sounds like a mix between Fastlove by George Michael and Robbie's own 'Lovelight'. Very catchy and could well be the 3rd single. Difficult For Weirdo's sees him revert back to the Pet Shop Boys influenced electro sound once again, and works very well. The comes 'Superblind', easily in the top 3 songs on the album. This stars off slow and builds up with soaring guitar riffs with Robbie proclaiming "Im the genius behind me". Just when you thought it cant get much better, the anthemic 'Wont Do That' appears accompanied with a great guitar solo..

This is a truly fantastic album, and any fan of sosphisticated orchestral pop music should own it. The legend that is Trevor Horn does an excellent job producing this. It deserves to be a massive hit. If you have any sence you will buy it now!

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