Album Review                   :               UNDER THE RADAR VOLUME I

Artist                                     :               ROBBIE WILLIAMS

Genre                                   :               POP / ROCK

Date of Released             :               2014

Robbie Williams is probably one of the most underrated artists in terms of appreciation in the US.  Around the globe, he is a force to reckon with, especially in Europe.  This leads some people to ask why this is so? There are probably some reasons like his songs are not extraordinary to merit attention among American listeners.  Another reason could be attributed that many of his songs are too Euro-pop for listeners around 50 states to indulge with.

In this record, Robbie Williams tried to shy away from Euro-pop and presented songs that might attract attention from more listeners.  However, the first song is an indication that he didn’t achieved what he wanted to actualize.  “Bully” is a song that sounds like Lou Reed had done decades ago, and this is quite a “duh” moment among current crop of listeners who prefer pop music instead of mature songs.  “Raver” is anti-radio so it would take a miracle to have this song played on air and allow listeners to hear the words
“We’re the s**t that’s on the radio.”

What started out as a good intro song with “Bully,” Robbie Williams has stopped somehow being creative in the song “The Edge.”  It sounds like the intro song.  “Climb On” is a song that is intended to be anthemic for people who want to move on but don’t know how.  The anthemic sound lasted only several seconds and it is a downhill afterwards; the song sounds like a rehash of his old songs during the nineties.  Now, what he failed to achieved with “Climb On” was realized with the song “Surrender.”  How can you not like the song when it has the following lyrics; So when they’ll send the symphony, It will be written just for me, The most joyest melody.”

“Love is You” is what you have when you have lazy moments.  While the lyrics are good, the whole production aspect of the song is quite wanting.  It seems that the musical background do not complement the mood the song intends to impart with the listeners.  “The Cure” is a throwback to the eighties song however, the song has similarity in terms of structure with his early hit called “Rock DJ.”  But, if you are an 80’s fanatic, you think that this song is performed by Pet Shop Boys.  “The Pilot” sounds promising at first until you get into the middle of the song and you have a tired song about taking control in a relationship.

“The Brit” is the kind of song where North American listeners will not listen to even if you change the title to “The Americans.”  It is hard to swallow Robbie Williams doing some rap in a song and the same time, the song is quite sullen for a song dedicated to a certain group people.  “National Treasure and Greenlight” are another filler songs which the album could do fine without its inclusion.  “Super Tony” can be considered as an experimental song for those who are not familiar with Robbie Williams work.  The truth is that he has done this kind of song structure in his previous albums.

This is basically a Robbie Williams album that will not attract more North American listeners.  Yes, there is a tendency for this singer to give what he feels he likes instead of what listeners want to listen to.  If only for this motivation, I say that this is quite an album thus, I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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