Rob­bie serves up tasty left­overs

Herald Sun - Hit - - MUSIC - with CAMERON ADAMS

You prob­a­bly never knew you needed to hear Rob­bie Wil­liams do­ing a cover of Dolly Par­ton’s 9 to 5, un­til now.

It’s the only re­make on this sec­ond vol­ume of un­re­leased ma­te­rial that was tak­ing up space on Wil­liams’ hard drive.

Mu­si­cians write way more songs than can fit on an al­bum. Most are never heard. Some­times for good rea­son.

Wil­liams wran­gled the best of his left­overs for a fan clubonly re­lease in 2014, now here’s the se­quel — avail­able from his web­site or on stream­ing ser­vices.

Wil­liams is pro­lific and has an ADD ap­proach to gen­res.

Satel­lites (writ­ten with Stuart Price) is the Killers meets Joy Di­vi­sion — deep bass, high pop thrills. It’s much bet­ter than

Party Like a Rus­sian, the lead sin­gle to Wil­liams’ last al­bum.

Wil­liams’ Melbourne song­writ­ing bud­dies Flynn Fran­cis and Tim Met­calfe get sev­eral tracks on this al­bum, in­clud­ing the Beat­lesque Ms

Pep­per and Run it Wild, with an ur­gent ’80s new wave vibe. Both songs were recorded in Syd­ney dur­ing an Aus­tralian tour. Bambi is Rock DJ meets the

Stones’ Sym­pa­thy for the Devil; Speak­ing Tongues sounds like vin­tage Happy Mon­days (com­plete with chem­i­cal ref­er­ences); while Eyes on the High­way features the lyric “I just wanna be John Tra­volta to Olivia Newton-John”.

Go Men­tal features brass funk, rap­per Big Narstie and a Shirley Bassey sounda­like. And some­how it works.

Numb is qual­ity grown-up pop that would slip eas­ily on to any Wil­liams al­bum, while

Andy Warhol would have prob­a­bly fit­ted on Rude­box.

Weak­ness is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Take That band­mate Gary Barlow, slip­ping ef­fort­lessly into coun­try mode, while there’s a new swing num­ber ti­tled, of course, Booty Call.

VERDICT Here’s some Rob­bie pre­pared ear­lier

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