Robbie serves up tasty leftovers
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