ROB­BIE WIL­LIAMS

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“Don’t call it a come­back,” quips Rob­bie, in one of many jokey self-ref­er­enc­ing lines on his come­back al­bum. Af­ter three years in the wilder­ness, Wil­liams wants to get right back to the hub of things, and he’s tak­ing no chances with the mu­sic, stick­ing to the bloke-pop blue­print he per­fected with his erst­while song­writ­ing part­ner in Guy Cham­bers. Cham­bers is back help­ing put a fa­mil­iar sheen on some of the songs, and pro­duc­tion wizard Trevor Horn is in to sprin­kle some 1980s an­gel dust into the mix.

Morn­ing Sun out­does even Oa­sis for bla­tant Bea­tle-bur­gling, while Last

Days of Disco seems more a lament for the days when Rob­bie was liv­ing it large. Wil­liams had a dose of re­al­ity when Alexan­dra Burke kept his medi­ocre sin­gle, Bodies, off the No 1 slot. This record will do well among fans nos­tal­gic for their pre-down­turn party life, but Rob­bie sounds like a relic from the turn of the cen­tury, a mil­len­nium sou­venir that’s lost its nov­elty value. www.rob­biewil­liams.com

KEVIN COURT­NEY

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