Let him en­ter­tain you once more

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cred­its along­side Rob­bie’s old pal Guy Cham­bers. Still, not all of his col­lab­o­ra­tions are suc­cess­ful.

Wain­wright may seem like an odd match for Wil­liams, but his turn on the louche, old-time swing­ing glam of Ho­tel Crazy is both classy and su­perb. On the other hand, the Ed Sheer­an­penned Pretty Wo­man is lack­lus­tre, by-the-num­bers pop, while Mixed Sig­nals sounds like a Killers cast-off (prob­a­bly be­cause it was).

In the mean­time, Wil­liams pokes fun at the cheeky-chappy bravado he’s famed for on the scene-set­ting ti­tle track, with lines such as “Good evening, chil­dren of cul­tural aban­don/ You searched for a saviour, well here I am”. Sim­i­larly, his new role as a fa­ther has ap­par­ently al­tered his per­cep­tion of life as he ex­hibits a sweeter, softer side on the odes to his chil­dren, Love My Life and the rocky, rous­ing, tongue-in-cheek Motherf*cker, on which he and their mother “pray our weak­ness makes you strong”.

There are some swoon­some bal­lads ( David’s Song), a Ge­orge Michael-es­que funky dance stom­per ( Sen­si­tive) and above all else, an abun­dance of en­ergy in the mix that sug­gests that Wil­liams has been rein­vig­o­rated. It’s not heavy, but it’s mostly quite en­ter­tain­ing. rob­biewil­liams.com

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