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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