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Intensive Care

Tracklist

Ghosts
Tripping
Make Me Pure
Spread Your Wings
Advertising Space
Please Don't Die
Your Gay Friend
Sin Sin Sin
Random Acts of Kindness
The Trouble With Me
A Place to Crash
King of Bloke and Bird

Recorded in Robbie Williams' bedroom high in the Hollywood Hills, Intensive Care was co-written with Stephen Duffy over the course of 24 months.

"Lyrically, this is the best album I've written," Robbie says, "although I do say that before every album comes out. But I think I mean it this time. Anyway, I'm very pleased with it, and very pleased with the way it worked out with Stephen (Duffy). It's given me a whole new perspective on the future as well."

Ultimately, says Robbie, the album is inspired , at least in part, by the Human League's classic 1984 single Louise, about a man who sees his former girlfriend at a bus stop and realised that he still has strong feelings for her. "It's one of my all-time favourite tracks," he says, "and I liked the idea of writing from Louise's point of view. And so several tracks on the album, things like Ghosts and Spread Your Wings in particular, run along similar themes, about ex-lovers who still yearn for one another. There's a lot of pining on this record, I think."

Intensive Care is richly melancholic and steeped in nostalgia. While recording it, Robbie would revisit the key songs of his youth - everything from Oran Juice Jones' The Rain to Prefab Sprout's When Love Breaks Down. "When I think about school and hear some of the songs from the 80s, it breaks my heart, it really does," he says. "But I think I might have finally purged myself of that, it might finally be out of my system, which is probably a good thing. But it's definitely been an influence in the making of this album. I wanted to write the kind of songs that could break somebody else's heart in 15, 20 years, and give them the same sense of nostalgia as my favourite songs gave me."

Reviews

'Lock up your daughters-Robbie Williams is back with another hit-charged album. Covering all bases from heartache to hedonism, Intensive Care could be the cheeky king of pop's best album yet.'
Sunday Express, October 2005

'Williams and co-writer Stephen Duffy have crafted a beautifully-turned pop/rock album with a personality of its own. It sounds like a smart move.'
Sunday Express, October 2005

'With 21 Top 10 singles and 6 number one albums under his belt, Robbie decided to throw the rulebook out of the window on his new album. as well as the reggae-style first single Tripping, there's also Make Me Pure, which doesn't have a chorus - just seven verses. The album's still a corker, though, with lots of varied influences.'
Closer, October 2005