Rudebox (Album version)
Viva Life On Mars
Bongo Bong and Je Ne T'aime Plus
Never Touch That Switch
We're The Pet Shop Boys
A highly anticipated album since the press first caught wind of it, Rudebox saw Robbie collaborating with an array of musical mavericks, including his heroes the Pet Shop Boys, king of ambient William Orbit, fellow Stoke natives Danny Spencer amd Kelvin Andrews ( aka Soul Mekanik), disco-house icon Joey Negro and NYC-based DJ and producer Mark Ronson.
The 16 tracks are a collection of both new and original compositions, teamed with covers of some of his favourite tracks by artists such as Manu Chao, the Human League, My Robot Friend, Lewis Taylor and old friend Stephen Duffy.
"They might say its 'dance' or it's 'electro', but it's just what I like! It started off as a busman's holiday this time around, but it's become something on which I've found myself. I was just doing my YTS up till now," said Robbie about Rudebox.
"It has become something on which I've found myself. This is the right direction for me personally, this is what it is. I saw the whole Robbie thing coming to a close as it was, I couldn't make another album like the ones I'd made, and this has just opened up a thousand other doors. What I am excited about now is making more music. I love all the stuff on the album, I love Rudebox, it's a favourite song of mine. I don't know what's gonna happen now, I'm excited about getting it out there, but I'm more excited about making more."
'It is a brave artist who steps our of their comfort zone and attempts to do something truly new, so credit is due to Robbie Williams for being different... he has brought in a large team to produce a bonkers, witty, occasionally self-indulgent but hugely likeable record.'
Music Week, 11 October 2006
'Rudebox is another flick of Vs to all those who doubt the substance behind Robbie Williams' incorrigible irrepressibility. Camper than Spanish footwear, it acts as a golden showcase for the glory of millennial pop. In another time, we'd have feted Williams as an Ian Dury figure. With this sloppy, happy, ingenious record, maybe it's time we did.'
Mojo, November 2006
'Williams' blossoming facility as a wordsmith repeatedly takes the breath away. Coming from anyone else, the amounts of autobiography Williams insists on sharing would have long become tedious, and you fear the worst when you see that the penultimate two songs on here are called The 80s and The 90s. But, for an album made so casually, the attention to detail stops you in your tracks...'
The Times, 13 October 2006
‘Rudebox’ is the best thing he’s ever put his name to... [it] is not ‘Robbie Williams the serious artiste’, but it is an amazing pop album'
NME, 23 October 2006