Reality Killed the Video Star On his first release since 2006's electro experiment Rudebox , Britpop's cheekiest court jester has suddenly turned into Mr. Sincerity. The recently rehabbed singer-songwriter largely… Reality Killed the Video Star On his first release since 2006's electro experiment Rudebox , Britpop's cheekiest court jester has suddenly turned into Mr. Sincerity. The recently rehabbed singer-songwriter largely… 2009-11-09 Robbie Williams Pop
Music Review

Reality Killed the Video Star (2009)

EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 09, 2009; Lead Performance: Robbie Williams; Genre: Pop

On his first release since 2006's electro experiment Rudebox, Britpop's cheekiest court jester has suddenly turned into Mr. Sincerity. The recently rehabbed singer-songwriter largely eschews his typical lyrical snarkiness and cleverly ironic covers, and replaces them with sober studies of sex, love, and fame. While Reality Killed the Video Star contains fewer knockout potential hits than past efforts, it does boast the two strongest soul-flecked tracks of Williams' career: the affecting ''You Know Me'' and the key-shifting ''Won't Do That.'' The guy simply sounds fantastic with a horn section. B+

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Originally posted Nov 13, 2009 Published in issue #1076 Nov 20, 2009 Order article reprints