Robbie Williams, 'Reality Killed the Video Star' (Virgin)

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by Mikael Wood

Robbie Williams insists in "Bodies" that "All we've ever wanted is to look good naked," which is a very Robbie Williams thing to insist. Truth be told, though, this A-list Englishman desires more -- namely, the American breakthrough that's eluded him since "Angels" threatened to build a following here in 1999. To that end, the typically droll Video Star includes a cowbell-enhanced rave-up ("Do You Mind"), a bit of Lady Gaga–ish electro-pop ("Last Days of Disco"), and one track named after Transformers ("Deceptacon"). It's a charm offensive with stars and stripes.

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