Intensive Care

Intensive Care

by Robbie Williams


Despite his constant self-deprecation, Robbie Williams is a shrewd artist, one who can tell when a change is in order. It's impossible to tell if he would have agreed to continue working with producer Guy Chambers had Chambers not been forced out of the chair by money matters, but Williams lost little time in finding another creative partner. Stephen Duffy may not be as fluent in the last 40 years of guitar pop as Chambers is, but he immediately announces a changing of the guard on the first track, "Ghosts," with his ringing guitar and keyboards. And it works, briefly. The trailer single, "Tripping," is a warm, clubby single that slightly resembles "Rock DJ," but sounds like it could find a comfortable home on both adult alternative radio and the dancefloor. Williams goes for the jugular on "Spread Your Wings," an ambitious portrait of a lover's reunion (based, he says, on an alternate view of Human League's "Louise"). His lyrics, however, only sketch in the details, and Duffy's arrangement is a pale shadow of a Smiths song from 20 years earlier. It's possible that the partnership of Duffy and Williams can still bear fruit, but it will require not only better music from Duffy but far better performances from Williams. He rarely even sounds like himself, instead choosing to channel his '80s heroes -- Bono, Morrissey, George Michael, even Tom Jones briefly. It's important to point out that since Intensive Care represents a new direction and a new sound, it is much more interesting than the creatively bankrupt Escapology.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/01/2005
Label: Emi Europe Generic
UPC: 0094634182324
catalogNumber: 341823
Rank: 120299

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Korg,Epiphone Casino,Fender Jazz Bass,Fender Stratocaster
Stephen Duffy   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Percussion,Autoharp,Glockenspiel,Keyboards,Sitar,Tambourine,Melodica,Korg,Shaker,Dilruba,Hi String,Juno,Epiphone Casino,Fender Stratocaster,Glass
Maxi Anderson   Choir, Chorus
Maxton G. Beesley   Percussion,Vibes
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Dave Bishop   Saxophone
Denyse Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Choir Conductor
Matt Chamberlain   Percussion,Drums
Larry Corbett   Celli
Randy Crenshaw   Choir, Chorus
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Buddy Judge   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Epiphone
Roland Kato   Viola
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,12-string Guitar,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Jerry Meehan   Bass Guitar
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
John Paterno   Guitar,Bass Guitar
J. Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Carmen Twillie   Choir, Chorus
Josefina Vergara   Violin
Maxine Willard Waters   Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
Wil Wheaton   Choir, Chorus
Evan Wilson   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Terry Wood   Choir, Chorus
Waddy Wachtel   Guitar,Fender Telecaster
David Farragher   Bass Guitar
Jebin Bruni   chamberlain,Arp Strings,Prophet 5,Roland Synthesizer
Suzie Katayama   Celli
Cleto Escobedo   Baritone Saxophone
Jeff Babko   Trombone
Julia Tillman   Choir, Chorus
Melvin Duffy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Claire Worrall   Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Hammond Organ,Background Vocals,Mellotron,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Gary Nuttall   Guitar,Background Vocals,Fender Stratocaster
Michelle Richards   Violin
Dan Tobin Smith   Celli
Matthew Funes   Viola
Sarah Parkins   Violin
Judith Hill   Choir, Chorus
Neil Sidwell   Trombone
Neil Taylor   Guitar

Technical Credits

Stephen Duffy   Composer,Engineer
David Campbell   String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement,String Conductor
Tony Phillips   Engineer
Allen Sides   Engineer
Robbie Williams   Composer,Producer
Andy Strange   Engineer
Hamish Brown   Cover Photo
Pablo Munguia   Engineer
Danny Porter   Engineer
R. Williams   Audio Production
Adam Noble   Engineer
C.S. Heath   Composer
Grant Morrison   Artwork,Concept
Frank Quitely   Artwork,Concept
S. Duffy   Audio Production

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Intensive Care 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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well, next to The greatest hits this is a good cd, by robbie, your gay friend has a really good catchy chorus,i say that should be it next single, it's good all the other songs are good this cd deserves a 5 star and should be released here in the U.S. but would this cd put Robbie in the US pop chart?
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