In and Out of Consciousness
“I saw you standing at the gates / when Marlon Brando passed away / you had that look upon your face / advertising space” sang Robbie Williams on the stunning ‘Advertising Space’. The specificity is surprising, the stillness of the image is unsettling and the skewed sense of assonance and rhyme is really quite haunting.
This confuses me as half the tracks on this new compilation are utter bollocks, lacklustre platitudes dangling by uninspiring melodies with a massive dick in between them named Robbie Williams.
In the new songs we finally get a glimpse of this man – disconnected, out of sync and unafraid to let himself look a bit ridiculous. But there’s a gap between this glimpse and the record as a whole: maybe that very numbing effect of celebrity saturation that left him at those gates, when Marlon Brando passed away.