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Robbie Williams: 'You Know Me'

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Released on Monday, Dec 7 2009

Those elements of the media who enjoy extinguishing a popstar's bonfire with their own urine are taking delight in reporting that Robbie's bid for a comeback No.1 has yet again been thwarted by an X Factor act. However, let's take this opportunity to get things into perspective. 'Bodies' is his biggest crowd-pleaser since 'Feel', his Reality album's just shifted 240,000 copies in a week, and there's even an air of warm 'n' fuzziness between him and Gazza Barlow right now. From where we're sitting, Robbie's not doing half bad.

Now comes 'You Know Me', a single whose very title seems to be cosying up to all those fans he's neglected in recent years - just the sort of fans who are likely to enjoy this tune. Borrowing sufficiently from Francoise Hardy's 'Voila' to earn the chanteuse a co-writing credit, it's a classic Robbie ballad with lashings of strings, "shoo-ba-ba" backing vocals and a lovely, timeless-sounding chorus melody. There's even an acknowledgement that the boy's realised the error of his ways: "I've been doing what I like when I like how I like – it's joyless." The UFOs' loss is our gain.


> Click here to read our review of Robbie Williams's new album

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