Reality Killed the Video Star. Redirected from Reality Killed The Video Star). Reality Killed the Video Star is the eighth solo studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, released in November 2009. The album was produced by Trevor Horn and recorded between September 2008 and August 2009 in London and Los Angeles.
Mixed at Sarm Studios (London).
You Know Me" is the second official single from British singer-songwriter Robbie Williams' eighth studio album Reality Killed the Video Star. The song was released on 4 December 2009. It is based on an original song "Voilà" written by French artist Françoise Hardy. Williams performed the song during his BBC Electric Proms concert on 20 October 2009. Ken Bruce premiered the song on BBC Radio 2 during his show.
Robbie Williams' Rudebox was one of the most enjoyable records of his career, but it wasn't a commercial success. Its follow-up, Reality Killed the Video Star, attempts to right the ship, and as such, it becomes everything its predecessor was not. Recorded with a single producer, the estimable Trevor Horn, but encompassing songs and sessions with a variety of writing partners (Guy Chambers and Soul Mekanik, among others), the songs sound rushed and the performances lackluster.
A chastened, sentimental Williams has largely replaced the Robbie rampant of "Let Me Entertain You". The album's strange heart, "Deceptacon", casts him as a little spaceboy lost, watching the skies; "Superblind" considers his legacy timorously. The romance in these songs is tentative; the love on the point of flight. This is no emphatic return to form for pop's cockiest kidult. It is far more interesting. With unexpected poignancy, Reality Killed the Video Star almost makes you feel for Williams: pop star as endangered species.
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