Album review

Robin Gibb - Magnet

Full marks to the man for trying. Robin, always the most inquisitive of the brothers, has ventured here into contemporary R&B. And it so nearly works. Hearing that trademark quaver negotiate the beat minefields of tracks like "Wait Forever" and "No Doubt"—in the latter he even intends to "get my freak on"—what's striking is how similar he sounds to Craig David. "Don't Rush" is the obligatory Vocoder track. One of his oldies, "Another Lonely Night In New York", is updated and Orbison's "Love Hurts" recast In The Modern Style. Sadly, though, the songs don't match the ambition. Pity.

Rating: 2 / 10


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