Mixed bag from the leading man of manic MOR

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Robbie Williams – Greatest Hits

Following their immense investment, and the failure of Escapology to make headway in the US, you have to wonder what EMI made of comeback single “Radio”. Bleeping perversely like a Thomas Dolby idea of electroclash, bemoaning the guy who’s “stolen my Oscars”, it seemed to mock the very idea of Williams’ international prospects. New songwriting partner Stephen Duffy may yet prove to be the foil Williams’ anxious intelligence needs (Christmas ballad “Misunderstood” has a lovely horn arrangement, but little in the way of hooks), but this compilation too often shows Williams perched uncomfortably between fag-end Britpop panto and the new Parkypop easy listening.