The star's songwriting partner says the highlight of his new LP is a ballad...
Robbie Williams‘ new songwriting partner has claimed that despite rumours of a radical new direction, the highlight of the star’s forthcoming album is a ballad, nme.com can reveal.
Kelvin Andrews, who co-wrote three tracks with the star and his longtime writing partner Guy Chambers, told nme.com that the pick of what he had heard had a working title of ‘Better Man’.
“It’s as good, if not better, than ‘Angels’“, he revealed, “It’s a great big ballad.”
Andrews is partially responsible for the mooted new dance element to Williams material.
He co-wrote forthcoming single ‘Rock, DJ’, formerly called I Don’t Wanna Rock, DJ’, due for release through EMI on July 31, as well as album tracks which he said had the titles ‘Knutsford City Limits’ and ‘This Is Love Calling Earth’. However, Robbie’s spokesperson said that the titles weren’t exactly correct, though she declined to divulge exactly what the correct titles are.
nme.com can reveal that ‘Rock, DJ’ is a catchy, rocky, dancey pop number with a beat reminiscent of ‘Relax’ by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It’s being debuted tomorrow morning (Friday June 30) on Sara Cox’s Radio One Breakfast Show – and we’ll be bringing you a full report on your reactions.
Stoke-based producer Andrews has known Williams for a number of years but it is only now that they have worked together.
Asked whether he thought Williams would step away from ballads and use him again, Andrews said: “Rob did say he thought it was an ongoing thing.”
Speculation has been mounting for a number of months that Williams‘ influences have become more guitar-based after he was spotted at London gigs by Filter, Nine Inch Nails and Dark Star in recent weeks, as well as a showcase of stoner rock outfits High On Fire and Alabama Thunderpussy.
In other Robbie Williams news, NME photographer Hamish Brown is to exhibit his selection of over 100 photographs of Williams, taken over the last two years. The exhibition will be at the Rossi Gallery in London from September 14, and the pictures will published as a book around the same time.
Brown initially went on tour with Williams as a live photographer on some of his first shows in September ’97, and in the years that followed was given exclusive access. The pictures on display will include early backstage tour shots, the video shoot for ‘Angels’ and his performance of ‘Let Me Entertain You’ on BBC1‘s Top Of The Pops.