Intensive Care (album)

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Intensive Care
Studio album by Robbie Williams
Released 24 October 2005 (UK)
Recorded 2003–2005 in Los Angeles
Genre Pop, pop rock, adult contemporary
Length 53:02
Label Chrysalis / EMI
Producer Robbie Williams, Stephen Duffy
Robbie Williams chronology
Escapology
(2002)
Intensive Care
(2005)
Rudebox
(2006)
Singles from Intensive Care
  1. "Tripping"
    Released: 3 October 2005
  2. "Make Me Pure"
    Released: 14 November 2005
  3. "Advertising Space"
    Released: 12 December 2005
  4. "Sin Sin Sin"
    Released: 22 May 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (positive)[2]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
MusicOMH (positive)[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[7]

Intensive Care is sixth studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, released on 24 October 2005 in the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

After touring Latin America in late 2004 for the promotion of his Greatest Hits album, Williams started working on what would become his sixth studio album. Recorded in his bedroom in the Hollywood Hills, the album was co-written by Stephen Duffy over the course of 24 months.[8] The album was launched in Berlin, Germany on 9 October 2005. It was not shown on television, but broadcast to various locations around the world in cinemas and theatres, in a high-definition "cine-cast". It was shown on Saturday 22 October 2005 on Channel 4.[9]

Success[edit]

When Intensive Care was released in October 2005, it became a smash hit around the world, hitting number-one in the United Kingdom, selling 373,832 copies in its first week,[10] as well as topping charts in twenty other counties including Argentina, Australia, Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, New Zealand and many other countries. Following the success of the album, Williams won the MTV Europe Music Award for 'Best Male', and also entered The Guinness Book of World Records for selling 1.6 million tickets in a single day for his 2006 world tour.[11] The album became the best selling album in Europe by the end of 2005, with sales of over four million copies.[12] However, it only managed to become the third best selling album in the United Kingdom that year. Williams kicked off his Close Encounters World Tour in South Africa in April 2006 in promotion of the album. More than 2.5 million attended the early stages of the tour, with nearly three million having been reported to have seen one or more shows.[13] In January 2007, it was revealed Intensive Care had sold over 5 million copies in Europe, and as such, was certified 5× Platinum by the IFPI.[14] It was also certified 5× Platinum in the United Kingdom around the same time.[15] In Mexico, the album was certified platinum shortly after its release, for shipping 150,000 copies of the physical album, and in December 2008 the album was certified 2× diamond for pre-loaded digital sales of 1,000,000 copies.[16] By shipping 1,100,000 copies and reaching 11× gold,[17] Intensive Care became the eighth best-selling album of the decade in Germany.[citation needed] It also became Williams' fifth album to reach a position in the top twenty of the best-selling album of the decade, with Swing When You're Winning, Escapology, Live at Knebworth and Greatest Hits also earning places. According to EMI, the album has sold 6.2 million copies worldwide.[18]

Singles[edit]

  • "Tripping" was released as the album's lead single on 3 October 2005, becoming an international success, topping the charts in Germany, The Netherlands, Taiwan, Argentina and Mexico. In the United Kingdom, it was released as a double A-side with "Make Me Pure", however, "Make Me Pure" was also released separately in Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
  • "Advertising Space" was released as the album's second single in December 2005, becoming another international hit, reaching the top ten in Europe, Australasia and Latin America.
  • "Sin Sin Sin" was released as the album's third and final single in the summer of 2006. It was the first song Williams and Stephen Duffy co-wrote together.[19] The video was shot in Cape Town, South Africa just days before the start of Williams' tour there. It became Williams' first single to miss the UK Top 20, charting at number twenty-two, however, it performed much better internationally, hitting the top ten in Europe and Latin America.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robbie Williams and Stephen Duffy, except "Make Me Pure" and "Sin Sin Sin" by Williams, Duffy and Chris Heath

No. Title Length
1. "Ghosts"   3:42
2. "Tripping"   4:36
3. "Make Me Pure"   4:33
4. "Spread Your Wings"   3:50
5. "Advertising Space"   4:37
6. "Please Don't Die"   4:47
7. "Your Gay Friend"   3:21
8. "Sin Sin Sin"   4:09
9. "Random Acts of Kindness"   4:15
10. "The Trouble with Me"   4:20
11. "A Place to Crash"   4:34
12. "King of Bloke and Bird"   3:50
13. "King of Bloke and Bird (Reprise)" (Hidden Track) 2:23

Musicians[edit]

  • Robbie Williams: Lead vocals, backing vocals, guitar, bass guitar, Epiphone Casino, synthesizer
  • Stephen Duffy: Guitar, keyboards, Nord Lead, wine glass, sitar, harp, sequencers, shakers, dilruba, harmonica
  • Claire Worrall: Backing vocals, (track 11) piano, mellotron, Hammond B3, helicopter
  • Melvin Duffy: Pedal steel guitar (track 11)
  • Neil Taylor: Guitar (track 11)
  • Greg Leiz: Guitar
  • Justin Duarte: Acoustic guitar
  • Jerry Meehan: Bass guitar, fender precision (track 11)
  • Matt Chamberlain: drums, percussion (track 11)
  • Kate Kisson: Backing vocals
  • Tessa Niles: Backing vocals
  • Jeff Babko: Trombone (track 11)
  • Cleto Escobedo: Baritone saxophone (track 11)
  • Waddy Wachtel: Guitar (track 11)
  • Jebin Bruni: Synthesizer
  • Davey Farragher: Bass guitar, Fender Precision
  • John Paterno: Guitar
  • Buddy Judge: Guitar
  • Max Beesley: Percussion, vibes
  • Gary Nuttall: Backing vocals (track 11)
  • Carlton E. Anderson: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Maxi Anderson: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Randy Crenshaw: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Judith Hill: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Julia Tillman: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Carmen Twillie: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Oren Waters: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Maxine Waters Willard: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Will Wheaton Jnr: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Terry Wood: Choir (tracks 3 and 11)
  • Charlie Bisharat: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Mario De Leon: Violins (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
  • Armen Garabedian: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 10 and 12)
  • Berj Garabedian: Violins (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
  • Alan Grunfeld: Violins (tracks 1, 3 and 5)
  • Sara Pakins: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Michelle Richards: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Sarah thornblade: Violins (tracks 1, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
  • Josefina Vergara: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • John Wittenburg: Violins (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Denyse Buffum Violas (tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 12)
  • Matt Funes: Cello
  • Roland Kato: Cello
  • Evan Wilson: Cello
  • Larry Corbett: Cello
  • Suzie Katayama: Cello
  • Dan Smith: Cello

Credits[edit]

  • Album produced by Stephen Duffy and Robbie Williams
  • Original production by Andy Strange
  • Mixed by Bob Clearmountain at Mix This
  • Engineered by John Paterno, Andy Strange, Stephen Duffy Pablo Munguia, Tony Phillips, Adam Noble and Dan Porter
  • Strings arranged and conducted by David Campbell
  • Strings engineered by Alan Sides at NRG
  • Mastering by Tony Cousins at Metropolis Studios, London
  • A&R: Chris Briggs
  • Photography: Hamish Brown
  • Design and artwork: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  • Art coordination by Tom Hingston Studio

Certifications, peaks and sales[edit]

End-of-decade charts[edit]

2000–2009 Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 53
2005 Peak
position
Spanish Albums Chart 45
UK Albums Chart 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ BBC Music review
  3. ^ Entertainment.ie review at the Wayback Machine (archived January 13, 2009)
  4. ^ The Guardian review
  5. ^ Music OHM review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Yahoo! Music UK review
  8. ^ "Discography>Albums>Intensive Care". Robbiewilliams.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Intensive Care". Britandgrit.wordpress.com. 15 February 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  10. ^ Westlife top singles chart, Williams dominates albums
  11. ^ "Robbie Williams Enters The Guinness Book of World Records". News.softpedia.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  12. ^ "IFPI Certification for "Intensive Care"". Zpav.pl. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  13. ^ Time. "EMI Music México". Emimusic.com.mx. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  14. ^ a b "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2006". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 
  15. ^ a b "British album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Intensive Care in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  16. ^ a b "Certificaciones – Robbie Williams" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  17. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Robbie Williams; 'Intensive Care')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  18. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (13 January 2007). "EMI Share Price Drops on Restructure Announcement". Undercover Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  19. ^ "Discography>Singles>Sin Sin Sin". Robbiewilliams.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 
  20. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/188736/ranking/cd_album/
  21. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 24.10.2005- 06.11.2005". OLiS. 
  22. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  24. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Robbie Williams in the field Interpret. Enter Intensive Care in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
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  26. ^ "Danish album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care". IFPI Denmark. 
  27. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  28. ^ "French album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  29. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2005" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. 
  30. ^ "Irish album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  31. ^ "TV: Domani Robbie Williams in concerto da Berlino su Italia 1" (in Italian). Adnkronos. 19 December 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  32. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  33. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  34. ^ "Portuguese album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (in Portuguese). Associação Fonográfica Portuguesa. 
  35. ^ "Russian album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers (NFPF). 
  36. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Robbie Williams – Intensive Care" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select the "Chart", enter ' in the field "Year". Select ' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  37. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2005" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  38. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Robbie Williams; 'Intensive Care')". Hung Medien. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Their Law: The Singles 1990–2005 by The Prodigy
UK number-one album
29 October 2005 – 5 November 2005
Succeeded by
Face to Face by Westlife
Preceded by
Lift by Shannon Noll
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
29 October 2005 – 5 November 2005
Succeeded by
Tea and Sympathy by Bernard Fanning