Nonetheless, Candy is a neat précis of the problems facing Robbie in 2012. Its bouncy dancehall brass is undeniably and infectiously catchy but it’s also short-lived; the song leaves no impression at its end. Crucially it sounds not unlike Olly Murs, Robbie’s former duet partner onX Factor, who has turned a facsimile of the older star’s cheeky charm into multi-platinum (but completely unmemorable) musical success and TV stardom. If anything, this sense of a pop star as someone who could easily front a light entertainment show seems closest to an enduring legacy for Robbie. The days when his success led solo Spice Girls to pen clunky faux-confessional lyrics in emulation are long gone.
My review of Take The Crown is up at MusicOMH