British pop star Robbie Williams is back to his musical best, according to his former Take That bandmate GARY BARLOW.
The Angels singer has been on "album strike" due to discrepancies with his record label EMI and its new owners, business giant Terra Firma.
But he recently announced plans to end his two-year career hiatus and release a new album next year (09).
Barlow was treated to a sneak preview of the new tracks - and has given them the thumbs up.
He says, "We had some great hanging-out time with Robbie in Los Angeles and he played us some of his new stuff. It was really good. He started out with us so we have a connection."