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Sing When You're Winning [Canada Bonus Tracks]

Sing When You're Winning [Canada Bonus Tracks]

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by Robbie Williams

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Poised for global domination with his third album, Robbie Williams and producer Guy Chambers hardly dared mess with the formula of their 1998 crossover hit I've Been Expecting You. As such, Sing When You're Winning has plenty of introspective balladry akin to "Angels," and a few irresistible party time tracks in similar company to "Millennium." The album


Poised for global domination with his third album, Robbie Williams and producer Guy Chambers hardly dared mess with the formula of their 1998 crossover hit I've Been Expecting You. As such, Sing When You're Winning has plenty of introspective balladry akin to "Angels," and a few irresistible party time tracks in similar company to "Millennium." The album also moves Williams farther away from the increasingly dated visions of Oasis-style Brit-pop to embrace post-millennial dance-pop, complete with the bruising beats and extroverted productions to match. And Chambers certainly knows his production playbook well, conjuring a panoply of classic British rock touchstones like psychedelia, slick country-rock, Ian Dury, the Who, Elton John, and Madchester. Despite a small drop in songwriting from its predecessor, Sing When You're Winning ultimately succeeds, and most of the credit must go to Williams himself. Amidst a few overly familiar arrangements and lyrical themes, Williams proves the consummate entertainer, delivering powerful, engaging vocals -- no matter the quality of the material -- and striking the perfect balance between tongue-in-cheek, self-mocking humor ("Knutsford City Limits") and genuine feeling (tender ballads like "Better Man" and "If It's Hurting You"). The radio-ready single "Rock DJ" is a piece of immediately gratifying pop candy floss with a surprisingly endless shelf life, though "Kids," a vivacious, vacuous vamp of a duet with Kylie Minogue, doesn't even hold its own after one listen. Toss in a few beautiful album tracks (the opener "Let Love Be Your Energy," "Love Calling Earth," "Singing for the Lonely"), but then counter them with a few bland singalongs ("Supreme," "Forever Texas"), and the result is a scattered, entertaining album whose real star is Robbie Williams' personality. [The Canadian release adds two bonus tracks: "Supreme" and "Ser Mejor."]

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kiss   Track Performer
Kylie Minogue   Track Performer
Steve Power   Vocoder
Dave Bishop   Overdubs
Dave Catlin-Birch   Background Vocals
Guy Chambers   Guitar,Keyboards,Moog Synthesizer
Pete Davies   Track Performer
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Bob Lanese   Trumpet
Brad Lang   Track Performer
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Track Performer
Chris Sharrock   Drums
J. Neil Sidwell   Overdubs
Steve Sidwell   Pocket Trumpet
Phil Spalding   Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Track Performer
P   Track Performer
Peter Lale   Track Performer
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Alex Dickson   Autoharp
Paul "Tubbs" Williams   Background Vocals
Steve McEwan   Background Vocals
Ca Moin Aime   Track Performer
Fla   Track Performer
Crystal Adams   Background Vocals
Claire Worrall   Background Vocals
Pauline Boeykens   Tuba
Edgar Herzog   Clarinet
Alex Duncan   Track Performer
Neil Taylor   Electric Guitar
Sylvia Mason James   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Guy Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Paul Kegg   Loop
Freddie Perren   Composer
Tony Pleeth   Loop
Robbie Williams   Composer
Richard Boothby   Loop
Ekundayo Paris   Songwriter,Composer
Kevin Andrews   Composer
Nelson Pigford   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Richard Campbell   Loop

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Sing When You're Winning 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robbie Williams is very entertaining--he is the ultimate alternative to the anemic cookie cutter pop America is drowning in. Rob's wit and personality shine bright on this album---and you will want to sing along.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While on vacation in England and Ireland I couldn't turn on a radio without hearing one of the songs on this cd. He was all over the BBC and BBC America. I bought it and love it. I can't wait to get the other cd's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is surely another well made one by this former Take That.The tracks are pretty good showing Robbie William's road to the international music world.It's a good deal.So buy it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is neither the first nor the latest solo CD by Robbie Williams, but it is arguably his best. Full of straight-ahead pop tunes, it typically echoes the clever writing and extraordinary vocal versatility of the Brit entertainment phenom. But unlike his earlier efforts that were, with only a few notable exceptions such as "Angels" and "Millennium," unsophisticated, rudimentary, or sophomoric, most of the songs on this album reveal a maturity in composition. Williams and his collaborator, Guy Chambers, have come of age. The lyrical statements, bleeding with the now-familiar, classic Robbie conflicts, are not just entertaining but clear, the musical motifs likewise pronounced. "If you're looking to change the world, 'Let Love Be Your Energy'" barks the startling immediacy of the first selection, a rock ballad, followed by a plaintive "Lord I'm doing all I can to be a 'Better Man,'" then the smash single, disco-techy, bass throbbing "Rock DJ;" the arpeggiated string lines in the I Will Survive-sound-a-like of "Supreme" introduce Williams forlornly but eloquently wailing, "Oo-h-h, seems like forever stopped today . . ." and on it goes. A balance and congruity is present here that is simply absent from much of his previous and, sadly, later work. The music literally shouts that Robbie Williams is aware he's arrived. The stars may not all be aligned, but at this moment he recognizes that his firmly-staked (at turns self-doubting) claim has been acknowledged. The duet with Kylie Minogue on the danceable "Kids" ends with Williams rapping out his self-promoting, but irresistibly, cheeky best: "I'm an Honorary Sean Connery, born '74, There's only one of me, single-handedly raising the economy, Ain't no chance of the record company dropping me." There are indeed two or three weaker selections ("Forever Texas" one), but they do not detract from the overall triumph that has been achieved. This is still feel-good pop, but it is well-measured and honed. To hear it once entices you to hear it a second time, and a third and . . . "So Com-on! CLIMB ON BOARD, take a ride, yeh, yeh . . .”