Sing When You're Winning [UK Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
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 U.K. version added "Ser Mejor" as a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2000
  • Label: Emi Europe Generic
  • UPC: 724352850525
  • Catalog Number: 528505
  • Sales rank: 335,083

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Love Be Your Energy (4:58)
  2. 2 Better Man (3:22)
  3. 3 Rock DJ (4:18)
  4. 4 Supreme (4:18)
  5. 5 Kids (4:48)
  6. 6 If It's Hurting You (4:09)
  7. 7 Singing for the Lonely (4:31)
  8. 8 Love Calling Earth (4:05)
  9. 9 Knutsford City Limits (4:45)
  10. 10 Forever Texas (3:37)
  11. 11 By All Means Necessary (4:45)
  12. 12 The Road to Mandalay (3:57)
  13. 13 Ser Mejor (17:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robbie Williams Primary Artist
Kylie Minogue Background Vocals
Steve Power Glockenspiel, Vocoder
Dave Bishop Brass
Winston Blissett Bass Guitar
Guy Chambers Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Moog Synthesizer, Omnichord, Soloist, Moog Bass
Pete Davies Keyboards
Andy Duncan Percussion
Mark Feltham Harmonica
Derek Green Background Vocals
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Bob Lanese Trumpet
Brad Lang Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Martin Loveday Strings
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Phil Palmer Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Anthony Pleeth Strings
Chris Sharrock Drums, Sounds
J. Neil Sidwell Brass
Steve Sidwell Brass, Piccolo Trumpet
Robert Smissen Strings
Phil Spalding Guitar, Bass Guitar, Fuzz Bass
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Gavyn Wright Strings, Concert Master
Peter Lale Strings
Andy Caine Background Vocals
Alex Dickson Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Soloist
Jackie Shave Strings
Pauline Taylor Background Vocals
André Barreau Background Vocals
Steve McEwan Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Marielle Herve Background Vocals
Crystal Adams Background Vocals
Claire Worrall Background Vocals
Gary Nuttall Background Vocals
Pauline Boeykens Tuba
Edgar Herzog Clarinet
Robert Williams & The Groovers Background Vocals
Fil Eisler Bass Guitar, Bass Slide
Perry Montague-Mason Strings
Neil Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Power Producer, Digital Editing
Jim Brumby Digital Editing
Guy Chambers Arranger, Composer, Producer, Orchestration
Tony Cousins Mastering
Pete Davies drum programming
Andy Duncan Digital Editing, drum programming
Dino Fekaris Composer
Nick Ingman Orchestration
Paul Kegg Loop
Freddie Perren Composer
Tony Pleeth Loop
Robbie Williams Composer
Richard Boothby Loop
Ekundayo Paris Composer
Kevin Andrews Composer
Richard Flack Programming, Digital Editing, drum programming
Nelson Pigford Composer
Ray Girardo Spanish Lyrics
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Savvas Lossifidis Engineer
Steve Price Engineer
Richard Campbell Loop
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