Robbie Williams
Swing When You're Winning


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
August 1st, 2009 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A pop icon changes things to suite his swing.

Robbie Williams, one of pop music’s most entertaining and talented (A word I use hesitantly) male pop artists of the past decade has surprisingly swung in a complete 360 degree spin quite literally with his release of Swing When You’re Winning, an album based on jazz covers and an original composition. With Swing When You’re Winning, Williams has released a collection of Rat Pack-era swing songs, and proves that he is not only able to artfully capture our attention, he's actually worthy of it.

Recorded at Los Angeles, Capitol Studios (the same studio where legends including Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin recorded), Swing... replicates the magic of those classic recording sessions. Swing... has called on a long list of guest performers for help, including Bill Miller at the ripe old age of 84, who was one of Sinatra's first session pianists, for fantastic rendition of ‘One for My Baby.’ The album's first single, which is a cover of the Frank and Nancy Sinatra number ‘Somethin' Stupid’ features Australian actress, Nicole Kidman. While actor Jon Lovitz sits in on the Cole Porter classic ‘Well Did You Evah’ which is another old Sinatra duet, originally with Bing Crosby from the film High Society. Quite surprisingly Old Blue Eyes himself makes an appearance on the moving ‘It Was a Very Good Year’. Williams’ confident performance and likeable tonality (heard throughout the album on tracks like the Duke Ellington-written ‘Do Nothing Till You Hear from Me’ and the wistful ‘Beyond the Sea’) are dampened only when juxtaposed with Sinatra's perfect vocal timbre and phrasing. However, Williams looms over actor Rupert Everett on a cover of the popular Gershwin tune ‘They Can't Take That Away from Me.’

Like his pop offerings, Swing... is immersed with cheeky humour. Williams converts the Bobby Darin-penned ‘Things’ into a happy duet with actress Jane Horrocks, best known as Bubble from the sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. The album's only original composition, ‘I Will Talk and Hollywood Will Listen’ is a satirical number that, intentionally or not, begs to know why America has yet to indulge in Robbie Williams’ previous albums, as the line Cameron Diaz, give me a sign / Steven Spielberg, look what you're missing shows.

Jazz is a hard task for any mainstream singer to tackle; but Robbie Williams does it in an almost unparallel manner. He might not have the suave of Michael Buble but Williams has found his own way to entice the audience with his smooth yet unfinished voice. Swing When You’re Winning could easily be one of the best Jazz vocal cover albums in this decade.



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Douglas
August 1st 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So... Robbie Williams isnt really my thing, though this album is great

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MassiveAttack
August 1st 2009


2688 Comments


Stop lying you're in love with him!

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 1st 2009


20857 Comments


BANNED... I HATE THIS PR!CK.

Ok, ok, I'll give the review a read when I have calmed down a little.

Douglas
August 1st 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, I told you it was going to be surprising.

Nah, usaully can't stand the guy, though as a jazz lover I think he has done well with this.

AtavanHalen
August 1st 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

It's a 4/5 Mother's Day gift maybe

Douglas
August 1st 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Meh

Douchebag
August 1st 2009


3624 Comments


Lol believe it or not, i'm quite familiar with this album. Dad used to listen to it quite frequently a couple of years ago and I agree, it's not as bad as one would think. Good review pos'd.

AtavanHalen
August 1st 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Not as band lol

combustion07
August 1st 2009


5362 Comments


Thought it said Robin Williams :/

BallsToTheWall
August 1st 2009


44477 Comments


This guy is pretty terrible. Robin Williams is not. Live On Broadway FTW. Not a abd review though.

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Douglas
August 1st 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Robin Williams is very much win. Though this album is my guiltiest of pleasures!

Thanks guys.

AtavanHalen
August 2nd 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

How good is Robin Williams

Douglas
August 2nd 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The bestest. Especially the Scotsman and Golf act.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009


20857 Comments


So I tried to read the review a few hours back & then I saw the word 'talented' mentioned in the very 1st line. I had to push the ejector button on my chair.

Finally just got through the review now. I'm too biased to comment really. Strange how he does duets with 2 actors on the album. Seems like he's seeking attention to me. No, that couldn't be Robbie!

Douglas
August 2nd 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, it's all good Davey. Similiar to my dislike of Def Leppard I suppose.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 2nd 2009


20857 Comments


I'm surprised he didn't do a duet with them on this album. LOL.

Douglas
August 2nd 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, now that would be worth seeing...

Jim
August 2nd 2009


5110 Comments


HEY EVERYONE I LIKE ROBBIE AND I EVEN WENT TO SEE HIM WHEN HE WAS IN AUSTRALIA LAST

what who said that

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2009


20857 Comments


JIM = BANNED

Douglas
August 3rd 2009


9110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Haha, Davey you just cant get past his bad boy side! Open your heart!



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