Robbie Williams
Sing When You're Winning


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ross Delany USER (35 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2006 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


We all have our guilty pleasures. No matter how much we deny it, there�s always one song, album, band, or artist who we, in company, call all the names under the sun, but in the aural safety of our own homes, we listen to and enjoy. Some say that they�re guilty pleasure is James Blunt *cough* Cathedral *cough*, some we don�t know, some we can take a guess at. But I�m going to be brave enough�or stupid enough, to tell you mine.

Robbie Williams.

You can laugh, but Williams is a very good songwriter, he has a formula for pop songs that will be remembered, be it using shock videos a la �Rock DJ� or having a certain hot Australian pop vixen guesting on the song, and video a la �Kids�, Williams certainly knows how to attract an audience. Although before this he was a member of bubblegum boy-band �Take That�, Williams� musical maturity shows through this album more than any of his other releases.

While the usual story with 99% of pop albums in recent years is the same (make catchy single, produce utter pap, make sure you look cute) Williams� approach is a different one. Some of this album�s true gems come in the tracks that weren�t singles. For example, the song �Better Man� gives me images of Williams looking at himself at the time this was written, 30 years down the line, and wondering if he could have done anything different.

In comparison to Williams� previous albums, Sing while you�re winning isn�t centred on Robbie as much; the lyrical themes are still rather good for a pop album. But that�s not to say it can�t have a radio friendly single. �Kids�, Williams� duet with Kylie Minogue fits this role perfectly, Minogue and Williams sing in turn in the verses but together in the chorus. Despite Minogue�s rather irritating voice, this is a good, pop-rock song, with my only complaint being Minogue trying to change her voice to fit in with the song, which detracts from the enjoyment. Another noticeable theme on this album is the sheer amount of slow songs, previously, Williams� albums had a balance of mellow pop tracks, and pop-rock tracks, but this album sees a shift in that formula, which is a shame, the delicate balance was a good one, but with this, it seems like although the formula Williams had was perfect, he still wanted to tinker, this is a blessing�and a curse, while some of the slower songs are great, I miss the lack of a �Let me Entertain You� like song.

However, the slower songs still work quite well, and having the more up-tempo �Road to Mandalay� as the closing track gives us that impression of balance back, despite the fact it�s not balanced at all. Williams� long time collaborator Guy Chambers makes the album quite pleasing on the instrumental front; there are no huge pounding bass riffs to ruin the song, no mad guitar solos, and no huge double bass drum beats. But what is there, is some beautiful guitar passages, some dreamy synths and some great backing vocals, so if you like relaxing music, a lot of this album could fit you�re needs.

On the flipside, Guy knows how to make a pop song a pop-rock song, �Let Love be you�re Energy� is a great example of this. While the guitar riff isn�t in you�re face and generally, loud; it is noticeable. Add to the (electronic) drum beat, and you have a good formula for a pop rock song. So, the big question, where does this stand in Williams� already large discography? Well, the next album of original material (Swing while you�re winning was a covers album) after this was �Escapology� which signalled a turn towards the poppier side of Williams� music. Previous to this album, was �I�ve been expecting you� and before that �Life Thru a Lens� both of which were on the rock side of the pop-rock spectrum. So this could be said to be Williams� transitional album, and while it�s by no means his best, it provides an insight into what he can do musically; which is always a good thing.

Rating: 4/5



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Electric City
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2006


15743 Comments


Innerdark, you beast!

Digging: Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

innerdark
May 3rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im trying to get a good format, one sec

MyRamona
May 3rd 2006


1088 Comments


Haha, great review, I remember Supreme, Rock DJ and let love be your energy, the singles basically. Robbie isn't half-bad, but his material does get old fast.

Digging: Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 3rd 2006


16089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This album has one or two moments.

innerdark
May 3rd 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

see, i CAN do pop

Bartaci
May 6th 2006


8 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*sniff* I do, too, enjoy this album :'(

2muchket!
May 6th 2006


900 Comments


I remember that road to mandalay song. With the "ba bada baa baa bambam baa" chorus. Not bad I s'pose

innerdark
May 6th 2006


749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's a great song, life thru a lens is his best album

Patrick
June 28th 2006


1891 Comments


I always cry when I listen to one of his old songs called "Feel." I'm sorry but I can't help it!

deathscreamingsheep
July 16th 2006


86 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

OMG some people don't like Robbie Williams. Anyone who gives this lower than a 5 is a villain.

metallicaman8
July 16th 2006


4677 Comments


Robin Williams>>>>Robbie Williams

Morvit
July 20th 2006


71 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album is truly awful....how can this album haf a higher rating than backstreet boys!!! at least backstreet boys had a few decent song...THIS album....brutal.....from start to end....just brutal

Frapacino
August 4th 2006


101 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoyed this album, many may hate Robbie. But he's one of the top singers out there now.

Spamue1G
August 3rd 2008


1292 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Escapology is a criminally overlooked album, I think, because it's so inconsistent in theme and quality. This, however, is excellent stuff, but I don't think Guy Chambers is the sole songwriter- If I remember rightly, Robbie does help out with the instrumental writing as well. I wouldn't call this a transition album, but it's not quite the same as the first two releases (not as good either, but still good imo) or the next release. The review was really good, but I can't stand Kids.

JesusChris
April 20th 2011


673 Comments


Kids is such a boss song.

Whispered4tw
September 28th 2011


620 Comments


The first album I ever bought lol
With nostalgia goggles I'd want to give this a 5, but it's actually just a good pop album, nothing too special.

MrxSelfxDestruct
January 12th 2012


495 Comments


I still fucking love Millennium
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJ5uIkJDb6o
Song is tooo catchy, probably because it samples the theme from 007: You only live twice

KILL
October 16th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

fuck yea

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menawati
Contributing Reviewer
October 16th 2012


16057 Comments


guys a kunt

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KILL
October 16th 2012


71957 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

haha dude i'm jammin



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