Sing When You're Winning

Sing When You're Winning

by Robbie Williams

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/06/2002
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724352902422
catalogNumber: 529024

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robbie Williams   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kylie Minogue   Vocals
Steve Power   Glockenspiel,Vocoder
Dave Bishop   Brass,Overdubs
Winston Blissett   Bass Guitar
Dave Catlin-Birch   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Guy Chambers   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Mellotron,Omnichord,Moog Bass,Moog Lead
Pete Davies   Keyboards
Duncan   Vocals
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Mark Feltham   Harmonica
Derek Green   Background Vocals
Paul Kegg   Loops
Katie Kissoon   Background Vocals
Bob Lanese   Trumpet
Brad Lang   Bass Guitar,Double Bass
Martin Loveday   Strings
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Phil Palmer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Anthony Pleeth   Strings
Chris Sharrock   Percussion,Drums,Sounds
J. Neil Sidwell   Brass,Overdubs
Steve Sidwell   Brass,Overdubs,Piccolo Trumpet
Robert Smissen   Strings
Phil Spalding   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Fuzz Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Gavyn Wright   Strings,Concert Master
Peter Lale   Strings
Tony Pleeth   Loops
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Alex Dickson   Guitar,Autoharp,Electric Guitar
Patrick Kiernan   Strings
Jackie Shave   Strings
Richard Boothby   Loops
Pauline Taylor   Background Vocals
Paul "Tubbs" Williams   Background Vocals
André Barreau   Background Vocals
Steve McEwan   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Melvin Duffy   Pedal Steel Guitar
Marielle Herve   Background Vocals
Crystal Adams   Background Vocals
Claire Worrall   Background Vocals
Gary Nuttall   Background Vocals,Electric Banjo
Pauline Boeykens   Tuba
Edgar Herzog   Clarinet
Perry Montague-Mason   Strings
Richard Campbell   Loops
Neil Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sylvia Mason James   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Power   Producer
Guy Chambers   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Orchestration
Pete Davies   drum programming
Andy Duncan   drum programming,Percussion Programming
Dino Fekaris   Composer
Isobel Griffiths   Orchestral Coordinator
Nick Ingman   Orchestration
Martin Loveday   String Ensemble
Freddie Perren   Composer
Anthony Pleeth   String Ensemble
Robert Smissen   String Ensemble
Gavyn Wright   String Ensemble
Peter Lale   String Ensemble
Patrick Kiernan   String Ensemble
Jackie Shave   String Ensemble
Robbie Williams   Composer
Ekundayo Paris   Songwriter,Composer
Tom Hingston   Art Direction
Kevin Andrews   Composer
Richard Flack   Programming,drum programming
Nelson Pigford   Composer
Richard Woodcraft   Engineer
Perry Montague-Mason   String Ensemble
Steve Price   Engineer

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