Swings Both Ways is the 10th studio album from British singer Robbie Williams. The album which was released on 18th November 2013 was the 1000th #1 album for the Official Charts Company. The album went on to selling over 109,000 copies in its first week becoming his 11th album to get to #1 in his home country tieing with Elvis Presley.
This is Robbie’s second swing album. The first was released in 2001 called ‘Swing When You’re Winning’ was a worldwide hit album.
Photo above: the peak positions, certifications and sales from his first swing album worldwide
The album features many collaborations. Those include; Olly Murs, Michael Buble, Rufus Wainwright, Lily Allen and Kelly Clarkson.
The first single from the album ‘Go Gentle’ which was performed on the UK X Factor earlier this month gave Robbie his 30th solo top 10. The single peaked at #10.
Track by track review:
- Shine My Shoes – This is a great album opener. Its that song where you tell yourself ‘Robbie’s still got it!’ 8/10
- Go Gentle – A perfect first single. Its a personal song he wrote about being a father and his promises and warnings to his daughter and its really sweet. 8/10
- I Wan’na Be Like You – The first cover and collaboration on the album and what a great one to start with. Olly and Robbie have done such a fun song so much justice. They sound like they enjoyed it themselves too. 8/10
- Swing Supreme – Classic pop Robbie turned into a swing track. One of my favourite Robbie singles in the first place has just been proven to be a great at more than one genre. 8/10
- Swings Both Ways – Very light hearted lyrics kind of making fun of those men who are feminine which Robbie has described himself before. 7/10
- Dream A Little Dream – One of the tracks I was most looking forward to hearing. Lily, being of my favourite artists works with Robbie again on this record and its a very very beautiful ballad. This and her cover of Keane’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ are the best Christmassy feel covers of this year. 8/10
- Soda Pop – And the collaborations continue, this one with Michael Buble. This is exactly what I was hoping for before I heard the track. Upbeat, fun and carefree. 8/10
- Snowblind – Sounds like something out of an old movie. Its so pretty. It makes me want to look outside the window and want it to be snowing outside. Beautiful. 8/10
- Puttin’ On The Ritz – Not much to say other than a fun cover. 8/10
- Little Green Apples – The last collaboration on the album. One with Kelly Clarkson, something I never expected; a Robbie and Kelly track together! It slightly doesn’t even sound like Kelly but her voice is very soothing on it. 7/10
- Minnie The Moocher – Another cover done justice. The song wants to make you join in with Robbie when he’s singing. 8/10
- If Only I Had A Brain – The only song I don’t like on the album. Its boring and isn’t really meaningful or fun. Just pointless. 4/10
- No One Likes A Fat Pop Star – Obviously you can’t not ever hear a Robbie album without a track that makes you laugh. The lyrics are witty and when the orchestra comes in you can’t help but laugh. Kind of a parody track but it works. 8/10
Overall album rating: 8/10
Key tracks: Shine My Shoes, Go Gentle, I Wan’na Be Like You, Swing Supreme, Dream A Little Dream, Soda Pop
Robbie Williams promote this album on a European arena tour next year starting in May which will end in the UK in July at London’s O2 Arena.