Robbie Williams, Heavy Entertainment Show (2016)
He may not be big in North America, but Robbie Williams is HUGE overseas. Williams, a former singer from the boy band: Take That, is now recognized as the most successful British solo artist in U.K. chart history. Nine of his 10 previous studio albums have reached No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart along with two of his greatest hits compilations. Only two other solo artists have ever achieved more No. 1 albums in the U.K. These being: Elvis Presley, who posthumously set the record with 13 no. 1 hits (just a couple of weeks ago) and Madonna with 12 - No. 1’s
Robbie Williams’ record sales stand at over 77 million worldwide; making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. In fact, Williams was entered in The Guinness Book of World Records when, after he announced his World Tour for 2006, he sold 1.6 million tickets in one day. In 2004, he was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame, after being voted as the Greatest artist of the 1990s, and his list of achievements go on and on.
For the life of me, I cannot understand why this highly entertaining singer hasn’t made it in North America. He is, in my opinion, one of most underrated pop stars of the last twenty years.
Robbie Williams has created a larger than life persona that makes his records a thrilling listen. He is, one part Rat Pack and one part Eminem, making for a bizarre mix between an egomaniac and self-deprecating mess.
As 2016 comes to an end, we see Robbie Williams return with a vengeance with his latest release. Heavy Entertainment Show (H.E.S.) is his first record with Sony Music UK/ Columbia records. The album is a sonic melting pot of music; touching on every single genre in the pop realm.
Highlights include the theatrical album opening title track, H.E.S which highlights Williams’ charisma and cheekiness to their full glory. Next up is the album’s lead single, Party Like A Russian. I think it may be 2016’s craziest party anthem and it incorporates a sample of Sergei Prokofiev’s, Dance of the Knights or better known as the theme from The Apprentice, in the UK. Assuredly to become a Williams’ classic and a staple in Robbie’s live shows is, Mixed Signals, that was written by The Killers. In fact, H.E.S. doesn’t let up and offers two addictive synth numbers; the Bowiesque sounding Bruce Lee and soulful track ,Sensitive.
Robbie’s latest release is exactly what pop needs right now. Something big, bold, exciting, over the top and fun. I believe H.E.S. is one of pop’s most satisfying releases of 2016 and I highly recommended it.
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