Swings Both Ways
is a little bit of an auspicious album for the chart-topping Robbie Williams.
First of all, it comes as the 1000th album in the UK to debut at number one – fifty-seven years after Frank Sinatra’s Songs For Swingin’ Lovers
became the UK’s first ever number one album. This, according to UK media, proves one thing: swing music’s enduring appeal to the masses.
Robbie first touched on the idea of a full swing album back in 2001, with his release of Swing When You’re Winning.
Following the feel of the genre, it was loud, bombastic and full of cameo appearances. Swings Both Ways
in turn follows this, featuring the superstar likes of Lily Allen, Michael Bublé, Olly Murs and Rufus Wainwright.
As a mix of originals and covers – some with a slightly Christmas theme – Swings Both Ways
uses the same formula as the 2001 hit, with some cheeky reflections on Robbie’s exposure to the tabloids, such as the song Nobody Likes A Fat Popstar.
There’s also a re-write of The Wizard of Oz
classic, titled If I Only Had a Brain
; a huge collaboration with Rufus Wainwright on the title track; a warmth added to Dream A Little Dream
thanks to Lily Allen; and catchy originals such as Shine My Shoes.
So, does this mean that Robbie’s our answer to a modern day Frank Sinatra? Decide for yourself…
Swings Both Ways Deluxe Edition Tracklist:
- Shine My Shoes.
- Go Gentle.
- I Wan'na Be Like You (featuring Olly Murs).
- Swing Supreme.
- Swings Both Ways (featuring Rufus Wainwright).
- Dream a Little Dream (featuring Lily Allen).
- Soda Pop (featuring Michael Buble).
- Puttin' On The Ritz.
- Little Green Apples (featuring Kelly Clarkson).
- Minnie The Moocher.
- If I Only Had a Brain.
- No One Likes a Fat Pop Star.
- Where There's Muck (Bonus track).
- 16 Tons (Bonus track).
- Wedding Bells' (Bonus track).