Ego Has Landed Import
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Out of print in the U.S.! When Robbie Williams was dismissed from UK boyband Take That in the mid '90s, it was assumed that his career was over. He was not the songwriter or lead vocalist for Take That so many figured that he would head down the same lonesome road as Andrew 'the other guy in Wham' Ridgely. Luckily, Robbie hooked up with songwriter Guy Chambers and created some of the finest Pop/Rock to emerge from the UK since Oasis' sophomore album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory. Miraculously, he became the biggest selling solo artist in UK history and has continued to mesmerize audiences worldwide. The Ego Has Landed was a compilation of tracks taken from Robbie's first two UK albums and was released in countries that hadn't succumbed to Robbie fever. It includes 14 killer tracks including 'Angels', 'Millennium', 'No Regrets', 'Strong', 'She's The One' and many others. EMI.
Robbie Williams was a teenage pop star in the U.K. as a member of Take That (think New Kids on the Block); his first solo album, Life Thru a Lens, tanked--until the single "Angels" was released and became a mega-hit. His follow-up album, I've Been Expecting You, spawned more hits--"Millennium," "Let Me Entertain You"--and, somewhat unexpectedly, transformed Williams from prefab pop star to artist. The Ego Has Landed, his U.S. debut, collects songs from his two prior British releases and lives up to the hype. Though he's still somewhat prefabricated, borrowing wholesale from Oasis (whose Liam Gallagher was an idol of Williams's), George Michael, the Pet Shop Boys (whose Neil Tennant cowrote and sings backup on "No Regrets"), and even Tom Jones, Williams injects plenty of his own personality--brash and bold but rarely bratty. He's a born entertainer, plain and simple--"Let Me Entertain You," which would fit in well on Tommy, is plenty campy but only somewhat tongue-in-cheek, and he makes no apologies for it. The one caveat here is that the album is front-loaded, with all of the hits coming in the first half--but there's also a good chance that you won't mind. --Randy Silver
Top Customer Reviews
If you're thinking about giving Robbie a try, and I'm assuming you are since you're reading this, definitely try him. But beware - once you hear Robbie, American pop music just will not sound the same.
Don't worry, I've already heard most of these songs from UK radio stations like Virgin Radio who broadcast over the web in Real Audio and Netshow. Still a worthy release and should have enough hits to break the US market somewhat if US radio stations decide to play anything other than country-pap and classic schlock.
"Let Me Entertain You" is cheezy, but great. A great "Tommy" pastiche with enough tongue firmly in cheek. "No Regrets" is fab, with Neil Tennant from the Pet Shop Boys singing backup and co-writing. "Strong" shows the influence of Oasis throughout. "Millenium" is a lost Bond theme.
Yes, there are different styles, all derivative of someone else, but Robbie pulls it together with style and panache. Wonder where Gary Barlow is these days?
Most recent customer reviews
I have been into Robbie's music since it all began with 'Take That' when I lived in England. I moved to the States in '93, so had to import his solo efforts. Read morePublished on April 23 2004
This album, culled from two of Williams' previous British albums, serves an introductory crash-course for Americans who are wondering what the deal is with this international... Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Matt J. Craven
Not unlike another reviewer, I discovered Robbie Williams late in the game. Indeed, I only just heard his music a month ago, which is startling, considering his solo hits date from... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by sand-da-man
Going back and re-listening to this album a few years after its release its clear Robbie Williams deserves to have made a mark on the music industry in the way he has. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Brittany Rose
I picked up this CD after hearing Jessica Simpson's cover of 'Angels'. Having heard the powerful lyrics from Simpson's version, I was intrigued. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by Pac Man
I am probably one of the last people to admit that she is a Robbie Williams fan. After all my musical preferences is firmly entrenched in the underground but there will always be a... Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003 by Erica Anderson
Robbie Williams has for a long time been criminally overlooked in the United States, especially considering he wipes the other male pop singers away into the trash. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Kurt Lennon
I find his music beyond pigeon-holing into any one genre. This album is sophisticated, energetic, youngful, hopeful, insightful, introspective and, above all brilliant. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by P. Harrison
Once upon a time, there was this kid in a boy band. He was their resident "bad boy," heavily into drinking and drugs. Read morePublished on June 20 2003 by M. Hind