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
Also, this version omits the song "Jesus in a Camper Van," presumably over the legal trouble Williams faced with that song.
There are a number of singles that were released either in the UK, US, or both in a few cases...The album starts off with the upbeat Lazy Days which isn't bad, but not the best song, then goes right into the dreamy "Millenium" with crazy lyrics and a really unique violin riff, a single that did well on 'both sides of the pond'. "No Regrets" Is one of my fave songs, another UK single I believe that is mid-tempo and quite bitter towards an ex of Robbies. "Strong" is another guitar-esque mid-tempo track you will find scattered throughout the album, but def. one of the stronger ones...I'm not sure if it was a single but it sounds really familiar. Cute lyrics in the beginning about Rob's dad.
"Angels" Is another standout on the album that did well in both the US and Uk. Its a beautiful soaring ballad about love and sprituality...gorgeous, I can never stop listening to this. "Win Some, Lose Some" is another guitar-mid-tempo (we'll call them GMT's) track with a good chorus but the rest is a bit...blase. "Let Me Entertain You" Is another big classic Robbie hit, awesome lyrics and really get and up and go style of song, when ur in the right mood for it, its an amazing track.
Tracks 8-11 aren't particularly special in my mind, some more GMT stuff and a bit more or a rock edge here and there..Read more ›
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
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
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
I was very cautious about getting any of Robbie's music because of his egotistical videos and so-so voice. Read morePublished on June 3 2003 by lost_in_space82
I've had this CD for over a year, and it never gets old. When I'm in the mood for some old-fashioned irreverent fun, all I gotta do is pop this one in the discman. Read morePublished on April 30 2003 by S. Thompson
I must confess I bought this CD with much trepidation. I have not been a big fan of what I've seen of Robbie Williams here in the U.S. Read morePublished on April 25 2003 by S. Sittig