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Ego Has Landed Import

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  • Audio CD (May 4 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000IP2X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 300 customer reviews
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1. Lazy Days
2. Millennium
3. No Regrets
4. Strong
5. Angels
6. Win Some Lose Some
7. Let Me Entertain You
8. Jesus in a Camper Van
9. Old Before I Die
10. Killing Me
11. Man Machine
12. She's The One
13. Karma Killer
14. One Of God's Better People

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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

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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 celebrity. The best song on the album is obviously the sweet ballad "Angels," a song which secured Williams' position as a credible boy-band survivor (he was formally part of Take That). However, this album is full of hits: "She's the One" and "One of God's Better People" are two more beautiful ballads; "Man Machine," "Let Me Entertain You," and "Karma Killer" are the ones you blast really loud; "Strong," "Lazy Days," and "Old Before I Die" are the ones you sing along with. The album also includes "Millennium," the video of which includes Williams in various James Bond moments. The whole album is one perfect pop ride. Williams never gets overly personal with his lyrics, but with laugh-out-loud verses that go "I hope I live/to see the day/the Pope gets high," you don't really care. All pop music should sound this good.
Also, this version omits the song "Jesus in a Camper Van," presumably over the legal trouble Williams faced with that song.
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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 1997. When I did finally see him on an MTV Europe special, I was staggered by his talent! I was also initally taken aback by his apparent self-absorption [to wit: "The EGO . .."], but realized later that it is part of his facade. He is much more self-deprecating than self-promoting, and he possesses an irrestible charm and wit. In truth, that I first saw him in live performance doing more recent material certainly colored my impression of this CD, "The Ego Has Landed." It is a compilation for the American audience of songs from his first two albums. The selections, many of which were gigantic hits in Europe, are nonetheless representations of his early solo work and initial collaboration with Guy Chambers. By comparison with what's found on his later albums, therefore, they sound rudimentary and incomplete. A few still reflect an apparent reluctant transition from the Take That boy-band days, while others, such as "Win Some Lose some" are at best bubble-gum pop. EMI tried to introduce him to his cousins across the pond by using previous winners instead of fresher numbers, and the strategy backfired. Even though "Angels," his first break through hit, has a timeless, classic innocence, and "Millennium," a haunting James Bond-esque quality, they are obscured by the majority of weaker efforts (with the possible exceptions of "Let Me Entertain You" or "You're The One"). Make no mistake: I think Robbie Williams is arguably the most gifted and dynamic young entertainer around. Yet, this album is not the best sample of his wares.Read more ›
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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. His lyrics and music alnoe make the album enjoyable, and Williams' cheeky part boy band, part ol timer, part rocker voice makes for a stand-out sound to the album as a whole.
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..
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I find his music beyond pigeon-holing into any one genre. This album is sophisticated, energetic, youngful, hopeful, insightful, introspective and, above all brilliant. Robbie is one of those truly rare artists which take you on a musical journey whereby you are transformed and totally captivated and held "in the moment". Although I love Angels and Millennium, my personal favorites from this album (and that's really wonderful whenever you can say that there are many beyond the two best chart-tops) are: No Regrets, Strong, Killing Me, She's the One, Lazy Days and, One of God's Better People. Robbie may not have the best voice or be the best songwriter of our time or be the buffest badass out there (like alot of his critics like to say, though I tend to disagree)...but, whatever Mr. Robert Peter Williams does have it overwhelms me and I connect with it like no artist before him. Perhaps, even though he does "play his audience" at times or isn't completely "all that you see"...once you take notice of him you begin to realize that he is one of those rare talents that simply demand and must to be heard, seen, recognized, loved and adored, as much for their flaws as their talents! He keeps me anticipating more and waiting to see what else he has up his sleeve. Am I being "played" by his ego?....who cares?!, just BRING IT ON ROBBIE!
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