Robbie Williams - The Heavy Entertainment Show

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The Heavy Entertainment Show is the eleventh studio album by English singer-songwriter Robbie Williams, released in November 2016 via Columbia Records.

"Light entertainment, but on steroids” is how Robbie Williams conceived his 11th solo album, a record that reunites the singer with writer Guy Chambers, co-author of umpteen smash hits from the Robbie back catalogue, on a new label. Chambers returned for 2013’s Swings Both Ways, but that was all dicky bows and pomade. This is a pop event in which Williams redeploys the particular combination of cheek, imperiousness and schmaltz that saw him boss the late 90s and early 00s.

That’s probably not how The Heavy Entertainment Show will play out, exactly. It’s hard to pinpoint where this album fits in the shifting-sand ecology of contemporary pop. Perhaps wisely, Williams opts out of current sounds such as glacial R&B and big-drop dancefloor digitals, borrowing, magpie-like, from glam rock and 80s funk.

If “Mixed Signals” – all 80s soft rock via 00s synths – sounds like the Killers, that’s because Williams hired them to write it. Strangely enough, he wears this windswept stuff surprisingly well. His old pal Rufus Wainwright helps out on “Hotel Crazy”, a lyrics-heavy vamp that sounds like it should have a West End musical written around it.

Millennial-targeting chart fodder isn’t Williams’s prime concern, anyway.

Pretty Woman” - a roots gone pop collaboration with Ed Sheeran and producer Benny Blanco, and funk-pop “Sensitive”, are the closest Williams comes to courting the pop crowd. More to the point, the first single from The Heavy Entertainment Show, the oligarch-mocking “Party Like A Russian”, generated far more commentary than roubles.

Whatever you think of “Party Like A Russian” few other artists would attempt such camp, bombastic ridiculousness, and today’s charts are, perhaps, all the more anodyne for that absence of chutzpah. You couldn’t imagine too many celebs singing a song called “Motherfucker”, either, in which the mental ill health of the forebears is visited upon a young son in tabloid-baiting form. In its gleeful refusal to provide reassurance to young Charlton Williams, aged two, it is, perhaps, one of the least nausea-inducing songs ever dedicated to a celebrity offspring.

The tunes that could only come from Williams make this record entertaining. The album’s introductory title track is, of course, pure Robbie – another operatic, circussy blare full of his particular brand of self-deprecating preening. If ever something was needed to reconfirm his pop star status, here it is.

Check out the tracks: “Party Like A Russian”; “Love My Life” and “Motherfucker”.

This Limited Double LP set, housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inners, a digital download and five bonus tracks, is pressed in Europe on Black Vinyl.

(889853710317)

Tracklisting:

 

Title

Time

A1

Heavy Entertainment Show

3:22

A2

Party Like A Russian

3:02

A3

Mixed Signals

3:58

A4

Love My Life

3:28

B1

Motherfucker

4:17

B2

Bruce Lee

3:13

B3

Sensitive

3:16

B4

David’s Song

4:14

C1

Pretty Woman

2:55

C2

Hotel Crazy (With Rufus Wainwright)

4:25

C3

Sensational

3:47

C4

When You Know (Bonus Track)

4:20

D1

Time On Earth (Bonus Track)

4:51

D2

I Don’t Want To Hurt You (With John Grant) (Bonus Track)

4:18

D3

Best Sensations (Bonus Track)

3:44

D4

Marry Me (Bonus Track)

3:53

SKU 889853710317
Record Label Columbia Records
Label / Model # Sony
Catalogue Number 88985371031
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 16 December 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 04 November 2016
Barcode # 889853710317
Shipping Weight 0.5850kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Inner Sleeves, 5 Bonus Vinyl Tracks, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Format VINYL LP

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