Robbie Williams – XXV – Retro Pop

Released: September 9

Robbie Williams enlists the Metropole Orkest to breathe new life into his greatest hits and most beloved recordings through his collection of orchestral greatest hits ‘XXV’.

Celebrating 25 years as a solo artist, the collection includes 18 reworkings of cuts from the former Take That star’s comprehensive discography, ranging from one of his earliest solo releases angels until love my lifeas well as the brand new number Lost.

Opening with Robbie’s signature hit let me entertain you, the impact of the orchestra is instantaneous, with the Dutch collective elevating the tracks to new heights, with live instrumentation soaring while breathing new life into the material. It’s a natural fit for the drama of the first track, but one that adapts throughout the set depending on the different musical styles and lyrical themes offered.

For example, the cup of 2010 Candy reborn with a swing edge, while underrated gems like Triggering have a chance to shine. The effect is similar on classics like the Massive Ballad Feelthe new recordings emphasizing the timelessness of the songs.

Also featured on ‘XXV’ is Robbie’s first UK No. 1 solo, the jubilant Millenniumtop 10 hits Strong and No regretsand his second UK solo chart, It’s the right one – all released on his 1998 album, ‘I’ve Been Expecting You’.

Although celebrating his latest milestone, the compilation doesn’t quite extend the span of Robbie’s solo output, with his first two No. 2 hits – Freedom and old before dying missing, plus other choice omissions, including #1 singles something stupid and Radio.

With Kylie Minogue drafted in to re-record the vocals for a new rendition of Kidsit’s also surprising that Robbie chose not to reunite with former bandmate Gary Barlow on a new recording from 2010 Shame. However, as he says himself, “XXV” is less about his greatest commercial successes and more about the moments of his career he is most proud of.

“I’m so excited to announce my new album ‘XXV’ which celebrates many of my favorite songs from the past 25 years,” the musician said. “Each track has a special place in my heart, so it was a real pleasure to record them again with the Metropole Orkest. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.

This is evident on closer inspection of the track listing; closing the LP is the album cut Someone one daywhich originally appeared as the B-side of Feelwhile in the opening trio of songs is love my life, the second single from Robbie’s 2016 “The Heavy Entertainment Show”, which stalled at No. 22 on the charts. However, both have personal significance – especially the latter, which was written as a message of positivity to his children in light of the challenges Robbie faced throughout his own youth.

While many orchestral albums radically reinterpret the material, Robbie’s originals do well with the orchestral recordings and retain the essence of the originals, and what stands out most is his powerful voice on every track, which after three decades in the industry remains in good shape. .

Standard and Deluxe albums feature brand new track Lost – a moving song in classic Robbie style with poignant lyrics, piano elements and rising chords – while a deluxe album includes three other original tracks: disco symphony, More than thatand The world and its mother.

The new material is the icing on an already impressive set, especially in light of the six-year wait since Robbie released his last non-party album in 2016.

In the age of streaming, the concept of a greatest hits album is becoming increasingly obsolete, with fans demanding more creative approaches to the classic format that deserve their attention. So while orchestral re-recordings seem like the go-to route right now, for Robbie it’s a path paved with gold that marries his classic sound with nuances found in his swing repertoire, celebrating the past 25 years and opening the door to the next era of his career.

‘XXV’ is available now.

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