Robbie Williams - The Christmas Present: Album review
Former Take That star Robbie Williams is the latest celebrity to release the obligatory Christmas album.
I didn’t have high hopes for this, but it’s actually quite enjoyable.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against Robbie Williams; I’ve always quite liked his music. But I’d heard the single ‘Time For Change’ and I found it a bit cheesy.
However, on hearing the whole of the album, there are some really strong tracks.
The deluxe album comes with two CDs. On CD one (Christmas Past), Robbie covers Christmas classics, such as Winter Wonderland and Let It Snow! Let It Snow, Let it Snow! in his own style. There’s a lovely jazzy version of Merry Xmas Everybody (made famous by Slade) with Jamie Cullum, and also collaborations with his dad ‘Poppa Pete’ and Helene Fischer on Santa Baby. There are some brand new festive songs on CD one written by Williams too.
CD two (Festive Future), opens with the new track Time For Change, but there are some much stronger tracks on here. Idlewild has a real rocky feel, while Williams teams up with boxer Tyson Fury (yes, really) on the humorous track Bad Sharon. Fury is not a bad singer at all.
Fairytales is another original song that also features Rod Stewart, and Bryan Adams duets on the classic (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall
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