(2013) I've Been Expecting You

Robbie Williams

... read moreA more mature, calculated album from a pop star who's often gloried in being immature and spontaneous, I've Been Expecting You may suffer from comparisons to its excellent predecessor, but it also finds Robbie Williams weathering the sophomore storm quite well. While Williams' debut was infectious...

01:15′:14″ 12 Songs

1
Strong
Robbie Williams
4:41
2
No Regrets
Robbie Williams
5:13
3
Millennium
Robbie Williams
4:09
4
Phoenix From The Flames
Robbie Williams
4:02
5
Win Some Lose Some
Robbie Williams
4:19
6
Grace
Robbie Williams
3:12
7
It's Only Us
Robbie Williams
2:52
8
Heaven From Here
Robbie Williams
3:05
9
Karma Killer
Robbie Williams
4:28
10
She's The One
Robbie Williams
4:18
11
Man Machine
Robbie Williams
3:31
12
These Dreams (+ Hidden Tracks 'Stand Your Ground' And 'Stalker's Day Off')
Robbie Williams
31:24
Released 01 January 2013, ℗ 2013 Universal Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Limited

Review

A more mature, calculated album from a pop star who's often gloried in being immature and spontaneous, I've Been Expecting You may suffer from comparisons to its excellent predecessor, but it also finds Robbie Williams weathering the sophomore storm quite well. While Williams' debut was infectious and outrageous, the second is indeed a more studied album. The opener, "Strong," begins very well, with the spot-on lyrics: "My breath smells of a thousand fags/And when I'm drunk I dance like me Dad," and "Early morning when I wake up/I look like Kiss but without the makeup." Many of the tracks on I've Been Expecting You show an undeniable growth, both in songwriting and in artistic expression; two of the highlights, "No Regrets" and "Phoenix From the Flames," are sensitive, unapologetically emotional songs that may not be as immediately catchy as those on his debut, but pack a greater punch down the road. Williams does indulge his sense of fun occasionally, playing up James Bond during the transcontinental hand-waver "Millennium" (which samples Nancy Sinatra's theme for You Only Live Twice), and simply roaring through "Win Some Lose Some" and "Jesus in a Camper Van." ~ John Bush