the Long Tail

Adventures in the Low End of the Demand Curve

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning

I'm surprised this album was never released in the U.S., especially as it full of songs that were popular in another era of American music. Sure, Robbie is British, but he does possess some musical talent that make this worthy of a listen.

Some of the standout tracks here include "Mack the Knife", "Something Stupid" (featured in the sadly underrated Birthday Girl), "It was a Very Good Year", and "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." Most of this album was new to me, and it was a nice change from my usual musical choices.

Based on the title alone, some probably thought that this a cynical attempt to cash in on America's brief fascination with Swing Music in the late '90s. While I won't deny that went into the inspiration, the result was fascinating, and didn't come across like a cheap cash-in, IMHO.


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