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Genre: Indie Rock & Punk - Britpop / Artist: Robbie Williams / Import / Audio CD released 1998-10-26 at Chrysalis

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      Robbie Williams Second Solo Album:
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      I've Been Expecting You is the second music album released by my favourite male Pop Star "Robbie Williams" Well I bought this album to add to my collection shortly after it's release in 1998 as I've been a huge fan of Mr Williams since he left the very successful British Boy Band "Take That" and started his own solo music career. I've Been Expecting You is one of my most listened to music CD's and it is also one of my favourite albums from the ten that the singer has released so far. On first ever hearing the songs onboard this album, I really was very impressed myself with them and was really pleased that this album was a great follow up to Robbie's first. Quite a few of the songs from this CD went on to be really big hits for the star also. I've been expecting you certainly is a brilliant second album from Robbie, as I feel he has chosen a more grown up style theme to his songs this time, has chosen more mature lyrics and has slower paced background tunes to more of his songs, compared to the tracks on his first album really. I've Been Expecting You has plenty of slow sweeping ballads and is full of catchy melodies that all flow along beautifully from track to tack.

      I've Been Expecting You was released into the UK Album Chart on the 26th October 1998. It is a Pop Album made up of twelve different tracks (plus two bonus ones) and all of them are sang very well by Robbie also. All of the songs included on this album are very unique ones, have very likable tunes to them all and vary in music style quite a lot. Robbie Williams wrote nearly all of the fourteen tracks on I've been expecting you with singer/songwriter Guy Chambers. Guy also wrote Robbie's Most successful song of his solo career which was "Angels" on Robbie's first debut album also. The pair certainly do work very well together at writing and producing great lyrical songs 'in my opinion' and "I've Been Expecting You" shows this great work throughout it. The song "She's The One" from this album was a cover song that Robbie got permission to use from Karl Wallinger as he fell in love with it after listening to it on one of his rehab visits.

      Well "I've Been Expecting You" also went straight to the number one spot on its release back in 1998 and was a very strong second album from Robbie Williams indeed. It has sold around 2,563,106 copies to date in the UK and is in the top 50 of the best selling music albums in Britain also. It was a very popular album in Europe also and worldwide it has sold over 5 million copies. I've Been Expecting you also is certified 10x Platinum, so as you can see it really is a very successful album indeed and one of Robbie's better ones!

      This music album was the one that provided Robbie Williams with his very first solo number one (just one month prior to the albums release) with the song "Millennium" that was released from it first. Millennium 'by the way' knocked Robbie's 'then' Fiancé, Nicole Appleton and the rest of the "All Saints" group she belonged to, right off the number one spot in the charts and at the time Robbie was remembered for saying "Well it had to knock someone off it. It might as well be her!"

      I've Been Expecting You really is a great music album in my opinion. It is one of those albums that you can put on and listen to without having to press the skip or fast forward button on your CD player to miss out the weaker filler songs that you do not really want to listen to like on many albums I find. Honestly. All fourteen songs are really enjoyed a lot by me. Robbie Williams had over four very successful chart hits from this particular album, but I actually find the ones that he did not release from it, are equally as good to listen to (if not better) really, so this really makes it one of my favourite albums produced by him overall.

      Well, I've been expecting you is a great mix of beautiful music ballads, is very uplifting guitar pop, that is also very well written and is cleverly produced indeed. The lyrics to each of the tracks are all good and the songs all really do have a very different story to tell us without repeating themselves too much at all. Many of the songs are a self-parody of Robbie Williams. He makes fun of himself in a lot of them, but at times you can tell he is being quite serious also. I find most of the songs on this album are very uplifting to me and make me feel good inside after listening to each of them. You really will be singing along to most of them 'like I do' as they do have very catchy choruses to them all. All of the songs certainly are bigger than life tales, that will provide you with very enjoyable entertainment for nearly one hour. The background music throughout the songs also is a lovely mix of piano, guitar and lighter drum sounds that are all very well put together and give each of the songs pure feeling to me.

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      Track Listings:
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      (01) Strong - 4:39
      (02) No Regrets - 5:09
      (03) Millennium - 4:05
      (04) Phoenix From the Flames - 4:02
      (05) Win Some Lose Some - 4:18
      (06) Grace - 3:14
      (07) Jesus in a Camper Van - 3:39
      (08) Heaven From Here - 3:05
      (09) Karma Killer - 4:26
      (10) She's the One - 4:18
      (11) Man Machine - 3:34
      (12) These Dreams - 5:08

      Bonus Tracks:
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      (13) Stand Your Ground - 2:59 (Hidden Track)
      (14) Stalker's Day Off - 3:30 (Hidden Track)

      Strong:
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      Well, Strong is the first track on the I've been expecting you album and it certainly is a great tune to kick start it of with. Strong did very well in the UK charts on its release and peaked at number four. I really enjoy the very witty story behind this great track a lot. It tells a tale about Robbie himself and how he is living his life at that time. The chorus is about him telling us that we all think he is a strong person, when inside he really is not. Strong starts of with a beautiful guitar strum, is joined by a gentle drum beat and quickens up in tempo when Robbie sings out the chorus. This song is now a classic for Robbie Williams and a very strong song on this album. The lyrics are good, the whole song is very catchy and you really cannot help singing out loud to this track. It is also sang very well by Robbie himself. Strong is one of my favourite songs from Mr Williams and a real pleasure to listen to overall.

      Rating from me: 4/5

      No Regrets:
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      This was the second single released from I've been expecting you and it also ended up being a big hit for Robbie also. It reached number 4 in the UK charts and features background vocals from Neil Tennant (Pet Shop Boys). No Regrets is again about Robbie singing about himself and his fellow pop group "Take That" that he once belonged to. He is telling us his story of basically having 'No Regrets' of breaking away from the group and going solo. It is a slower paced song from this album with a steady beat to it. The lyrics are accompanied by a softer tune played on a keyboard with gentler drum beats and guitar strums. Towards the chorus it lifts in tempo a lot to a louder and faster paced rhythm with Robbie blasting out the ending of the chorus. It really is a very enjoyable and popular Robbie Williams song that I personally enjoy listening and singing along to. Another very strong track on the I've been expecting you album.

      Rating From Me: 4/5

      Millennium:
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      Millennium was the first song from this album to be released into the UK Chart and it went straight to the number one spot. It also was a very successful song worldwide for Robbie Williams. Millennium uses the music from John Barry's Bond Film "You Only Live Twice" which is one of Robbie's favourite Bond films. It really is a very well liked song by me (although it is not in my top five from Robbie) I do like it, but he has better ones onboard "I've Been Expecting You" in my opinion. Millennium has great lyrics to it. It tells me a story of life and living beyond your means while other people in the world have nothing. We are born to love not to hate also. Well that's the message I get from this song. It could be about one person, one Nation or the whole world really. It is good, has a catchy chorus to it and is well sang by Robbie. The background music is a very catchy melody really of orchestra music, steady drum beats and is a fun flowing pop song. Millennium certainly is another strong track on the I've Been Expecting You album.

      Rating From Me: 4/5

      Phoenix From The Flames:
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      This song is certainly my favourite track from "I've Been Expecting You". It is an original and very interesting song that of coarse includes Robbie's personal take on things to make it even more unique, that only he seems to master well. This is a little bit of a faster flowing track and is more a rock than pop song to me. I love the piano introduction and the great guitar sounds at the start that gets this song heated up with it's steady and likable beat that continues throughout it. Robbie shows pure emotion singing this and this certainly helps me relate to it. The lyrics to this is outstanding in my opinion. I love it! This songs plays on all my emotions big time. As soon as I hear Robbie singing this I get Goosebumps. It starts off as a very gentle and sad sounding song that ends up a big rock type of song that lifts your mood from feeling sad, to feeling really great inside. Phoenix From The Flames has a lovely story to it also. It tells a tale of being down when you have lost someone I guess and rising up above it all. My favourite line is "Wish they'd take you back, cause you miss heaven" I Love it! A top song from Robbie, a pleasure to listen to and the best track on this whole album!

      Rating From Me: 5/5

      Win Some Lose Some:
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      Win Some Lose some is a great catchy song you just have to sing along to when you first hear it. I really like this one a lot. It was not released from this album, but is far from just a filler though. It has a beautiful melody going on throughout it with great guitar rifts, loud drum beats, has plenty of loud cymbal and other instruments going on in the background also. It is fast paced and gets you moving to its steady beat also. The lyrics also help to make this song in my opinion and tell another great tale of Robbie Williams life and about him once meeting a girl on holiday. Well she falls for him, but I don't really think he feels the same about her. It is a good witty song and another likable and strong song from I've been expecting you overall.

      Rating From Me: 4/5

      Grace:
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      Well Grace has a very catchy tune to it. It really sounds like a sixties TV series theme tune really, but it is good. Well I like it. It is not one of the better songs from Robbie, but it is likable. Grace tells a story of "apparently" the aborted child that his ex-girlfriend got rid off and it really hurt him inside, so he wrote this song about his baby and how he felt at that time. It does not have a sad tune to it though 'surprisingly'. Grace has a steady beat throughout it and is quite good to listen to. Grace is a short track from this album which is sang well by Robbie also.

      Rating From Me: 3/5

      Jesus In A Camper Van:
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      Well Jesus in a camper van is a good song from this album in my opinion. I love this witty and catchy tune it has to it a lot. It has a great guitar introduction and a very steady moving pace to it. It will have you swaying and tapping your feet to it as soon as you here it. It was not released off "I've been expecting you" and into the charts, but it is another strong song on this album that I personally like. Robbie tells a story about being on drugs, struggling to stay away from them and is sending us all out a warning really. It is put together nicely, sang well by Robbie and is a good track on this album also. There is a slight theme of vanity and religion to this track also, but it is cleverly worded in it's lyrics.

      Rating From Me: 3/5

      Heaven From Here:
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      Heaven From Here is beautifully sang by Robbie. I love this song a lot. It is a gentle flowing and sad song that was not released from "I've been expecting you", but is an excellent filler indeed. It really is beautiful. It starts off with a gentle guitar tune and Robbie singing a beautiful story of loving someone and protecting them from everything bad really. It is not a depressing song, but it has been played at funerals a lot that I have been to. This really is one of Robbie's most beautiful songs he has produced and also sang. I could listen and sing to this tune all day long. It really is one of the better songs from this album and is a real pleasure to listen to overall.

      Rating From Me: 5/5

      Karma Killer;
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      Well this certainly is totally different from the last track. This is another excellent, loud, fast moving rock/pop song with excellent guitar riffs, loud steady drum beats and beautiful orchestra sounds going on throughout it. Wow! I love this track a lot on this album. This was not released either into the charts, but it would have been a big hit for Robbie. It has a brilliant chorus to it that you really will shout (not sing) along to. Robbie screams this out perfectly. I love it! A real loud, strong worded, Rock type of song that's different in style from what Robbie usually chooses, but more of this from him would be great! Karma Killer tells a story of saying all you want to say to an ex or someone you hate really. A great line for example is "I hope you choke on your Bacardi and coke" I love it! This song will make you feel great inside after listening to it. It has your pulse racing along to this. It is excellent! Another very strong and likable track on the I've Been Expecting you album.

      Rating From Me: 5/5

      She's The One:
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      This has to be one of Robbie's best ever songs. It is excellent! Well it is not a song written by Robbie (for once though) This song is by Karl Wallinger. Robbie was in Rehab when he first heard this track and fell in love with it. Well this song was released into the UK charts and went straight to number one. You will see why though if you listen to this. It is a beautiful, slow love ballad that is sang perfectly by Robbie himself. It starts off with a beautiful piano introduction that is steadily played and then joined vocally by Robbie. It is slow placed in rhythm until it hit's the chorus and then gradually builds up to a faster (but beautiful) moving tune. The chorus is very catchy and lifts this song in emotion from being quite sad really to a more warm-hearted and feel good one. I love it a lot. The best track on this album in my opinion and a very successful and popular one by Robbie also.

      Rating By Me: 5/5

      Man Machine:
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      Man Machine was not released from I've Been Expecting You. It should nave been though as it is brilliant! It is a great catchy track that has a great drum beat introduction, a good steady pace and excellent lyrics to it that I personally love. It's another rock type of song from Robbie that's quite loud. I love the electro guitar sounds throughout this song also. Well Robbie shouts out the lyrics to Man Machine rather than singing it. It's great to listen to though. It tells a witty story of being A Man Machine and I think it is about drugs and crime really as it was used in the Movie "Lock, Stock and two smoking Barrels" Well it is very catchy and has me singing and pretend guitar strumming along to it every time. A great track on this album I thoroughly enjoy!

      Rating From Me: 5/5

      These Dreams:
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      These Dreams is another excellent and strong track from "I've Been Expecting You" that I love listening to. It is a slow moving song that has a beautiful background tune to it. It is well written and put together also. The introduction has a lovely guitar melody and lighter drum sounds. It is a relaxing song that's sang beautifully by Robbie. It really is quite a haunting tune to me and tells a sad story of thinking about bad times in your life, but also about dreaming of better ones tomorrow instead. I love the lyrics to this song a lot and with the accompanying background sounds it really makes this a beautiful piece of music overall. A very strong tack on "I've been expecting you" that was not released in the charts, but should be heard. It is excellent!

      Rating From Me: 5/5

      The Two hidden tracks are also very good also on I've Been Expecting You. I will leave them out as a surprise for you though if you have not bought the album.

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      My Overall Opinion Of This Album:
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      I've Been Expecting You really is a very strong album by Robbie Williams and I personally think it is one of his best. All the tracks onboard it are all very likable and well put together. Robbie always seems to talk about the obvious, but he also has this ability to make all of his work original and still keep it very interesting. That's what I like about him. He is unique and it shows on this album. There really is top song writing on this album indeed! I've been expecting you is certainly full of likable pop music. Robbie will not of course appeal to everyone though, but for anyone that does like him and has not got this album, then I strongly recommend adding it to your collection. It will not disappoint you at all.

      There is very few albums that I have that I can put on and listen to without skipping a few tracks out that I do not like. Well with I've been expecting I do not have to do this. I honestly love all the songs included. They are all different, likable and very catchy. Robbie sings well on this album also and sings with pure emotion every time. This has to be one of his best albums in my opinion. I have all of them and this one does stand out with me.

      I've Been Expecting You is also quite a fun album, an enjoyable album and one that will play on all your emotions, but I feel it leaves me feeling good inside after listening to it. It really is sing-a-long quality, which drips in feeling. There is no stand out track to me though on it because all the songs are great. Honestly. I love them all! A great album overall that's lyrics weave in and out of themes that make it a real easy listening one, keeps it very interesting throughout it and will want you playing it over again when it finishes. Twelve excellent quality songs that are a pleasure to listen to. This album is highly recommended by me and gets a full 5/5.

      I've Been Expecting You can be bought quite cheaply from Amazon at the moment for under £5.00. This really is a great price for top Robbie Williams music and it should be added to your collection if you like his music style.

      ©hildas/hillhead.

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        24.02.2009 13:25
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        pleasing pop

        He is one of those artists you quite want to slap but also can tolerate in small doses. I don't mind a small bit of the Robster, but too much can get annoying. This album is one of his finer moments.

        Who is he:

        Former member of Take That, has been quiet the last few months, but has sold millions of albums as a solo artist.

        On this album:

        The starter is 'Strong' which is a somewhat dreary affair and would not have been my opener. His vocals are fine, if not a little droney on this one. The subject material is all about him not being as strong as people think he is, engaging lyrics but the melody is bland and leaves me cold. Much better is 'Millenium' which samples 'You Only Live Twice' and uses it to dramatic effect. This is more anthemic and finds Robbie in a commanding and almost jovial mood.

        Highlights:

        Dip into the amusing 'Jesus In A Camper Van' where the lyrics perhaps overshadow a rather warm and endearing melody, a touching little track with more restrained vocals here. 'She's The One' is a lovely ballad, carried off with understated male bravado by Robbie. He does have a tender side and this is allowed to shine through here, resulting in a surprisingly affectionate sounding song.

        Avoid:

        The clunky nature of 'Man Machine' was not to my liking. All noise and not enough melodic charm. It is one I tend to skip on the album.

        Overall:

        12 tracks, a smart set of artwork and generally pleasing songs, with one or two exceptions.

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          After doing well with "Life Thru A Lens" and making chart history with "Angels", Robbie was tipped for the top. He has reached it and exceeded it. Robbie's development and improvement in his music is clear and his varying styles and approaches to his songs means there is something for everyone on this album. It opens with the acoustic guitar strum "Strong". It's a good song to start with as it has a lot of energy and no particular style - it's not happy, sad, angry, loud etc. It could appeal to anyone. Of course, his chart topper "Millennium" features. The song which has a significant James Bond feel to it with that familiar intro which sounds a bit like the "You Only Live Twice" themetune and the video where Robbie dresses up like Bond. Robbie also put on a song ("Win Some Lose Some") he wrote about his girlfriend at the time, Nicole Appleton. She features at the beginning and end of the track going "I love you babyyyy". It's a good song with heaps of energy and some nice bits of guitar. "Heaven From Here" is Robbie's sad, soulful song. It is beautiful and if you are upset it could easily make you cry. "Karma Killer" is actually quite a frightening song. With lots of loud, fast electric guitar and Robbie yelling over the top "I hope you choke on your Bacardi and Coke" made me decide that if I ever meet the man, I'll try hard not to upset him. "She's The One" features near the end of the album. The song with the famous award-winning ice-skating video. It is cleverly written, starting with the gentle lovey-dovey bit which transforms into the cheerful "when you get to where you wanna go" happy bit. A truly brilliant song. "I've Been Expecting You" is an absolutely fantastic album which certainly has some of Robbie's best songs on it. With a good mixt
          ure and variety of styles, there is something for everybody. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

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            This is the second album from Robbie Williams and follows hot on the heels of his debut solo cd, Life Thru A Lens. Of course after the first one everyone has certain expectations for this one, which actually in the main are met quite well. This includes the hit singles Millenium, Strong, She's The One and No Regrets. Millenium is the massive hit that Robbie had just in time (!!) for the millenium eve celebrations. it packs old fashioned musical quality with a traditional style of vocal reminiscent more of Tom Jones than Take That.... She's the One is an excellent track containing a level of emotion rearely given by Williams tracks, more in line with his moodier Angels. With all these hit songs you are delivered enough to make the album worthwhile, however he surpasses himself by coming through with even more for the rest of the album. Jesus in a Camper Van is probably my favourtie song, as it has really quirky lyrics whilst also having great music to back it up. Another great track is Win Some Lose Some which also has excellent pop sounds, with more of a sing-along style to the vocals. If you like Robbie at all, then you should have this! I do have to say the first album is better, and part of that might be just that it was first.... Highly recommended.

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            Robbie Williams well what can I say. My hands go numb so I cannot type. He is good looking, cheeky a charmer and one fantastic musician. He came from Take That who I have to be honest I didn't like very much at all. I was really pleased when he made the break and especially when he fought off all the problems and the press to release his great songs. I was bought this album as a Christmas Present by my husband who knows me well enough now to get me presents that will please me. What an album. It has hit after hit and you really don't stop singing. I am surprised I haven't worn this CD out by now and I am not nor will I ever be bored with it. Now we have the long awaited Rock DJ which I could listen to over and over. The video was gruesome but fantastic in only a way that Robbie Williams could have done. He strips and then strips his skin and body parts then start to fly around. My favourate bit apart from seeing him dance around in his pants was the ending when a text message came up saying that No Robbies were hurt during filming of this video. A typical humourous remark on a Robbie song. My son who is not quite four absolutely loves Rock DJ and it has to be turned up full blast whenever it comes on the TV or Radio. So now I am off out to get the Sing when you are winning album. Which I am sure will be every bit a success as his last album WELL DONE ROBBIE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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              What can I say? - What a guy, he just keeps doing it! One great song after another. When will he stop? will he ever? I didnt used to like him. Mostly because of take that but never mind. Since he has been solo i have liked every song he has done. Rock DJ, millenium and no regrets are just some of them. He somehow gets a mix between pop and romance. i dont know how he does it, but just keep doin it boy! Thumbs up to him!

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              I’ve Been Expecting You, Robbie Williams’ second CD as a solo artist is an excellent album. It has the songs She’s the One, Strong, Millenium, and also contains two extra songs which follow after the 12th track, which are an added bonus. It follows the high standards that he set himself in creating Life Thru’ a Lens. He has followed on from this album with another number one hit, Rock DJ. It looks like his new album is going to be a must have for all fans.

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              Robbie's second album entitled 'i've been expecting you' is personally my favourite of all his 3 albums - although his latest 'sing when you're winning' is rapidly growing on me. 'I've been expecting you is a tremendous album which shows how Robbie's talent has progressed since his days in Take That, and definitely gives him the crown of king Robbie. Containing the hit songs:- Strong, she's the one, no regrets(with the Pet shop boys),man machine(used in the film Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels) and an excellent number entitled Jesus in a camper van make this album an all time great and definitely worth buying.

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 Strong
            2 No Regrets
            3 Millenium
            4 Phoenix From The Flames
            5 Win Some Lose Some
            6 Grace
            7 Jesus in a Camper Van
            8 Heaven From Here
            9 Karma Killer
            10 Shes The One
            11 Man Machine
            12 These Dreams