Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm at a Point in My Life When I'm Very Grateful; Robbie Williams Is a Member of Take That, and One of Britain's Biggest Solo Artists. His Tenth Album Swings Both Ways Topped the Chart Last Month. Here He Chats about the Joys of Family Life and Just How Much He Has Changed over the Years

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I'm at a Point in My Life When I'm Very Grateful; Robbie Williams Is a Member of Take That, and One of Britain's Biggest Solo Artists. His Tenth Album Swings Both Ways Topped the Chart Last Month. Here He Chats about the Joys of Family Life and Just How Much He Has Changed over the Years

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Have you been enjoying yourself lately? I'VE been having some of the best weeks ever. Unbelievable. The sales are just blowing my mind, I can't believe how this new album has caught people's attention.

This is the follow-up to Swing When You're Winning, in 2001, your biggest-selling album. Why didn't you just do another swing record straight after that? I'D get bored. I wasn't tempted at the time. I don't think I've ever done too many things in a row that are similar.

I came back with Reality Killed The Video Star with Trevor Horn, then went to do Progress with Take That, then Take The Crown, a very pop album, and now swing again.

I change things around, do different things, and I'm at a stage when everything has to be different and have a purpose. People are used to me so I have to recapture their imagination. And mine, too. The last swing album was all covers apart from one song, but I had too many covers knocking around. It's very different to the last swing album even, which has five covers on it.

Do you write swing songs, or write them then arrange them as swing songs? WRITING is my hobby, so there's no genre I won't trouble. I might write, for want of a better expression, a Britpop song one morning, then something from a musical in the evening, the day after that, a country song. I don't think about what style I'm writing, it just comes out.

I've written about 100 songs in the past 18 months to two years, so musically they're all over the place depending on what I've been inspired by or been interested in.

The sales are going through the roof. How much does that still mean? MORE than anything, and more than ever. The first time it all took off, there was an intense spotlight which made enjoyment difficult.

The thing that I was doing for my living caused all sorts of mad stuff to happen, so I was a bit ungrateful and took it for granted. Now, my life is a lot different. There's space for me in the world to do whatever I want to, whenever I want to, and I don't get any grief. …

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