Robbie Williams

Single Review: Robbie Williams – ‘Party Like a Russian’

Published On September 30, 2016 | By Michael Smith | Music, Singles & EP's

Following on from the release of his swing music album Swings Both Ways in 2013 and signing a new deal with Sony Music earlier this year, Robbie Williams is set to return with his eleventh album Heavy Entertainment Show very soon. The latest single, Party Like a Russian, showcases his return to pop music, though not in an entirely convincing way.

Robbie Williams Heavy Entertainment ShowParty Like a Russian starts suddenly, and never really changes its pace. Its plodding beat and one note piano line set up a consistent track, with its Russian-style strings and choir vocals tying into the title. It’s an oddball little pop song, with a foreign vibe and mid-tempo style that suits the chosen elements of the track well, but doesn’t do much to help it stand out. Its lyrics, however, are the defining feature; as a takedown aimed at Vladimir Putin, it features a tongue in cheek edge that allows the entire package to come together and make sense.

There are some interesting ideas behind Party Like a Russian, but it’s largely a single that’s a little too oddball for its own good. It’s memorable as a lead single, and not necessarily in a bad way; it’s an of the moment jab at a controversial political figure that succeeds as a denouncement of his character, but doesn’t do much to hype the album it comes from.

2.5 / 5 stars     

About The Author

::: Michael is a long-time writer of both critical and fictional work, a video game geek and a lifelong appreciator of music. Despite being a fan of all genres of music, the Pop and Electronic genres make up most of his personal library, including music from countries such as France and Japan. He’s spent more money importing albums than most would spend on music in their entire lives!

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