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Robbie Williams records orchestral versions of hits

By | Published on Wednesday 8 June 2022

Robbie Williams

Robbie Williams has been a solo artist for 25 years now. He should probably do something to mark that milestone. And he has. So that’s a relief for everyone, right?

He’s putting out a greatest hits album, of sorts, called ‘XXV’. I say “of sorts”, because this isn’t just a compilation of previously released tracks. Rather, he’s gone back to the studio and recorded new versions of some old favourites with the Dutch orchestra Metropole Orkest.

“I’m so excited to announce my new album ‘XXV’ which celebrates many of my favourite songs from the past 25 years”, says Williams. “Each track has a special place in my heart so it was a real thrill to record them again with the Metropole Orkest. Can’t wait for you all to hear it”.

Some of you will possibly have noted that it’s actually 26 years since Williams released his debut solo single in 1996, a cover of George Michael’s ‘Freedom’, he having gained his freedom from Take That the previous summer. But apparently we’re counting from 1997, when he released his debut solo album, ‘Life Thru A Lens’ and his first original songs.

The standard version of the album will feature nineteen newly re-recorded tracks. A deluxe edition will bump that up to 29 including a “Beethoven AI” version of ‘Angels’. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Exciting or shit. You decide.

Hedging his bets, Williams has also recorded a non-Beethoven, non-AI new version of ‘Angels’, which will feature on the standard edition. It’s also the first single from the release, and you can watch the video for it here now: