• Record Label: Capitol
  • Release Date: Oct 3, 2000
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 'Winning'' is a winner, offering ample reason for connoisseurs of great pop to rejoice, whatever their age. Alternately wistful and witty, introspective and invigorating, it's arguably even better than ''The Ego Has Landed,'' Williams' 1999 Stateside calling card.
  2. Alternative Press
    80
    Sing When You're Winning is as powerful as you want, as lovely as your dreams and as subtle as the best practical joke. [12/2000, p.121]
  3. The always brash, often emotionally affecting Williams displays marked growth as a lyricist, zapping tunes like the fiery first single "Rock DJ" with enough clever twists to make the mind happily reel.
  4. A fresh production eye might have rescued its weaker segments - Love Calling Earth or the dull By All Means Necessary - and its surprising lack of overall oomph.
  5. On his second U.S. album, Williams and collaborator Guy Chambers achieve an audio spectacle showcasing their melodic wit and stylistic valor.
  6. 70
    This is undoubtedly his best record...
  7. The largely pleasant new Sing When You're Winning offers up more of the same, material for an alternate-universe Top 40 aimed at twentysomethings rather than the orthodontia crowd.
  8. 60
    It's a tribute to Williams' almost delusional self-confidence that he sounds equally at home no matter what the musical form; he invests each track with an energy many of them don't deserve.
  9. Despite another notable drop in songwriting from its predecessor, Sing When You're Winning ultimately succeeds, and most of the credit must go to Robbie Williams himself. Amidst a raft of overly familiar arrangements and lyrical themes, Williams proves the consummate entertainer by delivering powerful, engaging vocals...
  10. Nearly everything Robbie Williams writes is some kind of confessional and here it doesn't quite come off. There just isn't the sufficient depth of him in it to make it work.
  11. Spin
    50
    A collection of workmanlike whimsy... [12/2000, p.225]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 40
  2. Negative: 3 out of 40
  1. May 19, 2012
    9
    Essential Robbie, this album really is singing when winning. It's very cohesive and displays Robbie's wonderful voice and personality. MaybeEssential Robbie, this album really is singing when winning. It's very cohesive and displays Robbie's wonderful voice and personality. Maybe his best so far. Full Review »
  2. ChrisF
    Jul 21, 2006
    10
    This is a great album, its the album that got me started on the great man's music.
  3. killaben
    Jan 11, 2006
    10
    A masterwork.