Live at the Alpert

ROBBIE WILLIAMS Live at the Albert (Capitol) Cheeky pop singer Williams swings with a 58-piece big band at London’s Royal Albert Hall in this October 2001 concert, which is equal parts Rat Pack homage, corny music-hall extravaganza, and blatant bid for applause. But while Sinatra hovers as the show’s primary muse, the standout is Williams’ laid-back take on the Dean Martin chestnut “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” Point added for tacking on Williams’ sexy, stylized “Somethin’ Stupid” video with Nicole Kidman. Point subtracted for appearing to credit Bobby Darin gems “Mack the Knife” and “Beyond the Sea” to Sinatra. Now, that’s somethin’ stupid. B- –Beth Johnson

Live at the Alpert
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