Take That - The Circus: Review

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Take That - The Circus: Review

Post by Baz on Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:37 am






Against all the odds, Take That’s 2005 reunion turned out to be a raging success.

Without Robbie Williams, many thought they’d sink like a stone. But while Gazza, Howard, little Mark and Jason scaled the heights, it was superstar Robbie whose career hit the depths.

Skilfully rebranded as a middle-aged man band in a clever TV documentary, they followed it up with a record-breaking tour and an album, Beautiful World, which sold more than any of its predecessors.

The ongoing embarrassment of Mark Owen’s solo career was no more. A dapper Gary Barlow was off the pastries and back on the piano.

Confidently reconvening this April, the lads have delivered a polished follow-up in remarkably quick time. With its giddy highs and orchestral flourishes, musical glitter balls and assorted baubles, The Circus is skillfully stage-managed theatrical pop which succeeds in emphasising both individual personalities and their newly-established group democracy.

The record gives Jason Orange the lead on the glossy but angst-ridden soul-baring How Did It Come To This. Howard holds court on the dazed, shimmering What Is Love and the extravagant billowing Here. See - they aren’t just there to perform stage moves to make your average pole dancer’s eyes water.

Big no-brainer choruses on Julie and Hello spell pop simplicity rather than sophistication.

But they bring a fallible human quality to an album which is all about gilding their strong bond with their original fans.

Take That were never going to be a big hit in hip circles, but these pop clowns maintain their place in the Big Top with a connection more lasting than tastemakers realise.

Up All Night has Simon And Garfunkel-style harmony busking, a McCartney-lite fandango and a special request. "Baby I want you to save me/I should be up all night with you."

It’s an offer their fans will find hard to resist.



Track listing

1. Garden



2. Greatest Day



3. Hello



4. Said It All



5. Julie



6. Circus



7. How Did It Come To This
8. Up All Night



9. What Is Love



10. You



11. Hold Up A Light



12. Here/She Said







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Re: Take That - The Circus: Review

Post by Baz on Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:37 am

And if anyone is thinking of purchasing it, the CD costs just £5.88 in Asda which is a bargain.

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Post by Dave Mercury on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:12 am

Number One next week, probably outselling the others in the top ten combined.
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Post by Baz on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:21 am

That's another story..........

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Post by jackie 46 on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:30 am

Baz wrote:And if anyone is thinking of purchasing it, the CD costs just £5.88 in Asda which is a bargain.


Along with some great food bargains Smile
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Post by Baz on Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:33 am

jackie 46 wrote:
Along with some great food bargains Smile

You know me! Wink

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Post by Godamnsneaky on Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:03 am

Well I'll play all those Take That songs later Laughing

But I'm glad they got around to making another album. They certainly took their time over it.
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Re: Take That - The Circus: Review

Post by Baz on Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:55 am

I have taken a listen and I am not that impressed overall? Couple of tracks stuck out but that's it for me.

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Post by jackie 46 on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:52 am

I liked the old Take That the songs were much better for me.
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Re: Take That - The Circus: Review

Post by Baz on Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:53 am

I really like Greatest Day though.

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