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Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen have announced their new studio album III.

This is the first time Take That have written and recorded as a three and with that new dynamic has come a new sound; this time around choosing an eclectic mix of producers to work on the album:Greg Kurstin (Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence, Lykke Li - I Never Learn, Katy Perry - Prism), John Shanks (Take ... Read more in Amazon's Take That Store

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  • Audio CD (28 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B001JCDWAS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Garden
2. Greatest Day
3. Hello
4. Said It All
5. Julie
6. The 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

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Utwory: 1. The Garden 2. Greatest Day 3. Hello 4. Said It All 5. Julie 6. The 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

BBC Review

Staging a comeback far bigger than any of us could have imagined, it's now time for Take That - The Man Band to release their 2nd album since returning to their adoring fanbase looking slightly crinkly. Circus, coincidentally released on the same day as Britney's album of the same name, is it, and we're pleased to report it's pretty damn amazing.

Modern day Take That are like the drama faces of Melpomene and Thalia. Gary Barlow, the graceful swan of the group, is cementing his position as the country's premier pop writer by dripping tragedy over soaring, epic ballads. Melancholy lament What Is Love has Howard shining on lead vocals, questioning 'the science of fate' while title track The Circus says it best with "I'm the only clown you'll ever know. I love you was too many words to say". The brilliant Rule The World might be hard to top but opening track The Garden and the perky Hold Up The Light have that same magical feel. With songs like this, we're left curious why they went with the relatively lacklustre Greatest Day as lead single.

Then there's Mark Owen, representing comedy, still happily bouncing about like Clementine was as big a hit as it should have been and creating adorable upbeat pop songs Paul McCartney would be proud to sing. If Morrisons have ruined Shine for you, then the cheeky Hello will happily take its place in your heart. Julie puts Mark in story telling mode and almost feels like a sequel to Babe, but the real highlight is the utterly catchy Up All Night complete with a proper oom pah pah band and skip down the street chorus - we can just imagine the video with Take That clad in drummer outfits with big shiny silver buttons.

A stunning album, Take That are the vintage champagne of pop fizzing with playful bubbles and happily maturing with age. --Talia Kraines

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Jenkins on 1 Dec 2009
Format: Audio CD
As mature and cosy as the Marks & Sparks jumpers they model, The Circus is further consolidation of the Take That boys as an 'adult' band, unlikely to return to campy disco or cheast bearing antics any time soon. And it suits them well, particularly Barlow, whose proclivity for sensitively written, singer-songwriterly ballads always left him looking a little old before his time in the Robbie days.

Liberated to write grown up material for grown ups, he looks much more comfortable, and the combination of quirky, Beatlesy melodies, Coldplay sized stadium grandeur and heart on sleeve sentiment here works very well. It's not just the Gary Barlow show either. This is satisfyingly democratic album, with even Howard and Jason acquiting themselves well on lead vox for How Did It Come to This and What Is Love, and making you wonder why someone sees fit to turn them down so low in the mix the rest of the time.

It might be a little hyperbolic to call it the most convincing transition from teenyboppers to a grown up band since the Fab Four themselves. But it's certainly more emphatic than a band like Backstreet Boys, whose idea of growth appears to be to churn out increasingly bloodless versions of their old hits, while dressing like men in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Hunt on 15 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Track by track after two weeks listening:
The Garden: Draws you in and makes you feel good to be alive. Would have been a great Christmas single.
Greatest Day: A nice homage to U2 (Where the Streets Have no Name.) Liked it the first time I heard it. Still do.
Hello: Not convinced to begin with. Driving down the motorway in the sunshine, it was suddenly a great singalong track.
Said it All: Gorgeous. Nuff Said.
Julie: Felt sad about something at work. Listened to 'Julie'. Felt happy again.
The Circus: Beautiful in its simplicity
How Did it Come to This: Autobiographical? A great performance of a cleverly worded track. One of my favourites.
Up All Night: Fabulous live
What Is Love: Howard comes precariously close to perfection with this one.
You: The only track I have yet to warm to. Too formulaic for me. Sorry!
Hold up a light: Not my favourite vocal but it'll be a killer live then a great memory thereafter.
Here: Fab-u-lous. Play it on repeat.
She said: A Strictly special. Simply lovely and great fun.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Whyatt on 7 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
As a fifty something brought up on The Beatles I am not your typical Take That fan, but despite this, I have always liked them, especially since the comeback.

This is a terrific album - great songs, beautifully sung, beautifully performed, beautifully produced - a triumph.

It is actually more Coldplay that the Take That of Roobie era fame.

Open your mind and enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt (Toronto) on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
After the phenomenal success of "Beautiful World" in 2006, I figured it virtually impossible to match, or even come close, in a second outing. I was wrong. Although "The Circus" is different both in approach, and overall vibe, it stays true to the intensely strong talent behind it. Between the brilliant songwriting by all four members, to the fantastic production by John Shanks, this album is a natural progression on the continuing path of Take That. I am totally thankful to have the group back making beautiful, epic music again. Whenever I can't find the words, these guys seem take them right out of my mouth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tim J on 18 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
Had this album on Christmas Day 2008 and have honestly played at least a couple of tracks from it every day since.

I have to be honest and say that I've always loved Take That, but when I first heard 'The Garden' I was almost too excited to speak! Fabulous singing by both Mark and Gary and a great introduction to the album. It just gets better from there with no dud tracks and plenty to bring pleasure to all.

At first, I was disappointed that there was too little Gary and too much Mark on the album, but this has changed with time and I now fully appreciate Mark's input and singing which adds further depth to the album and reminds me that the best 'boy band' (The Beatles) shared vocals. Anyway, with this album we can finally throw away the awful 'boy band' tag - this is in a league of its' own.

When I listen to Take That, I know why I love Britain and I know why the boys are a national treasure which we can all be proud of. If you haven't got this album, then get it now and make sure you get the DVD, too!!! Looking forward to the next album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sophia Gould on 5 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is brilliant! Keep listening to the last tract as there is a hiden song at the end about 2 mins after the last tract! Wasn't a fan first time round but certainly am now.All the songs on here are catchy and uplifting, we love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Panayiotou on 1 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD is lovely! Amazon shipped it out incredibly quickly and it arrived in perfect condition. Sound quality is fine. Great price for good music. I need say no more.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 10 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
Following their Beautiful World album couldn't have been an easy feat for Take That - it went eight times platinum in the UK, selling just over 2.5 million copies nationwide. A great achievement for a comeback album - but can their new album do just as well - or is it time for the bubble to burst?

Trust me, the bubble is a long way off bursting for this talented bunch. The Circus is probably the boys most controversial album to date - but not because they sing about something really naughty or go on about politics in their lyrics, but instead because this album is very, very different from their previous efforts.

Whether we like it or not, Take That are older now, more mature and have certainly a lot of experience to help influence them. And it shows. The Circus carries a mature tone throughout the album, but still manages to remind us that they are the fun, lad-like pop singers we fell in love with years ago. Hopefully people who have bracketed them into the "boy band" shelves will stop and listen and just see how appealing their music is nowadays. Yes, it's still pop; yes, it still appeals to their main fan base, but it's a widely enticing album.

Opener, The Garden, is a huge orchestral romp that allows Gary and Mark to do their first big duet together, And it sounds fantastic - Gary takes up the powerful choruses while Mark winds his deep vocals around the versus - they go together well - a new vocal formula is born. Thankfully, they take on the same balance in the fourth track, Said It All, and once again the boys sound brilliant in this very classic Barlow-magic tune.

Obviously we have all probably heard Greatest Day, the current number one, so I won't go on about it.
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