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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (13 Jun 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0051O8Z66
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,690 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. When We Were Young
2. Man
3. Love Love
4. The Day The Work Is Done
5. Beautiful
6. Don't Say Goodbye
7. Aliens
8. Wonderful World
Disc: 2
1. The Flood
2. SOS
3. Wait
4. Kidz
5. Pretty Things
6. Happy Now
7. Underground Machine
8. What Do You Want From Me?
9. Affirmation
10. Eight Letters / Flowerbed

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Progressed is a two-disc repackage of Take That's record-breaking 2010 album Progress, featuring eight new songs. Among the new tracks is the single "Love, Love" which features on the soundtrack to X-Men: First Class.

BBC Review

Upon its November release, Take That's first Robster-assisted record since 1995 became the second-fastest-selling album in British chart history and garnered the one-time professional mop repositories the most positive critical notices of their career. Although it's since sold more than two million copies – a tally only Adele could legitimately wrinkle her schnozzle at – it's also become that most curious of beasts: the buzz-free blockbuster. When was the last time you heard anyone talk about Progress?

Consequently, you can't blame this ten-legged national treasure for trying to remind us that it's more than just the summer's biggest live draw – especially when, for a band playing the album repackage game, Take That are feeling pretty generous. Following a template that Lady Gaga looked to with her Fame Monster reissue, Progressed couples the original 10-track album with a second disc boasting eight brand-new songs.

Aside from nostalgic opener When We Were Young, which harks back to the group's pair of Robbie-free reunion albums, everything here sits comfortably alongside the original Progress chestnuts. Producer Stuart Price supplies the same electro-pop gloss and bombast; Messrs Barlow, Owen and Williams take a fair and square approach towards lead vocals; and the lyrics are frequently as cryptic as they are (unspecifically) apocalyptic. "We're waiting for the universe to end…" goes the hook to Man.

Also present and correct is the sonic spunk that earned Progress its enviable school reports. Love Love stomps like a petulant teenager in platform wedges, Man dips its toes in industrial waters, and Aliens is almost big and barmy enough to fit onto Gaga's Born This Way LP. However, Gary and the lads haven't forgotten about the lump-in-the-throat stuff. Towards the end come Don't Say Goodbye and Wonderful World, Pet Shop Boys-esque electro-ballads with sentiments sufficiently heartfelt and all-encompassing to appeal to anyone from Louis Walsh to Tulisa Contostavlos.

None of the new tracks is as quite as undeniable as Kidz or Happy Now, but neither does Progressed come off like a hodgepodge of offcuts from the original album sessions. Besides, it's hard not to be won over by the band's intentions here. For while Take That do need to sound this big – after all, they've got the movements of a 60ft mechanical man to soundtrack – they don't need to sound this interesting. Whatever the boys are doing to cool Robbie's itchy feet, let's hope they know how to make it last.

--Nick Levine

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By BookFiend on 14 Jun 2011
Format: Audio CD
I love the new sound of Take That - I loved Progress and I'm pleased to say that Progressed has more of the same intriguing, interesting, complex sound with showcasing of vocals from different members of the band and more analysis of their lives, the universe and just about everything else. 'When We Were Young' handles the nostalgia for their 90s heyday, but 'Beautiful' is Barlow's self-eviscerating take on how he should have helped the others avoid some of the lower moments since and cuts even deeper. Like 'Kidz' and 'SOS', 'When the Work is Done' allows Owen to examine some anthropological/social/economic realities in the post-industrial world (how often can you say that of a top ten album?) whilst 'Alien' shows clear influence from Howard Donald's DJ background and 'Love Love' is just stadium-storming pop pomp of the best, hookiest, most ear-worming kind. Yes, it comes with a disc you probably already own but this is not just a bunch of cutting room discards packaged up, it's a serious extension of one of the best albums of the last twelve months and I for one am very glad they decided to release it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 July 2011
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Didn't buy progress as wasn't ready to admit I owned a TT album. Although I loved Flood I couldn't justify it and then this album came out and I thought well it has to be a bargain to get two albums for the price of one

WOW!

This album is mind blowingly brilliant!

Love love on the "new" disc is worth the album price alone, incredible song. Catchy, powerful, pure TT really

Would I buy this is I had already bought progress... I don't know, I think this album was ideally suited to those of us who hadn't

Buy this album, there is a reason the boys are back doing sell out shows night after night. This album is incredible
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert James on 17 Sep 2011
Format: Audio CD
I am not a Take That fan. I find a lot of their work weak and insipid. The fans reading this are now ready to kill me no doubt.
I liked Progress though. My friend had it and I listened to it a lot and found it worked well as a complete album. Kidz and SOS were stand-out for me as I love a big sound. I had no intention of buying the album but I thought 'hmm, they're doing a lot better here'. I wonder if it's Robbie's influence (more controversy, no doubt).
But then they released Love Love, which is the most amazing song of the year. I bought Progressed on the strength of this track and wasn't disappointed. All the tracks are brilliant and the wonderful 'the day the work is done' is beautiful.
Quite simply - buy it. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed with this. The boys have learnt a lot, grown up and put together some brilliant music. Take That are no longer a boy band, but credible artists that have longevity, musical and performance talent to rival old stalwarts like Madonna.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peej Maybe on 19 July 2011
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First and foremost, I'd like to state that I'm not a Take That fan, merely the long-suffering husband of a completely manic one. I took my wife to see Take That perform at Wembley back on the 30th June and it was an absolutely amazing show. I bought her this album a few days before the gig and it's been spot-welded into the car stereo since (despite my protestations that it might be nice to listen to some of my music from time to time!) Even my three year old daughter loves it (and can eerily name most of the tracks even before the intro has finished).

Progressed is the album Progress should have been. Featuring most of the tracks released as singles (which are, of course, the best tracks) and the upcoming "When we were young", it's pretty listenable stuff even if Take That are still a commercially processed boy band in your opinion.

Killer tracks like "Kids", "The Flood", "Man", and the utterly excellent "Love Love" are standouts but what sticks in the mind is how diverse this is and how unexpected most of the stuff is considering it's by a 'pop' band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 10 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
I do get annoyed when record companies do this. Put the original album out with another disc, making you buy a duplicate of the album. I think progress is a great step forward, changing my mind about take That. I was never a fan of take that first time around, but after Beautiful world, I changed my mind, and the songs are mature and well structured. Progress is a great album, and what ever anyone thinks about Robbie Williams, works well, and has made the group a solid unit. My only criticism, is why could this extra disc not be released as a separate CD, it makes no sense, when Progress (single disc) became the most successful disc of this century, therefore Polydor we all bought it. Shame on you the new disc is good mind you with Love love love but that not the point.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Sep 2014
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Following their reform in 2006, Take That returned with "Beautiful world" and "The circus", both of which featured soft adult pop-rock/folk songs, developing from the pop-orientated material that established and made them a true sensation in the nineties. "Progress" sounds nothing like these 2 albums, being a straight-up electronic record with a more upbeat synth-driven sound. Continuing their way forward, the increasing maturity in lyrics, the beautifully written melodies, the gorgeous vocal harmonies, the experimental and soul-baring qualities, were quite a deparure altogether from the typical Take That style of former records, introducing them to a more adult audience. Singles "The flood" and "When we were young" rank among the group's finest moments, unanimously. Many were initially unpleasantly surprised upon the album's release. However, most soon came round to admitting that this change in sound was rather necessary for them as a band in order to take another leap forward. Inevitably, Robbie Williams' influence was also seen with reserve, causing both positive and negative criticism.

Living up to its title, with "Progress" Take That broke new territory, and some records, too (the second fastest-selling album ever in the UK, and best-selling album of 2010 in Europe). The album is considered to be among Take That's boldest efforts, though it is not their strongest. This, "Progressed", the subsequent re-package enhanced interest (and boosted sales evenmore, resulting in total UK sales of 3 milion!), boasting 8 new tracks, most of them sitting more than comfortably alongside the original 10; a serious extension of this album, rathen than a simple addition to the original set.
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