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Robbie Williams featuring Take That NOT Take That
on 7 July 2011
If you love Robbie Williams & his solo music more than you like/love Take That & the other individual members, then in my opinion this album is a great addition to your Robbie collection. However, I am first & foremost a Take That fan & can take or leave Robbie (& increasingly I believe he has had too much input since his reunion with Take That with detrimental effects). Therefore I found Progressed (& its very lucrative but 8-songs-shorter recent predecessor Progress) both rather disappointing.
There are still some good songs on offer (my favourites are Don't Say Goodbye, The Flood, Happy Now, What Do You Want From Me? & 8 Letters). But for the 1st time in Take That's career, which I have followed from the start, I can think of only two - The Flood & Don't Say Goodbye - which I found particularly memorable. More than half the songs on both the shorter & longer versions of the album were so heavily 'Robbie' I could barely detect the input of the others, especially Gary Barlow. Only a few songs involved lead vocals for the others.
All in all I would say that it was OK as a Robbie album, but in my opinion, sadly it is by far the worst album Take That have ever done.