Toronto – Maybe it was because I was in England last month, but I felt compelled to do a track by track “review” of the new Take That album, which was everywhere in London the week we were there. The big news with Take That was that Robbie Williams was now back in the band. Having said that, even though they were the British equivalent of New Kids on the Block, I think the only song I’ve actually heard of theirs was Back For Good, which everyone growing up in the 90s has heard of.
Here is my track by track read on the new album, which well, has done really well sales wise.
The Flood – The lead single and track off the new Take That album, it’s what you would expect. Rousing chorus and quite a catchy pop tune.
SOS – Wasn’t there a Rihanna song called SOS? This one has a frenetic pace to it, but I think I’ve heard a few songs with the title SOS before, so this pop song sounds a bit tired. There’s some audio sample of some person talking about administration during the song, so maybe it’s a political song? I can’t quite tell. I can see this song making the rounds in the clubs though, it’s got quite the pulsating beat. I don’t know who the other dude singing in this song is, but he probably shouldn’t.
Wait – To start off this track, Robbie William does his semi rap thing to a dj beat that sounds a lot like the beats he used on Sing When You’re Winning album. He needs to stop doing the semi rap thing. I guess this track has a catchy chorus.
Kidz – I’m pretty sure Robbie Williams has a single out already with Kylie Minogue entitled Kids, so this is pretty unoriginal and lazy track naming. “There’ll be trouble when the Kids come out” Gary Barlow says, nice to know he’s one of those old geezers who shakes his fists at young people already. They borrow from the Brett Anderson ‘La La La La’ playbook to end the song, but this song seems to try a bit hard to sound like a hard electro-tinged cautionary pop song for my liking.
Pretty Things – I struggle to find one good thing to say about this song. It’s not catchy, the lyrics are stupid, and the singing isn’t the greatest. If I was a 14 year old girl attending a Take That concert, this is my bathroom break.
Happy Now – Pretty generic track with an electro dance beat. Doesn’t make me happy or sad.
Underground Machine – My mind drifted off while listening to this track, starting looking up flights online for some reason. Maybe I want to escape this album, maybe it’s inspiring me to do what I want, maybe I have ADD. I don’t know.
What Do You Want From Me – I just don’t like Mark Owens voice, even if this song has a nice epic buildup and sounds like a what a Black Eye Peas song would sound like if they weren’t complete douchebags.
Affirmation – meh
Eight Letters – I like the drums on this song, it’s a calm little ditty to end off a pretty listenable album.
Having no prior experience with any Take That album, I would say that the band has definitely progress from typical boy band material, especially lyric wise. I am glad they didn’t do the whole ‘lets party in the club thing’, because c’mon man, these guys are in their 40s and the only club they go to is a bridge club. I guess this is what a mature boy band should sound like but they really shouldn’t let the weaker singers contribute much, I mean, I’m pretty sure all the bsb/nysnc/nkotb bands had members that didn’t even sing any song.