Oh Take That! I’m so disappointed – opportunities to resurrect your career do not come along that often for ex-boyband members, and rarely for the full band. With all the good will surrounding their return to centre stage and the lessons learned from the individual solo attempts, you would have thought that they would have pushed the boat out and not been so, well, boring.
Listening to a promo copy of Beautiful World, the core market seems to be less the fans that have now grown up into adults, but the mothers of the aforementioned fans.
Apart from the three tracks where Mark Owen takes lead vocals (the tracks in question are probably the most interesting tracks on the album, and sound like outtakes from his solo efforts), the album sounds like a poor man’s James Blunt – or put another way, the sort of material that was Gary’s downfall the first time round.
It’s a pity that a band that seemed like they were having so much fun reliving their youth earlier this year have decided to take the safe, predictable route which will be unlikley to give them the longevity they so desire – especially when bands like Westlife do it so much better.
I can only hope that Polydor gives them a third chance at the apple, it would be a shame for Beautiful World to be the legacy of their return.
MP3: Take That – Like I Never Love You At All (expired)
MP3: Take That – Shine (expired)
MP3: Take That – What You Believe In (expired)