• Record Label: Polydor
  • Release Date: Nov 22, 2010
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 21 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
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  1. Jan 19, 2011
    7
    It kinda took me by surprise to be confronted with an ambitus, determined record suggesting one of the best pop albums of 2010. It ensures the capability of expanding the band's fans and the promise of a greater Take That following album.
  2. Dec 31, 2010
    9
    Take That's Progress is their best album to date. Gary, Mark, Jason and Howard have all unleashed their inner Robbie. But, be warned, it is not the Williams of Angels and Let Me Entertain You, itâ
  3. Dec 18, 2016
    8
    Stuart Price is without doubt, the greatest electronic producer of the last 20 years. Adding his production with Barlow's stylish songwriting gave us one of the most unexpected albums of the year. Take That are known for radio friendly pop music (which is no bad thing), but Progress saw them experiment, get a little weird and non-mainstream, and it worked beautifully.
  4. Jun 15, 2011
    9
    Take That manages to get better with each new album and with Robbie Williams back into the fold, they sound even better. Progress is different from their other albums in that it ventures out into new directions, experimenting with the re-emerging electronica sound that is becoming increasingly popular. Standout songs include "The Flood", "SOS", "Kids", and "Affirmation". This album isTake That manages to get better with each new album and with Robbie Williams back into the fold, they sound even better. Progress is different from their other albums in that it ventures out into new directions, experimenting with the re-emerging electronica sound that is becoming increasingly popular. Standout songs include "The Flood", "SOS", "Kids", and "Affirmation". This album is top-notch not only because of the melodies but also because of the writing, which is lyrical and at times poetic. This is what pop should be! Expand
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80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 70
    There is a tail-off in quality at the end, but every track still has a chorus that Swedish song factories would sell their grannies for and, most of all, there's a sense that Take That are genuinely challenging themselves here.
  2. Q Magazine
    Dec 20, 2010
    80
    Rushes to the head aside, Progress is a triumph musically, conceptually, personally. [Dec 2010, p.100]
  3. Dec 16, 2010
    80
    The real surprise is that this unexpected step from comfy balladry to something more interesting sounds quite natural – the only element that doesn't fit is the free-floatingly doomy lyrics, which foretell unspecified personal and global calamities.