The Circus - Take That
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  • Summary: Take That returns with its second album (fifth studio album overall) since their return, again produced by John Shanks.
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  1. The Circus possesses well crafted pop songs, with faultless production. There are certainly moments when Barlow comes into his own as a songwriter.
  2. The Circus isn’t terrible. In fact it’s very listenable; genre-wise it falls somewhere between Beatlesy ballads and Billy Joel’s 'The Piano Man.'
  3. While The Circus will undoubtedly sell bucketloads of copies, it does all become rather samey after a while.
  4. It seems the rejuvenated five have also been listening to Coldplay's "A Rush of Blood to The Head" for inspiration, delivering a set of earnest songs full of chiming guitars and a dozen violins, which should soar through Wembley Stadium when they embark on their stadium tour next summer.
  5. While this circus could have more attractions and you yearn for a flash of lyrical brilliance among the uncomplicated relationship musings, there's no disgrace here and nothing to alienate their audience or embarrass those who grew up with Take That. [Jan 2009, p.117]
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  1. MG.
    Feb 8, 2009
    Love this album. Great harmonies . Great songwriting. It should be released here in the States.
  2. PeterK
    Jan 14, 2009
    Best Take That album. They play better ever before.