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Circus [Import]

Take ThatAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Take That are an English five-piece pop-rock band consisting of Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Robbie Williams. Barlow acts as the group's main singer songwriter. Formed in Manchester in 1990, the band achieved major success, selling more than 25 million records between 1991–96 alone before disbanding.[1] In 2005 the group reformed without Williams and ... Read more in Amazon's Take That Store

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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B001IA46DI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,781 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Garden
2. Greatest Day
3. Hello
4. Said It All
5. Julie
6. The Circus
7. How Did It Come to This
8. Up All Night
9. What Is Love
10. You
11. Hold Up a Light
12. Here/She Said

Editorial Reviews

Limited hardback deluxe edition of the 2008 album from the mega-selling British boy band with a special 48 page booklet with exclusive behind the scenes photos from the recording of the album. After successfully effecting one of the greatest Pop comebacks in history, Take That release their fifth studio album, the second after their return. Led, as ever, by the songwriting talents of svengali Gary Barlow, this release is similarly epic and romantic to its predecessor (2006's Beautiful World), with songs such as 'What Is Love', 'How Did It Come To This' and the single 'Greatest Day' standing out most. Producer John Shanks returns for a second collaboration with the boys, repeating the success of his work with them on Beautiful World. Universal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful World part II December 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
UK quartet Take That are 2 albums into their phenomenal comeback. Following their "Beautiful world" CD which sold over 2 million copies in the UK alone, they decide not to tinkle too much with that albums winning formula. Loads of sixties sounding Beatles-style Pop/Rock numbers and ELO-style harmonies a-plenty. So far, it seems the decision has paid off; lead-off single "Greatest day" became their 11th UK #1, and the CD just topped the UK album charts with the third all time best first week sales behind Oasis and Coldplay, leaving Britney's same titled, same day released album trailing in their wake.

And the music? Not a wide deviation from its predecessor which is good and bad. The good? The towering opening piano ballad "The garden", the jaunty Beatles-esque "Hello", the Lennon-like ballad "Julie" (with a "Sha la la la" refrain), the tender theatrical piano ballad "The circus", the angst laden but sunny "How did it come to this" (rumoured to be about Amy Winehouse), the upbeat "Hold up a light", and hidden cut, the Latin-tinged "She said" (on which they sound like they are having so much fun).

Standouts are a pair of ballads; the stunning piano ballad "What is love" (lead vocals by Howard and deep questioning lyrics), and "You" (nice wall of harmonies).

Now the bad. The rest of the songs are largely safe and forgettable, and I feel they need some more edginess; guitars, synths, something. Not that fans are complaining though! Three and a half stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album and brilliant live show August 20, 2010
Format:Audio CD
This album is really good and has the third biggest ever opening week sales in UK chart history behind Oasis and Coldplay showing how loved and respected this pop band is.

Love Said It All and Greatest Day and all the other songs. Yes Mark takes lead on a lot of songs and i would have liked more from Howard and Jason although they do get their moment to shine on the album. Think the contrast of vocals between Gary and Mark works really well on Said it all. Again this album has sold millions of copies in the UK and is one of the biggest selling of all time in Britain. The Circus tour to accompany this was amazing and hailed as one of the best live shows by the media.

2nd best selling album of 2008 and 13th in 2009 in the UK.

Album: UK#1

1.The Garden: UK#97 (not released in UK charted on strength of downloads),
2.Greatest Day: UK#1,
4.Said It All: UK#9,
8.Up All Night: UK#14.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Age of the "Man Band" has arrived December 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The term "boy band" has unfortunately gotten a bad rap in today's fast changing world. It's an abusive label that has been placed on music groups who all sing but typically don't play instruments. Because the most popular outfits were young male teens or twentyish guys singing popish, bubblegum, R&B tracks then that's the image people forced on these groups. Sadly, these groups are often criticized for being flavor of the month acts who just crank out these syrupy songs aimed at teenage girls and are not serious musicians with longevity in the industry. That may be true for some groups but there are some artists who do take their music seriously and are each talented in their own right and also have the ability to stay on top.

Take That are one those rare bands that started out as a 90's pop sensation in the UK and then disbanded in 1996 only to make a successful comeback 10 years later. With their new album going #1 in the UK, it's almost like they never left except their music has evolved to a more Beatle-esque meets Coldplay sound. I guess if you had to put a label on them, it would be "Man Band." The lads from Manchester have found a winning formula that keeps all members involved in the singing and songwriting process. The downside is that it has divided some loyal fans into 2 camps. One camp wants the band to keep their old pop formula and have Gary Barlow sing all the songs. The other camp are the ones embracing the new direction and were probably fans who favored more songs with Mark Owen and Robbie Williams back in the day. Fans of the former camp will likely be disappointed in how little Barlow is on this album and how many songs Owen gets this time round. Thus the problem with bands like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album December 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful follow up to "Beautifyl World". A great collaborations of all 4 members in each song makes each song unique . They are truly a versatile modern group that caters to everyone .
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's Barlow...? December 25, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Barlow lends his voice to only a few songs, which is the first thing wrong with this album.
Also, it doesn't seem that John Shanks has written a single song on this. I follow Shanks' music endeavors because the songs he writes are so good, such as "Patience" by Take That a few years ago. There doesn't seem to be any of that here.
While the album is still good, my favourite track being "Where Is The Love", it doesn't seem to hold the same style of song as "Beautiful World", which is disappointing. There's no real stand-out songs on this.

But still, it's an enjoyable album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool songs and a cool Album November 5, 2013
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nice Cd good songs and i never like them when i was younger but now the are older i respect them more for what they have completed in their lives
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Pop Delight
Take That will never be "hip" like other pop artists (at least in the States), but the music is just as good (if not better) than many of the recently reunited bands of the... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dana Severson
4.0 out of 5 stars Talented Group
I find the musical styling of this U.K. group to be entertaining and enduring. I recommend this album to pop fans.
Published 17 months ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Innovative + Listenable
Take That's "The Circus" is simply one of the best albums I've heard in recent memory. They have written all the songs themselves with the help of John Shanks, and while... Read more
Published 18 months ago by HS
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
This is usually in my car autochanger, a great reminder of that wonderful opening night of the circus tour , in Sunderland 2009! Read more
Published on September 18, 2011 by lady in red
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete album of enjoyable tunes from TT
A brilliant follow up to 2006's Beautiful World - The Circus is definitely Take That's best album as a collective work. Read more
Published on July 27, 2009 by Killing Time
4.0 out of 5 stars The Circus is great!
I really like Circus it was out awhile before I finally purchased it, but it is great. The guys have really grown since the early days, and when I heard their last record... Read more
Published on July 8, 2009 by Antonio L. Patton
4.0 out of 5 stars Sounds good to me...
I have never been a fan of 'boy bands' but these four lads have grown up and made a fun, mature CD full of music I want to listen to.
Published on June 2, 2009 by Elm Grove Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Adult Pop with Teen Pop Echoes
Overall, unlike some other listeners, I like this album better than "Beautiful World," which seemed bogged down by a number of undistinguished ballads. Read more
Published on May 17, 2009 by Tyro
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Unlike others who complain about too much Mark Owen's voice on the album, I really enjoyed his songs. I can't imagine Gary Barlow singing those songs (Up all Night, Hello). Read more
Published on March 13, 2009 by N. Gviniashvili
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't by it if you're looking for J. Shanks
After the dissolution of TT, back in 1996, Barlow said : "I was always the least popular member of the band". Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by Brandt Raphael
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