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TAKE THAT BEAUTIFUL WORLD

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It's been a long ten years since Take That disbanded. Their recent reformation and world tour offered overwhelming evidence that, far from being forgotten, the post-Robbie quartet can still command hysterical amounts of goodwill and adoration. Beautiful World illustrates why this is so. Written in conjunction with songwriter/producer John Shanks (Ashlee Simpson, Anastacia, Alanis Morissette), the album is crammed full with the songwriting magic that made their rise to fame so meteoric in the first place. Far from being an exercise in nostalgia, the project moves the band in a slightly new direction. The four come across as more mature, more democratic (all members share songwriting credits on the album, rather than just Barlow), and even more adept at making epic pop that somehow avoids the cheese factor. Lead single "Patience" is a perfect example of how powerful and accessible their songs can be. It'd be a good contender for the album's peak moment if the rest of the tracks weren't so damn good too. With traditional Take That style songs (the immediately likeable "Reach Out", the brimming "Like I Never Loved You At All"), nicely punctuated up by incongruous outings like Jason Orange's folkish "Wooden Boat" and Mark's upbeat, Beatles-esque "Shine", Beautiful World sets a whole new standard for a band previously known more for their singles than their long-players.--Danny McKenna
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 4, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B000KGGB2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,821 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Walters on January 10, 2007
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It takes a couple of repeated listens, but once the songs grow on you the album really pays dividends. Those fans expecting the same bubble gum disco numbers will come away disappointed. Take That is a band clearly affected by the 10 years they've been apart. They're grown men well into their 30's and have gone through a lot since their last album. Those changes are well reflected in the songs you hear. There's been a lot of criticism about the direction of the band. I think that direction has been made pretty clear on the album. They realize that they've had their heyday and they're not out to get a whole bunch of new fans. They're not aiming for teens anymore because it would a ridiculous career move for them. So many boy bands think they can just keep cranking out the same pop tunes and keep attracting young fans. Take That is smart in at least attempting to avoid that pitfall. Beautiful World may not give Take That the chartbusting success they had in the 90's, but I think the lads are content with just putting out a solid album. Robbie Williams cheekiness would've been brought a welcome variety to the album, but they're still talented enough without him.
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Incredible. After ten long years the boys with the golden voices and beautiful souls have returned to fill the world with beautiful music once more. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't think it better to have all five of them together again but that is the way it goes sometimes. No ill will towards either camp. I adore them both. It makes a warm feeling in my heart to see my boys back in action, to know that there are new sounds to listen to. For those not familiar with thier music know that it is a combination of blended harmonies, romantic love songs, and smooth adult contemporary sounds. They have grown from the teenaged boyband and evolved. Now if I can just get them to release in America and to tour here. Le sigh.
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I just recently found out that Take That got back together a few years ago. Where have I been? Not under a rock, just in the US, where I wish they were more popular. I LOVE this album, their new sound, the fact that they're all taking turn leading. "Shine" makes me smile every time it comes on, and "Wooden Boat" brings shivers down my spine. I'd love to hear Jason lead more often.
It's a 10 stars for me.
A terrific album!
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Move aside Westlife, Justin Timberlake, and Backstreet Boys.

The greatest boy band of our time Take That have returned with a big bang.

Beautiful World is That's 4th studio recorded album, not counting the compilations. It's a nice collection of mellowed-down ballads along with some foot-stompers and crowd-pleasers.

The Manchester boys have grown up. It's been 10 years since the time Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Howard Donald, and Jason Orange announced that they were parting ways -Robbie Williams ditched the band months earlier and ended up being the most successful of them all, he does not return to the lineup this time around (it's his loss really). The overall feel and sound of World reflects the boys' maturity and self assurance. It also symbolizes the first time the boys share songwriting duties: Gary Barlow isn't the sole writer, Mark, Howard, and Jason all are credited; Jason debuts as a lead singer on the fantastic album closer Wooden Boat.

The album opens up with the breathtaking Reach Out, a beautiful ballad and future single, that reminds us why we loved Take That in the first place. The UK Number 1 singles Patience and Shine are simply awesome, the latter written and sung with conviction by Mark is probably one of the best pop songs I've heard in a long time, while the former is sung by Gary with such an infectious passion; Patience is technically Gary's first hit single in about a decade. Mark's Shine is the most upbeat song on the album with a beat that is similar to ELO's Mr. Blue Sky, with Beatlesque harmonies and an incredible chorus; the music video to Shine includes references to The Beatles' Your Mother Should Know video.
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In the early 1990s, Take That was the UK's answer to New Kids on the Block. Take That had a top 10 hit with "Back for Good" in 1995, a schmaltzy pop song that could've come from any random boy band being manufactured at the time. I had forgotten Take That existed until I discovered the brilliant solo work of Mark Owen and Robbie Williams while traveling to Europe and listening to the BBC on the web. I bought tall the old Take That albums, and needless to say, I preferred the Take That members apart than together. So, I was very skeptical of this record, since I'm not a fan of boy band manufactured pop (e.g. `Nsync, Backstreet Boys, etc.).

After just one listen, I've become a Take That convert. This album is nothing like their tween pop of the '90s. It's Beatle-esq in its pop-rock cross over, and will appeal to a wide range of musical tastes and audiences. In the spirit of bands like the Beatles, the entire record showcases the vocal and songwriting talents of each of its members, making each song unique. Some of Mark Owen's best work is on this album. 'Shine' and 'Hold On' are quintessential Owen tunes and are among the best on the album. 'What You Believe In' will appeal most to fans of Owen's Radiohead-inspired solo work. Gary Barlow, who came off stiff and uninspired in the Take That of yore, is comfortable in his skin on this record. 'Ain't No Sense in Love' is the best of his vocal tracks. While I'm not a big fan of Barlow's love ballads, the ones on Beautiful World are well composed and listenable. 'Paitence' and 'I'd Wait for Life' are standouts for Barlow, and show that he not only has a personality, but that he can write and sing inspired and richly diverse ballads that will appeal to people other rather that a fan base of screaming teenage girls.
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