From the get-go it's apparent that the band are out to deliver another healthy dollop of power-pop, mixing dramatic strings and lilting guitar riffs with electronic synths and melancholy vocals. Opener 'When We Were Young' has a folk-infused tone to its chord progression and production that resonates as a pop-friendly version of Mumford & Sons. Tracks 'Man' and 'Aliens' deal with alienation and disillusionment, proving the group's ability to write a booming electro number that is grounded with social substance. Both songs pack a reverberating bass and theatrical power-house chorus, arming them with another round of crowd-pleasing stadium-thumpers. The EP concludes with 'Beautiful World' - a serene, majestic and reflective ballad that contains wistful melodies and a gentle militant beat led by an emotive vocal from Mark Owen. While the band don't shift far away from the sound of its parent LP, the self-penned collection proves once again why Take That's comeback was better than everyone else's - by out-growing the stereotypical boyband branding to become a group of credible and genuinely artistic musicians.
Tracks to download: 'When We Were Young', 'The Day The Work Is Done', 'Aliens'
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