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Take That: 'The Flood'

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Take That 'The Flood'
Released on Monday, Nov 8 2010

A couple of albums that have earned fifteen platinum awards between them, tours that sell out quicker than half-price protein shakes on Venice Beach and a warm 'n' fuzzy popularity so all-encompassing that even cosy old Marks & Sparks have sucked it up. Take That's comeback has been so overwhelmingly successful that, whisper it, it was all in danger of becoming a bit predictable.

Re-enter Robbie Williams, a man essentially allergic to being predictable, alongside Stuart Price, the synth-poppy knob-twiddler who's worked wonders with Kylie and the Scissors this year already. This amuse bouche for the reunited five-piece's upcoming Progress platter initially seems confusing, perhaps even messy, but after four or five plays it reveals itself to be a genuinely epic pop belter, a winning mix of Williams wonkiness - those lyrics are pretty cryptic, right? - and Barlow's knack for cranking out choruses that make even Wembley Stadium feel cramped. Oh, and hats off to the boys for being ballsy enough to name what is potentially the biggest single of their career 'The Flood' when there's a joke about sticky old mops knocking about in Gaz's attic just begging to be cracked.


> Click here to watch the video for 'The Flood'

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