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Take That: 'Progressed'

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Take That 'Progressed'
Released on Sunday, Jun 12 2011

If managing to shift a truck-load of copies of their Robbie Williams reunion album Progress wasn't enough for a group who pioneered the modern notion of the man-band, Take That have slapped another eight brand new numbers on to an expanded edition of the LP. Timing the unsurprisingly titled Progressed ahead of their record-breaking sold-out tour, the chart-topping five-piece have been at it again with producer Stuart Price - even going all Hollywood on us by lending one of the songs, 'Love Love', to mutant action blockbuster X-Men: First Class. In what could possibly be the last batch of new material to be offered from the complete group, have the lads added enough exciting material to persuade another two million shoppers to indulge in an updated copy?

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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