Take That’s III: What You Need To Know
After the all-time high that followed shifting almost three million of their 2010 album Progress and playing to almost two million people on the record-breaking tour that accompanied it, Take That return as a slightly different beast for their new album III. It’s out on Monday (December 1st) and here is everything you need to know about it…
What’s The Background?
The title, III (three), actually tells you a lot of that; for the first time Take That, who began life as a fivesome back in 1990 are now a trio. Robbie Williams’ decision to not return was expected, he was busy touring in support of his own album Take The Crown and he was about to become a father for the second time. The bombshell, however, was Jason Orange. He’d been a constant, both in the band’s initial life and during the reunion, but told Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald as soon as they started work on the album that he wasn’t sure he wanted to still be in the band.
By the band’s own admission they were still hopeful Jason would change his mind and become part of the album, telling him that he had an open invitation to join the album at any time. This went on for months, but, ultimately, he decided he didn’t want to be part of the album, or the band at all. So, reluctantly, in September, the band finished off parts that had been saved for him and began life as a three.
Who’s Producing It?
The band have called in some big guns, with Stuart Price, the man responsible for making The Killers, Scissor Sisters and so many of Madonna’s big hits sound enormous, producing a few of the tracks. They’ve also called in Greg Kurstin, who’s worked with the likes of P!nk, Lily Allen and Kelly Clarkson, John Shanks, who's worked with everyone from Stevie Nicks to Bon Jovi, and Jeff Lynne, one-time frontman in ELO.
What Are The Standout Tracks?
Both new single ‘These Days’ and ‘If You Want It’ are both big pop hits with slight indie tinges, while ‘Let In The Sun’ is Take That’s attempt at a club banger, it’ll sound huge on their massive arena tour next year.
Take That’s new album III is released on Monday (December 1st). You can pre-order the album in hmv stores now.