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Artist: Take That / Audio CD released 2008-12-01 at Polydor

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      28.10.2012 22:53
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      Take That - The Circus

      The Circus
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      This album is the fifth one to be released by Take That and was released in December 2008. This is the 2nd album to be released since the band reformed without Robbie Williams. As I liked their other album (Greatest Day) so much I thought I would also like this album and after hearing some of the songs they released form this album such as Greatest Day, Said It All and Up All Night, which I loved I thought it would be best to buy the album so I could listen to some more of their songs. The CD is blue in colour and has a picture of all the members on the front, walking on what looks like tightropes. On the back on the CD is a list of the tracks which is a total of 12 tracks. The small booklet inside the CD case has the lyrics to all the song and some more information about them. There is also a picture of each member of the band in circus poses on a Trapeze.

      The Tracks
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      1. The Garden - Although this track wasn't released as a single I really like the track as all the members have a turn at singing the main vocals. The song starts off slow and very gentle and gets slightly more upbeat when the chorus starts. This is a great starting track to the album.

      2. Greatest Day - This track was the band's 11th number one and stayed there for a week before being knocked off by Leona Lewis. Gary sings the main vocals in this song. This is a catchy song and is ok but not one of my favourite out of the songs on this album that they released as a single.

      3. Hello - Mark sings the lead vocals in this track. This track has a strong beat to it and is rather jolly. This song is very well suited to Mark's voice and it wouldn't sound the same if Gary sung it and I don't think it would suit his voice as much.

      4. Said It All - This is one of my favourite songs on the album and was released as a single but only reach number 9 in the charts. I specifically remember the video to this track which features the members of the band with clown like make up on. This song starts off slow with the strong sound of a piano in the background but it goes on to have a very catchy and powerful chorus. Gary and Mark are both the lead vocalists in this track.

      5. Julie - This is another track where Mark is the lead vocalist. This is actually one of the tracks I don't particularly like on the album.

      6. The Circus - Gary sings the lead vocals in this slow and gentle song which has some nice lyrics to it. The song doesn't really get much faster and stays at a slow pace throughout the song.

      7. How Did It Come To This - Jason sings the lead vocals in this song and it suits his voice very well. This song is a bit more upbeat than the last and has a great catchy tune to it. This is one of the better tracks Jason has done compared to the last album.

      8. Up All Night - This is another favourite track of mine sang by Mark. This was yet another number one hit for the band and actually reached number one on February 14th 2009. This song is really jolly and has a great chorus to sing along to.

      9. What Is Love - This is a slow song sang by Howard. I still can't get used to Howard singing the main vocals in a song but he actually does it very well and I don't think this song would sound the same if any of the other members sang it.

      10. You - Gary sings the main vocals in this song. You can clearly hear the piano and the guitar in this song; this is slightly slower and gentler than some of the other songs on this album.

      11. Hold Up A Light - This song reached Number 8 in the charts. Mark sings most of the main vocals, with Gary singing a short part of the main vocals also. This song is slightly more upbeat and again has a very catchy chorus.

      12. Here - This is another track that Howard sings. The more I hear his voice the more I get used to it and actually like him singing the gentle, slower songs. Although this is a slow song it picks up a little during the chorus.

      Hidden/Secret Track: She Said - The final track on this album is hidden and you have to wait 2-3 minutes after the last track to hear this song. Gary is the main vocalist in this track. I'm not sure I actually like this song as it's very different to all the other tracks on their album. It is well worth waiting the few minutes to hear this song though.

      Price/Availability
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      You can purchase the CD from Amazon for as little as £3.53, I think this is good value. You can also get this on iTunes but I'm not sure how much it costs.

      Overall Opinion
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      This is another great album from Take That and I wasn't disappointed. Like any CD there were a few weaker tracks but there were some really good, strong tracks on here and I have at least 4 favourite tracks on this album. In terms of comparing to this their other album they released before this one I think it's just as good and contains more fantastic tracks. On the front of the CD it doesn't actually state there is a hidden track on this album. I just happened to notice that the long track was very long which is how I came across hearing it. If you liked Take That and enjoyed their album before this one then I would also recommend this one to you as it's just as good. I love the fact that you get to hear each band member sing a track on the CD which I think gives the album a bit more variety. Another great album which I'm going to award 5 shiny stars to.



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        09.12.2010 16:59
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        Take That at their very best.

        Take That's 2008 album 'The Circus' is a musical masterpiece and sees the group soar a wave of creativity and genius. Improving on the high standard set by their previous man-band comeback release 'Beautiful World' this album feels mature, insightful and emotional. It's well written and performed with gusto and dedication with each band member having a stand-out vocal moment. There is something slightly paint-by-numbers about some of the songs but this only imbues them with a wide appeal. I think Gary Barlow has hit song-writing down to a fine art and he exploits his brilliant talent on this album.

        I can't imagine many people being able to dislike this album in it's entirety! It has something for everybody as the whole band seems to stamp their own musical preferences over several songs. Whilst Gary stands out as lead vocalist, Mark Owen also commands and we have the best of both worlds in terms of a blend of Barlow's sensitivity and Owen's punchy rock.

        There are a handful of hit songs on the album and they are the kind of songs that are instantly recognisable and memorable as soon as you hear them. There is an amazing power behind the music of 'The Circus' which everyone should experience!

        The album begins with 'The Garden' which sees the guys take turns at lead vocals. It's a perfect blend of voices and each tone seems to fit the lyrics and the musical style. The song is touching and beautiful and the chorus is uplifting. Excellent teamwork!

        'Greatest Day' was a big hit for the group and it's a powerful, energy promoting track. The composition seems surprisingly simple but the lyrics are perfect and have a massive impact on the psyche. It's a pop-rock mix whose infectious drum and backing vocal mix seems to fly into the stratosphere near the end of the track. It's a mood-boosting song.

        'Hello' has a jaunty style and is performed by Mark Owen whose elfish voice seems to suit this pace and lyric. The chirpy chorus is a bit reminsicent of something by The Beatles. It's a toe-tapper.

        'Said It All' is a brillilant track, my favourite on the album, as it resonates with such drama and emotion. Gary's vocal trick when he suddenly hits a high note is extremely powerful on this track and it's almost heart-breaking. I love the damning drum pattern that comes in at the first chorus. The end section is wonderful too as the direction and meaning of the track seems to be altered by Owen's vocal contribution. It's a spine-tingling rock track.

        'Julie' has a kind of 90's grunge rock feel to it. It showcases Mark Owen's soulful voice and it's got a very catchy chorus.

        'The Circus' feels a little bit cautious, a tad sentimental and a bit melancholy. It also feels a bit light in terms of hearing other vocals except for Gary. It's a calm interlude though.

        'How Did It Come To This' is Jason Orange's moment to shine. Orange's voice is delicate and expressive and he sings this track extremely well.The lyrics are relevant and modern. The chorus has a racy pace and is very catchy. Another great song.

        'Up All Night' is another track that seems to have a Beatle's style influence. It has a finger-clicking style and a jovial mood and demands that you join in at the chorus!

        'What Is Love' is a tender, emotional track that has an old-fashioned romantic style. Howard has a rich voice and it lends itself well to the emotional depth of the lyrics.

        'You' is a bit of a soppy ballad and sometimes it feels like the words are being swallowed up by the music. A pretty song performed well but it has less of an impact than other songs.

        'Hold Up a Light' is another of my favourite songs. There is a beautiful message in the lyrics and Owen performs this with honesty. The song has a rampant chorus which is just brilliant to sing along to. Great musical composition too.

        'Here' is a great ending to the album as it lyrically and musically it feels like coming to a standstill, winding down. It's another great track with syrupy harmonies that sound like a band in total understanding and union with each other.
        There is also a cute hidden track which allows the band's humour and character to shine through.

        I recommend this album to everyone even if you consider Take That to be a bit 'uncool' because of their boyband beginnings. This album proves they are one of the best bands to have ever existed!

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        16.05.2010 10:21
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        A MUST BUY AND EVEN BETTER THAN PREVIOUS ALBUMS

        Taka that's album The Circus is in my opinion the best of the five albums they have released in their 2 two era's on the music scene.

        Take That's first saw them hit the big time with lively dance routines, cheesy pop songs and boyish looks that grabbed mainly fans of teenage girls. The Circus following on from the massive selling of Take That's re launch album Beautiful World is definitely another step up the ladder in terms of quality.

        Take That may have slowed some of there music down but its only created a new corner of fans which now stretches from the current generation of teenagers right through to older generation and this is due to the easy listening and pop sound of firstly Beautiful World and The Circus since their 2006 comeback.

        There are 12 tracks on the Circus of which four were released as singles. Greatest Day, Up All Night, Said It All and most recently Hold up the Light were the four.
        Greatest Day hit the number 1 spot at the first attempt.

        The Album is very much a mixture ballad and upbeat pop songs. Up All Night and Hold Up The Light are probably the two tracks on the album that get you dancing round your house whereas Greatest Day and Said It All will probably get you singing all as there are the two strong ballad sounding sounds on the album highlighted by the fact they were released.
        The first song on the album, The Garden is a slow one but is a very nice mellow tune. Hello and How Did It Come to This are also well worth their place on the album, in fact you know when an album is top quality when you like every single track on it.
        I am quite picky when it comes to music and not many albums get the every track approval from me so Take That have done extremely well with this one.

        The album was released over 18 months ago now so you can find this pretty cheap to buy. Id recommend you do! Play has it for a fiver and Amazon £4.96.

        Take That also did a live tour of Their Circus album and this was the best thing I have ever seen live. Have a look into it.

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          30.03.2010 23:02
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          Buy It!

          Although my sister was always a huge fan of Take That , I myselfI never took much notice of them myself , until they 'came back'. I've liked most of their singles including 'Patience' and 'Rule The World' and so was curious as to what their latest album The Circus was like.

          The Circus is the fifth studio album from Take That and was released in the United Kingdom on December 1st 2008. The album comes under the pop genre and contains twelve tracks. The album is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.73 which I think is excellent value!

          For me everything about this album is great! The songs are great , the voices are great and every performance is great! Although , I will admit that at first it did take some getting used to , although after a few listens , i fell in love with this CD, At first , I was a bit disappointed that there weren't that many ballads on this album although there are some brilliant songs on here.The ones which stand out the most for me are 'Greatest Day' , 'You' and 'The Garden' , although having said that , they're all all great. There are a lot of 'happy' upbeat songs on the album and so they always put me in a good mood. This album seems to be a lot different to their usual music. Despite being quite upbeat , this album does have a more 'mature' feel about it. It's a great album to listen to while chilling out.

          Gary takes a bit of a back seat 'singing-wise' on the album (just like Jason and Howard usually do!) as Mark seems to take over. I don't know what it is , but I just don't like Mark's voice. I much prefer Gary's voice ; he is definetely the best singer in the band. It's nice to hear Jason and Howard have a few lines each on this album for a change , as most of the time they are just like backing singers , so it's nice to hear different voices.

          If you've liked their music since their comeback , then you'll love it! It's almost certain to get you up and dancing! It's a great albums ; one of my favourites in fact!

          Thanks for reading!
          March 30th 2010
          xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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            29.09.2009 20:55
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            Brilliant new music from a good band

            I wasn't the biggest fan of take that when they first came about so when I heard that they had reformed I wasn't that bothered to be honest.

            When the first song came out I was very suprised it was very upbeat and catchy. I would have never thought that take that would be so good.

            Last christmas I asked my partner to buy me the take that cd, by this time they had bought out their second album since their comeback which was circus. I wasn't that keen at first because the song I really liked was on the first album that they did.

            When I listened to it I fell in love with it and can not get enough of listening to their music. It is all new upto date music that you can sing along to and enjoy. This cd really makes me happy and I can find meaning in most of the songs.

            There are 12 songs on this album and I love all of them my favourites are greatest day, hello and the circus. These songs are brilliant and find myself doing my workouts to them and singing along.

            Songs

            The Garden
            Greatest Day
            Hello
            Sid it all
            Julie
            The Circus
            How did it come to this
            Up all night
            What is love
            You
            Hold up a light
            Here

            The cover

            This is an unusual cover it is set in the sky with all the band members walking along tight ropes like in a circus. Inside you have all the words to the songs which I have read and now memorised so I can sing along alot more.

            The songs

            Most of the songs are written by Gary Barlow. He went though a writers block when they split up and he has definately proved that he can write songs that people enjoy again he has found his magic.

            This cd cost my partner £15 from asda and has been one of the best presants that he has ever bought me so well done him. I have also found that my daughter enjoys listening to this with me, this is annoyance to my other half because he is a rock lover.

            I would recommend people to buy this cd it will make you happy and you will be pleasantly supprised at the new fresh music they have produced.

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            17.08.2009 16:39

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            Easy listening, can't fail to impress

            I absolutely love this album!
            I got tickets to the live show, and hadn't managed to listen to this before I went - it didn't matter, I felt like I'd heard all the songs before and convinced myself that I knew all the words! It's such an easy listening album, that you can't fail to pick out at least 5 favourites. It's an album that you can listen to again and again and not get bored.
            As soon as you hear the opening bars of Greatest Day, goosebumps will just cover you, it's impossible not to be affected by it.
            Since bursting back onto the music scene, Take That have created 2 wonderful albums of music that can't be ignored - it just seems that they keep getting better and better. I think they are getting better with age, so hopefully any subsequent albums with top this - if it's possible!!!
            My favourite track off the album is How Did it Come to This - it's a great track, very thought provoking (in my opinion). I couldn't say which is my least favourite track, because there isn't one!! After seeing the live show, the album just sounds so fantastic.

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            24.07.2009 16:06
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            Brilliant fifth album from the fantastic foursome

            The Circus is an album by Take That. It was released in 2008, and is their fifth studio album.

            With the release of 'Beautiful World' in 2006, Take That announced they were back, and Back For Good. Having split up in 1996, they decided to reform for a series of concerts, before deciding that they still had something to offer the musical world. I was a big fan of them originally, as a young child I loved their pop sound and was a big fan of Mark Owen. Naturally, I was more than happy to welcome them back, and 'Beautiful World' was a brilliant comeback album.

            Of course the pressure was on with 'The Circus'. It wasn't the all important second album, but it might as well have been. They had to prove that 'Beautiful World' wasn't a comeback fluke. But did they? I think so. There are not many songs on the album that I would skip past, my particular favourites are the singles 'Greatest Day' and 'Said It All', as well as 'How Did it Come to This'. I also love the hidden track, 'She Said'.

            'The Circus' shows that Take That have matured into a fantastic band, with great songwriting talent and a great sound. I hope that this time they stay around for longer, and hope against hope that they don't give in to what seems to be a popular push for Robbie Williams to rejoin them. They don't need him, they are producing fantastic music, and have fans now that probably would never have admitted to liking them first time around.

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            a bit of everything

            Oh. My. Word. Take That at their complete and utter best! When I bought their 'Beautiful World' album I was surprised because I hadn't really listened to much of their stuff back from the 90s so I didn't really know what their style was but when I heard 'Patience', I fell in love. When 'The Circus' came out earlier this year i HAD to buy it as by now, I was completely in love with Gary, Mark, Jason and Howard. Me and my best friend tried our best to get tickets for the tour but we weren't successful. Then 3 days before their concert in Coventry, I found out i won 2 tickets to go and see them! They are incredible live and made this album so much better! They are all amazing song writers, players and singers and there isn't a bad song on this album which must say something about how good this band are and how much concentration they put into each and every song. Overall, if I could give this album more than 5 starts, I would! Amazing.

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            10.06.2009 09:53
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            The 2008 album from Take That

            Considering they're practically pop pensioners it was to my surprise that I discovered that 'The Circus' is only Take That's 5th studio album since they first burst onto the music scene almost 20 years ago. Originally a five piece consisting of Gary Barlow, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, Howard Donald and the infamous Robbie Williams, the latter quit the group in 1995 resulting in Gary Barlow dissolving the band officially the following year. The news was so difficult for some fans to bear that special helplines were set up to cure their suicidal tendencies...

            A decade later and Take That's comeback record got all the washed up 90s acts hoping they can jump on the bandwagon though failing miserably. 'Beautiful World' was a masterpiece, even me a non Take That fan can admit that with defining tracks like 'Rule The World' and 'Patience'. But after so much success and such an incredible CD, would 'The Circus' be able to live up to it's predecessor? Or would it be exactly that - a circus embedded in chaos?
            Vocals are shared evenly across the album though Gary Barlow does seem to be the dominant voice as always but all of the remaining four band members have solo songs and they each have their own distinctive voice that work really well together and really mould them together as a complete unit.

            Opening track 'The Garden' is a spine tingling, slow yet erratic track that has all four members on top form. It sounds like the watered down child of 'Rule The World' to me though that is not a bad thing. Lead single 'Greatest Day' has some gorgeous vocals from Gary Barlow and is very soaring and uplifting with an energetic chorus and middle rift that are both hypnotic and beautiful to listen to as they carve out a whole range of emotions. Lyrically the song is excellent and that only adds to its overall impact.

            Mark Owen seems to tackle the more upbeat songs with traces of rock and often 80s music. 'Up All Night' sounds very old fashioned, helped along by Owen's distinct voice. It's not the best track on offer here but it does manage to get you singing along to the hook whether you like it or not. It seems to be a very poor imitation of 'Shine' and fails miserably. 'Hello' on the other hand has all the energy and swagger that you need to get you nodding along. The melody is simple and the lyrics are rather cheesy but the track shows different variations to Owen's vocals.

            It does feel as if Take That have been on a trip in the TARDIS and got stuck in the past when listening to this album as a lot of the tracks do remind you of something you'd expect to see a beggar performing on the street with his guitar but with better production and what not thrown behind them. 'Said It All' is a stand out moment for me. The song has a very haunting and deep intro building up in a climatic finish. The vocals are moving and it really hits a soft spot. There's so much emotion and passion oozing from the track that it seems as if there is still an ounce of life left in Take That's rusting veins.

            The title track is a piano led ballad that sounds like you're hearing it from a distance. It really adds to the sentiment of the song and Gary Barlow does sound very unusual. I love the arrangement of the track and the lyrics.

            It's nice to hear Jason and Howard sing as well even if they do sound weaker than Mark or Gary. 'How Did It Come To This?' is a very energetic and charged up pop ditty led by Jason himself. The verses are just horrible as his voice sounds very uncomfortable as if he's attempting to create some kind of deformed rapping-singing hybrid. The chorus is very explosive though lacks the punch that is needed to really cement the song in your conscience.

            The song writing is on top form here and the vocals are always consistant but the album itself is just extremely dull in places and is a huge carcrash compared to 'Beautiful World'. Whatever magic Take That had fizzing through their veins when they penned their comeback smash it seems to have leaked out in rare and rather half hearted doses on 'The Circus'. Even the tracks that are stand outs from the CD seem to be pushing to capture the same sound as their predecessors, otherwise its just very dull and unimaginative ballads with the odd breakout track though the band even cripple the potential of these moments with the knack of repeating the choruses over and over again as is evident on 'Hold Up A Light' which could be one hell of a song if it was structured better.

            'The Circus' essentially in my honest opinion marks the act's splendid opening performance but sees their act decay rather fast the more they practise...

            Complete tracklisting:


            1.The Garden
            2.Greatest Day
            3.Hello
            4.Said It All
            5.Julie
            6.The Circus
            7.How Did It Come to This?
            8.Up All Night
            9.What Is Love?
            10. You
            11. Here
            12. Hold Up A Light
            13. She Said

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              17.05.2009 22:27
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              i pre ordered take that album and when i recieved it couldnt wait to play it. i put it on my cd player and it didnt seem long until it was over. i thought that it would have lasted a bit longer than it did and was a bit disapointed by that. i have been a huge take that fan for years right from when they were around in the 90s till this very momen t but i wasnt impresed atall by his new album. however i must agee that there re some strong songs on there for example rule the world is a truely brilliant song. take that have taken his ablum on tour which has sold out in record times therefore it has some potential in other fans eyes. i just wasnt impressed and was so disappointed. one positive for this album isthat they have kept true to their style and that is what helps them in dong so well.

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                Take That don't disappoint

                Having been a die-hard fan of the 'That' since the early days, there comeback was really welcomed and this being their fifth album was not a dissappointment. It's their second album released from the boys since their big return 2-3 years ago, and they have turned from what some may describe as a cringe-worthy boy band to a credible vocal group who can sing and write great songs. With the majority of the songs being led by the god that is Gary Barlow (!), it has a more sultry and romantic feel to it, with songs like track 2's 'Greatest Day' and 7's 'How did it all come to this'. Overall Take That have really raised the bar from their previous album 'Beautiful World' which I didn't think they would be able to do. With tracks like their newest single 'Up all Night' it is one you can play in the car when driving along the open road, and dream of getting home for that nice glass of wine! Take That just keep getting better-if you haven't already go and get your copy now as it's a must for Take That fans out there.

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                Excellent lyrics and musical scores

                I thought that the abscence of Robbie Williams would deminish the appeal of Take That however they have proved me wrong and this is an excellent album with some excellent strong tracks on it.

                Maybe my tastes have mellowed a bit with age but I find that Take That have developed well as a group and the quality of this album shines through in places, it is quite a mellow album with some lovely vocals and some strong musical scores.

                The Circus is the title track and one of my personal favourites, it has some slightly haunting lyrics that mesh reall well together, I also particulary like the more jaunty and up beat Greatest Day which has a bit of a fell good vibe running through it.


                There are some very good sing along tracks and a few that are good to have a bop to, in fact there are not any weak tracks on the album in my opinion.

                For me this album reflects the growing maturity of Take That and will further wden their appeal across the generations, there is something for the old fans and also something that can attract a new audience and on that basis it is well worth checking out.

                Track List

                The Garden
                Greatest Day
                Hello
                Said It All
                Julie
                The Circus
                How Did It Come To This
                Up All Night
                What Is Love
                You
                Hold Up A Light
                Here

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                Excellently balanced album

                The Circus is former boy band Take That's second album since their relaunch a couple of years ago following around a decade of being split up. Their music seems to mature with each step they take at the moment, with more emphasis being shared between the four band members of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald. Previously, Robbie Williams was the fifth member when they were storming the charts in the early to mid 1990s, before he left and they split.

                Their music certainly doesn't seem to need anything extra, so I don't feel that the loss of Robbie has any effect on their music now. Naturally, it did at the time, but it has meant that a ten year hiatus or so has regrouped these four members with more maturity and an equal, if not greater, level of musical ability. The album starts off with the wonderfully thought-provoking 'The Garden', which cresendos a little before backing off into a track with some haunting lyrics.

                The second track on the album is 'Greatest Day', a successful single release for Take That, its magic being that it doesn't try and do too much. It doesn't crash into a key change or a heavy explosion as many ballads do, and this is perhaps what sets it aside as different, containing a high level of relaxed crescendo throughout the track.

                I have to say, I wasn't a particular fan of the title track, The Circus, but the majority of the other tracks are equally as entertaining as I found the opening. Hold Up A Light is an absolute gem, as far as I am concerned, and Up All Night has been a great success in the charts as well with its catchy beat and jazz sounds appealing to a wide range of music fans.

                The album is another clever release from Take That, and I found it enjoyable to listen to as a collection of music. The tracks blend well from one to another, without any really feeling out of place in sequence. Overall, a very good album, and definitely one to recommend. It's currently available for around the £9 mark on amazon.co.uk, although second hand copies are a lot cheaper, at around half the price.

                1 The Garden
                2 Greatest Day
                3 Hello
                4 Said It All
                5 Julie
                6 The Circus
                7 How Did It Come To This
                8 Up All Night
                9 What Is Love
                10 You
                11 Hold Up A Light
                12 Here

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                  03.05.2009 21:33
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                  A really enjoyable album for Take That fans

                  I was really pleased when Take Than reformed as a group in 2005 (albeit without Robbie Willims but he doesn't really seem to be any great loss!) as I have always liked their music. I definitely think though that the reformed group has a lot more maturity that is reflected through their music than what they did when they were more thought of as a boy band. My love of Take That is obviously quite well known though as I received their latest album - The Circus - twice for Christmas!

                  The Circus was released on 1st December 2008 and apparently went straight to number 1 in the album chart demonstrating the popularity that there is for Take That.

                  The very first time I listened to the album I was really impressed. It includes a couple of tracks that I knew quite well along with a number of others that are fast becoming favourites! There are twelve tracks in total and if you listen all the way through it lasts just over forty minutes. It is the sort of album that is great to have on as background music, but if you sit down and actually listen to all the different songs they are really quite thoughtful and moving.

                  All of the tracks are written by members of Take That although there are some collaborations with other songwriters too. All four band members sing and take lead vocals at different times each demonstrating the strengths that they have. They are also superbly backed by some great musicians and this includes Gary Barlow on piano and keyboards. The variety of the songs and the way their voices harmonise demonstrate what a talented band they are.

                  Some of the tracks are quite upbeat and jaunty whereas others are that bit slower and more thought provoking. Some of my favourites include 'Greatest Day' which has a great celebratory feel to it, 'Julie' which is a bit more confused and despairing about a troubled relationship and 'The Circus' which seems to be pointing out that life can sometimes be a bit ludicrous:

                  'Everyone loves a circus show
                  But I'm the only clown you'll ever know'.

                  The more I listen to this album, the more I like it and I find that I'm starting to sing along with many of the songs especially the more upbeat ones. This is helped by the fact that all the lyrics are supplied inside the CD case. Also, my two daughters (aged five and three) are starting to take an interest and really enjoy dancing along to some of the faster songs! I love listening to it when I am driving and all the words and melodies are so good and memorable that you can't help singing along with the group. Even my four and five year old daughters know lots of the words now.

                  I really like this album and I'm very glad that I received it for Christmas (although only once would have been fine!) I think it will definitely appeal to a wide audience, not just Take That fans. At the moment it can be bought on Amazon for £8.98 on Amazon.

                  I know that some people like to see a list of all the tracks so here they all are. I have only mentioned a few of my favourites by name but I really do think that each and every one is a winner - there is not a single track that lets the album down - and you can't often say that about an album!

                  1. The Garden
                  2. Greatest Day
                  3. Hello
                  4. Said It All
                  5. Julie
                  6. The Circus
                  7. How Did It Come To This
                  8. Up All Night
                  9. What Is Love
                  10. You
                  11. Hold Up A Light
                  12. Here

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                    20.04.2009 20:20
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                    Great band, great album.

                    The Circus is for me the crowning glory of the Take That discography. This album is complete proof that the boys just get better and better. To add to this is the increasing responsibility bestowed upon Jason, Howard and Mark to take the lead in some of the more prominent numbers.

                    As with any Take That album, there are a couple of instant favourites but the rest are slow burners that will definitely grow to be the tunes you love over time. An example of this is "Hold Up A Light", sung by Mark Owen. The merits of this track are not instantly obvious, but the catchiness and energy will soon have you created your own wacky dances, usually involving simulating holding up a light.

                    The instantly catchy track really drags your attention in is "Up All Night", again sung by Mark Owen. This song encompasses everything that is good in pop music, energy, charisma, tone and melody.

                    Within all these new style hits are the expected classics in the making performed by regular frontman Gary Barlow. We have all come to know and love "Greatest Day" and this is just one of the great tracks performed in The Circus by Barlow.

                    Howard gets in on the act in "The Garden" to great success and he really shone performing his part of the track on the Comic Relief show last month.

                    It is so easily said, but there genuinely isn't a bad track on this album and it is simply never out of my car. My 2 year old daughter is a big fan of another Mark Owen song called "Julie" and we can quite often go for 30 minutes or more without her letting me put anything else from the album on.

                    This album is just quite simply the best Take That have ever produced and I cannot wait to hear what the boys have in store for us as a follow up... please let there be a follow up!

                    Great band, great album.

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 The Garden
                    2 Greatest Day
                    3 Hello
                    4 Said It All
                    5 Julie
                    6 The Circus
                    7 How Did It Come To This
                    8 Up All Night
                    9 What Is Love
                    10 You
                    11 Hold Up A Light
                    12 Here