The Circus [Non Eea Version]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A Take That reunion was perhaps as inevitable as the fact that Robbie Williams would decide to opt out of the proceedings. He inexplicably became the biggest star out of the franchise, in no way needing the support group the rest craved after their solo projects imploded. And there is something to be said for brand names: even if it didn't jump-start the phenomenon, the 2006 reunion Beautiful World returned Take That to the upper reaches of the charts, and their 2008 follow-up, The Circus, builds upon its template, offering more of the same without quite seeming like pandering. Fittingly for a foursome facing 40, dance-pop has been banished in favor of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A Take That reunion was perhaps as inevitable as the fact that Robbie Williams would decide to opt out of the proceedings. He inexplicably became the biggest star out of the franchise, in no way needing the support group the rest craved after their solo projects imploded. And there is something to be said for brand names: even if it didn't jump-start the phenomenon, the 2006 reunion Beautiful World returned Take That to the upper reaches of the charts, and their 2008 follow-up, The Circus, builds upon its template, offering more of the same without quite seeming like pandering. Fittingly for a foursome facing 40, dance-pop has been banished in favor of well-manicured maturity, culled chiefly from Coldplay, whose tasteful, chilly surfaces blend easily with Gary Barlow's Elton John and George Michael aspirations. Barlow is also responsible for the gentle Sgt. Pepper's pastiche of the title track, but the one responsible for giving The Circus a bit of a beat is Mark Owen, whose contributions, particularly the cheerfully respectful stomp "Up All Night," are a welcome break from the album's steady, stately march. The Circus is the work of a group where the sum is greater than the parts, and Take That have wound up with an adult pop album that is somewhat comforting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2009
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602517919914
  • Catalog Number: 1791991
  • Sales rank: 380,318

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Garden (5:07)
  2. 2 Greatest Day (3:59)
  3. 3 Hello (3:30)
  4. 4 Said It All (4:15)
  5. 5 Julie (3:53)
  6. 6 The Circus (3:33)
  7. 7 How Did It Come to This (3:10)
  8. 8 Up All Night (3:24)
  9. 9 What Is Love (3:27)
  10. 10 You (4:13)
  11. 11 Hold Up a Light/She Said (8:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Take That Primary Artist
Derek Watkins Trumpet
Matthew Ward Violin
John Barclay Trumpet
Mark Nightingale Tenor Trombone
Mark Owen Vocals
Gary Barlow Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
John Shanks Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
London Studio Orchestra Strings, Brass, Ensemble
Andy Wood Trombone
Howard Donald Vocals
Jason Orange Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Ryan Carline Keyboards
Philip Sheppard Cello
Owen Slade Tuba
Ben Mark Electric Guitar
Jamie Norton Piano
Technical Credits
Take That Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Steve Robson Composer
Will Malone String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, String Conductor, Brass Conductor
John Shanks Producer, Audio Production
Perry Mason Orchestra Leader, Orchestra Director
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
Ryan Carline Programming, Engineer
Ben Mark Composer
Jamie Norton Composer
Graham Archer Engineer
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