by Take ThatTake That


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Robbie Williams once again left Take That in 2014 and, not long afterward, so did Jason Orange, leaving the group as the trio of Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, and Howard Donald. Hence the title of 2014's album, III: this is not the group's third record, nor does it herald a new phase (à la Van Halen III), but it's simply an album made by the three men of Take That. III wasn't intended as a trio album -- Orange left during the recording, leaving the three survivors to split his parts -- and, honestly, it doesn't feel that much different than the Take That albums released prior to Progress, when the former boy band returned as a quartet of men. Wisely, Take That retain a shade of the stylish sensibilities of Progress -- "These Days," the opening track and lead single, is nimble with its chicken-scratch guitar and distilled disco -- but those aren't the focus of the record; they're accents to what's essentially a very well-done adult pop album. Compared to some of Barlow's past solo projects, III is livelier -- even when it slides into a series of ballads it manages to not quite be staid -- due to these lite disco cuts ("Give You My Love" feels like a de facto Bee Gees tribute) and savvy electronic arrangements. The key to III's success is that Take That don't push these electronic elements too hard; they're there not to bring in a younger audience, but to show that the group knows it's 2014, not 1994, so it winds up feeling reflective and tasteful, a record that feels more realized than any latter-day Robbie-less Take That album.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2014
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0602547092182
catalogNumber: 47092182
Rank: 42144

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Take That   Primary Artist,Vocals
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
Gary Barlow   Piano,Keyboards
John Shanks   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
John Martin   Guitar
Stuart Price   Guitar,Keyboards
Ben Mark   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Aaron Redfield   Drums
Gary Go   Synthesizer
Dan Chase   Keyboards
Charlie Judge   Keyboards
Cass Lowe   Guitar,Keyboards
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Guitar
Robin Fredriksson   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards
Joe Janiak   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Greg Kurstin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Steve Robson   Composer
Mark Owen   Composer
Gary Barlow   Composer
Lars Fox   Engineer,Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
John Martin   Composer
Howard Donald   Composer
Stuart Price   Programming,Producer
Ryan Carline   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Don Chase   Programming
Ben Mark   Composer
Jamie Norton   Composer
Gary Go   Composer
Alex Pasco   Engineer
Paul Lamalfa   Programming,Engineer
Henrik Michelsen   Composer
Cass Lowe   Composer,drum programming
Mattias Larsson   Composer
Edvard Førre Erfjord   Composer
Robin Fredriksson   Composer,Programming,Producer
Joe Janiak   Composer
Julian Burg   Engineer

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