“The bands’ promoter Simon Moran said: “There literally has never been anything like it in the history of live music in the UK. Selling a million tickets in day is an absolutely amazing achievement.”—The Sun (via anjelicawrites)
The band played me all ten tracks (plus a secret song) – and it could break the million barrier by the time we’re all tucking into our turkey. Robbie takes a huge role and producer STUART PRICE has stamped his influence all over it.
Here’s a brief review of each song:
1. THE FLOOD: First single. You’ll have heard it already. Big pop hit.
2. SOS: Not an ABBA cover. Mark takes lead vocals. Producer Price injects a hint of his efforts on MADONNA’s Confessions On A Dance Floor album.
3. WAIT: A PET SHOP BOYS feel to it. Real ’80s influence.
4. KIDZ: Mark and Robbie are in the driving seat here. Has a flavour of LA ROUX and SCISSOR SISTERS.
5. PRETTY THINGS: Interesting harmonies between Robbie and Gary. Sounds like a song all about the trappings of fame.
6. HAPPY NOW: If the BEE GEES were knocking out records now, this is how they would sound.
7. UNDERGROUND MACHINE: Robbie on lead vocals. Very modern and up-to-date for Gary and the boys.
8. WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?: Mark opens up about his marriage troubles. Strong stuff and a great track. Could be a KILLERS single.
9. AFFIRMATION: Jason and Howard get their chance to shine. Great guitar action.
10. EIGHT LETTERS (plus hidden track FLOWER BED): Gary’s big number about saying “I love you”. Take That also has eight letters though, so could be about his love for them. Chorus is a rip-off of ULTRAVOX hit Vienna. The secret track is a cracker. Jason really impresses.
“Rob rang me the next day, which is unusual because he doesn’t ring me very often- it’s always emails. He went, I want you all to come up to the house- there are things I want to say that’ll help us all move forward. So the following night we had the you-said-I-was-fat-in-1991 conversation.”—GARY BARLOW (via hellyeahtakethat)
“I can’t believe they got me an XL shirt and Barlow a Large. That fucking hurts. I don’t want to be the fattest in Take That again. There’s a fat-off between me and him.”—ROBBIE WILLIAMS (via hellyeahtakethat)