Album: Take That, Progress (Polydor)

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Can the Williams wink add anything to the Barlow balladry and the Owen honesty?

Can the other two get a look in? It's yes to the first question and not really to the second on the evidence of Take That's sixth album and first with Robbie since 1995. The real star here is producer Stuart (Madonna's Music)Price, who manages to turn the band into a different act for every song: Muse here, Bowie there, and everywhere an electro-pop sheen and a camp and knowing smile. (And not, note to Robbie, a smirk).