Album: Take That, Progressed (Polydor)
Friday 10 June 2011
Of course, Kaiser Chiefs could just have sold us one album, then asked us to buy it again a few months later to get a further eight tracks, an increasingly common strategy for big acts like Lady Gaga and Take That, whose two-disc pack Progressed at least puts the new material on a separate CD.
It's mostly galumphing disco electropop, whose swaggering synth riffs recall Depeche Mode on "Love Love". The occasional dubstep/electro moves, as on the intro to "Man", are swept up by standard stomp-beats, while the predominantly falsetto vocals are marshalled in the service of songs whose themes of alienation, disillusion and ageing boast an almost Pink Floydian despondency, most skilfully in the reminiscences of "When We Were Young", perfectly aimed at Take That fans now past the bloom of innocent youth.
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