Oh how we squealed when we got this special delivery this afternoon. Take That’s eight-track EP, Progressed, is finally here – and we get to give you a bit of a review here on heatworld. Good, eh?
Obviously these days record companies have to be super-efficient in keeping music safe (ask Beyonce) so it’s been kept very quiet until now, but now it’s in our hands, we can tell you all about it. Although if you don't want any spoilers, we recommend you click away now...
When We Were Young kicks things off in a mid-tempo way, with a very catchy intro. It comes with a big chorus and is a bubbling mix of TT old and new. We think you’ll like it. The fabulous Love Love from the X-Men: First Class soundtrack comes next and still sounds as fabulous as the first time we heard it. In fact, because we know you love it so much, we've attached the video from the National Movie Awards above for you to enjoy.
Our other favourites includes the brilliant Beautiful (in which Gary Barlow takes the vocal reigns with some help from Mark Owen. In fact, we think this one’s our favourite, it’s pretty fantastic to lose yourself to.
Then comes Don’t Say Goodbye which again sees Gazza B leading the track. The chorus, again, is big, bold and the perfect electro-ballad. In fact, some fans felt Gary didn’t get enough lead vocal time on the original Progress LP, and this definitely remedies that. While Wonderful World is a perfectly dreamy second ballad.
Finally, we have to give Aliens a mention. Because it’s totally random (but fun). Mark’s on the vocals but we have to wonder if Robbie had a lot to do with it. Probably, eh?
All in all, we have to say this album is utterly weird and wonderful and the perfect extension to Take That's defiant Progress album of 2010. Progressed is a winner in our book.
Take That's Progressed EP is released on iTunes on Monday 13 June.