Release Date: Dec 15, 2014
Record label: Polydor
Genre(s): Pop, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Up to now, Take That’s second coming was all about the narrative: a boyband maturing majestically, even briefly reuniting with errant fifth member, Robbie Williams. But now Jason has followed him, the trio need big tunes to stay afloat. Despite juicy producers such as Stuart Price and Greg Kurstin, III struggles. Many songs summon the carpe-diem-lyrics-meet-sub-Coldplay-pop style that has suited the band in recent years – Let in the Sun has a definite shimmer, I Like It adds a squelchy, glam-rocking shine; Portrait and Flaws also dig into older man melancholy – but none of their melodies sticks in the head or, crucially, the heart.
You probably thought the most important member of Take That was Gary Barlow. You’re wrong: it was Jason Orange. All of Take That’s Orange-featuring albums have been great, while all of Barlow’s Orange-free solo records have been rubbish. You could chalk that up to coincidence, but consider this: Jason left Take That earlier this year and they immediately made III, by quite some distance the worst thing they’ve ever done.