Take That – ‘The Flood’
The new Take That single opens with the vocals of Robbie Williams against the backdrop of a Gary Barlow melody and lyrics, showing that the World’s biggest manband are truly back. Robbie was always the cheeky one, particularly in his own solo career, where he threw far more curveballs than the rest of the band combined. This sense of fun has returned to Take That, and is evident all over their first single as a reunited five-piece, ‘The Flood’. Taken from their new album Progress, it came out in Ireland on Friday and the UK this morning.
The new record is produced by Stuart Price, who recently worked on Scissor Sisters’ Night Work, and ‘The Flood’ has a Scissors-feel to its opening while Williams leads vocal duties. Then Barlow takes over, but when the entire band chime in for the chorus, you know that this is a modern Take That hit that will fit easily in setlists alongside ‘Greatest Day’ and ‘Shine’.
Many people have claimed that Williams isn’t a strong singer, but from the evidence of ‘The Flood’ it’s nearly impossible to agree with him. Barlow is a better balladeer, but Williams can really hold a note and is a much more emotive singer. Price’s production is immaculate, and it would have been easy for the song to be overdone, but the highs are high and the lows are finely restrained.
The song is a wonderful single from the fivesome, and a hint of more to come on next week’s album (out Friday 12th in Ireland). The real Take That are back.