Reviews are appearing for Take That's new album, The Circus, coming out Monday. This wasn't one I was automatically going to snatch up, but I'm seriously considering it now.
BBC calls the album "pretty damn amazing," singling out the title track and ballad "What Is Love" and comparing "The Garden" and "Holding Up the Light" to "Rule the World," noting they have the "same magical feel." They particularly praise "Up All Night" as "complete with a proper oom pah pah band and skip down the street chorus."
The Mirror calls it as a "polished follow-up" to their last album that "skillfully stage-managed theatrical pop which succeeds in emphasising both individual personalities and their newly-established group democracy." They also single out "Up All Night" and "What Is Love," as well as "How Did It Come to This," which they describe as "angst-ridden" and "soul-baring."
Not everyone's as happy about it tough. Time Out gave it only 2 out of 6 stars (who uses a six-star scale?), calling "Hello" a "confused blend of Blur and Slade."