Saturday, November 13, 2010
Take That - Take That and Party (1992)
Continuing with the Take That festival, it's time to break out their old albums.
Take That's first was released in the summer of 1992, after the group had already put out 5 singles. It took awhile for them to catch on--their first three singles were not big hits, but by the time this came out, they had scored their first top 10 hit with "It Only Takes a Minute." Two more would follow later, including the ballad "A Million Love Songs."
Although love songs are characteristic of boybands in general, there are surprisingly few slow songs on this album. In fact, it's pretty high-energy dance pop not that different from what European "dance" acts of the time such as Haddaway or Black Box were doing. "Once You've Tasted Love," for example, has a very prominent dance beat. "It Only Takes a Minute" is also upbeat, although sounds more like something other later boybands would do.
"Could It Be Magic" has a retro-disco sound, complete with Bee Gees-esque harmonies. It's not a classic by any means, but it did its job to launch the group. Best: It Only Takes a Minute, A Million Love Songs, Once You've Tasted Love, Could It Be Magic (3/5).