Britain’s legendary boy-turn-man band Take That releasedThis Life, the pop favorites’ ninth and latest studio full length.
Released at the stroke of midnight, This Life represents the third iteration of Take That members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen, and is the followup to 2017’s Wonderland, which peaked at #2 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart.
The UK trio’s, 12-track collection includes the first release “Windows,” and is embedded with “that feeling of spreading your wings, letting out the old and bringing in the new,” stated Donald.
The recording for This Life started early-2023 in Nashville’s historic RCA Studios A produced by 9-time Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb, followed by sessions in New York, Los Angeles, London and Barcelona, with additional production from Jennifer Decilveo (Hozier, Miley Cyrus).
In a statement about their new LP, Owen said “There’s a sense of togetherness with this record, whether that’s us coming back together as a band or people wanting connection in their own lives.”
Formed as a 5-member act in 1989 – including Barlow, Donald, Owen, Jason Orange and Robbie Williams – Take That was one of the biggest bands of their generation in the United Kingdom.
Former bandmate Williams embarked on an astonishing solo career 25 years ago, and is currently on tour in Australia. Jason Orange split from Take That in September of 2014.
Take that has enjoyed twelve #1 UK singles, and eight #1 UK albums, but only one top 10 hit in the United States with “Back for Good,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1995.
According to Barlow, recording an album of new material was about “that feeling of getting back together as a band, and heading back out into the world again,”
In support of their new album, Take That will embark on a 2024 tour including 41 dates across 15 cities in England and Ireland. Also, a run of pan-European outdoor dates, under the title This Life Under the Stars, are booked in June and July 2024.