Review: Take That is mainly waiting for the return of Robbie Williams | Show

Former boy band Take That seems to be mainly killing time on its ninth album until Robbie Williams joins the group again.

What next for the former boy group Take That? In Great Britain the formation is still good for sold-out arenas, but in the rest of Europe it seems to have to wait until the most popular group member, Robbie Williams, rejoins the trio. The fact that the fifth band member, Jason Orange, has not been active since 2014 is less of a problem.

Williams left the band at the height of his boy band fame in 1995. The band disbanded a year later, only to start a second life in 2005. When Williams took part again in 2011, it was a success Progress the band’s best album to date.

Although the once hostile relations have now been restored, Williams has again given priority to his solo career. It makes the three remaining members – singers Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and former dancer Howard Donald, all in their fifties – seem to be somewhat in a vacuum.

Their ninth studio album was partly recorded in Nashville, but sounds little different from their previous work since their comeback: family-friendly Britpop and swelling ballads. Windows, Brand New Sun or Days I Hate Myself; Take That undeniably has a good ear for a melodic chorus, but will mainly wait for Williams’ third return.