Take That have released their highly anticipated new album This Life. The brand-new record is the band’s ninth studio album and their first since 2017’s Wonderland.
This Life is a vibrant body of work that sees the band at their most confident musically. With nods to Hall & Oates, Supertramp, Wings, Elton John, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, the album finds Gary, Mark, and Howard focus on vocals. This emphasis highlights the album’s beautiful melodies, soaring choruses, and sophisticated harmonies—all blended together in the signature Take That style.
This Life marks the start of Take That’s brave third chapter and has an undeniable sense of warmth coming from the excitement that the three friends felt being back in the studio together again. “It was about that feeling of getting back together as a band, and heading back out into the world again,” explains Gary, with Howard adding: “It has that feeling of spreading your wings, letting out the old and bringing in the new.”
“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,” says Mark. It’s the perfect introduction to a record that sees Take That evolve once more, without ever losing what makes them so special.
Recording started early this year at Nashville’s Historic RCA Studios A with nine-time Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Lady Gaga, Barry Gibb, Brandi Carlisle) and ended in New York via Savannah, Los Angeles, London, and Barcelona with Jennifer Decilveo (Hozier, Miley Cyrus) also on production duties.
“This Life is a real celebration of the three of us,” says Gary, with each member bringing confident and considered ideas to the table. “A lot of this record is about being supported and feeling more confident in, amongst and around each other” he adds.