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Album Review

With two number one singles and a multi-platinum debut album under his belt, Take That's most musically gifted member, Gary Barlow, appeared to be fulfilling the "next George Michael" expectations heaped upon him following their split. However, his 1999 follow-up, Twelve Months, Eleven Days, brought him crashing down to earth in his biggest career misstep since his former boy band's embarrassing jelly-smearing first video. Released in the midst of Robbie Williams' chart domination, Barlow needed to have recorded something with a little more substance than the watered-down pop of Open Road if he was to have any chance of competing with his virtually untouchable former bandmate, something that its lowly number 36 chart position seemed to firmly confirm he failed to do. Next to Williams' inventive and charismatic stadium-sized brand of Brit-pop, its MOR leanings were always going to appear safe and uninspired, but compared to the likes of Ronan Keating's solo output, perhaps Barlow's more appropriate closest contemporary, it's certainly no disgrace either. Comeback single "Stronger" was an infectious slice of Enrique Iglesias-style Latin dance-pop, co-penned with the team behind Cher's "Believe"; the funky "Fast Love"-esque "Wondering" showed he was capable of pulling off the George Michael uptempos as well as the heartfelt ballads; and "Walk" was a surprisingly accomplished stab at slick new jack swing-inspired R&B — all proving that Barlow hadn't exactly lost his ability to write infectious melodies overnight. But the dull formulaic ballads that dominated its predecessor also rear their lifeless head here as well, with both "Don't Need a Reason" and closer "Yesterday's Girl" sounding like '80s Eurovision Song Contest entries as performed by Cliff Richard, while it's hard to believe that the joyless "For All That You Want" was produced by Max Martin, the man who just a few months earlier was responsible for Britney's iconic "Baby One More Time." Previously a largely forgotten swan song to a glittering career, in the wake of Take That's triumphant revival Twelve Months, Eleven Days has witnessed something of a reassessment. And while there's nothing here that would appear on a Gary Barlow greatest-hits collection, it's certainly not the car crash that its dismal sales suggest. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

One of my favorite albums of all time

Everyone knows how talented Gary is, so there's no point in extoling his virtues. Nevertheless, this album is the best collection of work Gary has ever produced. The songs are all excellent, bar 'Stronger' (which was—unbelievably—the lead single from this album; why the weakest song on the album was released as a single (let alone the *lead* single from the album) is something that still boggles my mind. Leaving that aside, this album is absolutely excellent. 'For All That You Want' is the best song, but (bar Stronger), every song is a treat, and the whole album can be listed to without skipping a single song. Definitely Gary's greatest and most consistent body of work, so if you love Take That, then this album will absolutely delight you!

AMAZING MAN

this album is beautiful, sadly did not recieve the credit it deserved :( Lie to Me is just perfection, those who didnt buy it first time around should be ashamed but never mind, here is your chance to make up for it! This man is a musical genius and this album is perfection. I love you Gary Barlow!

Why???

Why dint this get higher in album charts first time round? Brill easy listerning album well worth download

Biography

Born: 20 January 1971 in Cheshire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With an eventful career echoing the trajectory of a roller coaster, pop vocalist Gary Barlow, the linchpin of Britain's biggest-ever boy band, Take That, struggled to compete with the success of the group's most tabloid-friendly member, Robbie Williams, before a phenomenal reunion restored his reputation as one of Britain's most accomplished songwriters. Born in Frodsham, Cheshire in 1971, Barlow was inspired to start playing the keyboard after watching a performance of Depeche Mode's "Just Can't...
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