Advantages Heartwarming, sensitive ballad with a marvellous hook
Disadvantages It's not that cool to admit being enthusiastic about a former boy band's music
There are some things you shouldn’t really admit to doing, particularly once you, ahem, reach middle age. Reading Enid Blyton for your own pleasure...biting your nails....stamping your foot in a temper...waxing lyrical over boy bands....So it’s just as well that Take That, each of whom are now in their late 30s and early 40s, can no longer really be called a boy band.
The lyrics are straightforward enough. A guy has been badly hurt in love once already, and is asking his new amour for a little patience. Most of us can identify with having been in that situation. ‘Still hurting from the love I lost....My heart is so numb, has no feeling....The scars run so deep, it’s been hard but I have to believe.’It opens softly with just an acoustic guitar being plucked, before Gary Barlow’s vocal comes in on the first verse, with subtle strings in the background. The chorus – ‘Cause I-I-I-I-I need time’ – has one of those utterly irresistible hooks that will lodge itself firmly in your brain after you’ve heard it a few times, I promise. If you listen on headphones, you can appreciate the full force of the strings on one channel, and the backing vocals on the other, particularly behind the bridge. Then after that all the instruments cut out, apart from the one acoustic guitar that we heard on the intro, and a few soft staccato notes, presumably some electronic instrument, before the drums lead gently but surely into the final choruses. And then they have the audacity – or sense of adventure – to end the whole song on a minor chord.
I know what some of you are saying. Take That are a finely-choreographed, manufactured group with a limited amount of input into the song itself, and are probably more in evidence in that video shot in Iceland, the place not the discount food store (see Youtube, as ever) than on the recorded music itself. You’re probably right. It is credited to Take That and John Shanks as writers, Shanks (guitar, bass, keyboards) being the group’s arranger and producer. Barlow, lead vocalist, is also credited with piano on the song, presumably the only member to play an instrument on it.
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|How does it compare to the artist's other releases?||Outstanding|
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