Take That

Nobody Else

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Presaging the teen-pop phenomenon of the late '90s, Take That took Great Britain by storm in 1993. They didn't, however, hit the States until this release, and even then they hardly made a dent, with only the single "Back for Good" getting any airplay. Where Hanson sparked the boy band craze in the U.S. with a tight band, assured songwriting, good vocals, and an appreciation for rock & roll, and the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC gave us lush harmonies and production, Take That lacks the confidence or the style of even the weakest cut by the above-mentioned groups. With lyrics like "Love ain't here anymore / it's gone away to a town called yesterday," you almost snap out of the coma the rest of the album has induced -- simply because the lines are laughable. Despite lilting vocals on "Back for Good" and the surprisingly risqué "Babe," there isn't a cut that stands out on Nobody Else. Teen pop isn't always art, but it still needs to be well done and have a little bite. This album doesn't offer either.

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