Circus

Take That

Circus

Album number seven, and the follow up to the critically well received Blackout

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
RCA
UK Release date
01/12/2008
  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Another sure-fire number one.
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  2. 8.0 |   The List

    One of 2008’s finest singles, ‘Womanizer’ is an excellent place to start, and soon gives way to a plethora of instant Spears classics.
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  3. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    Nowhere near as cohesive as Blackout...there a few duffers here but who really cares? In the midst of so much personal chaos, this most mystifying of pop stars.. has released 30 minutes of pure, out-there sonic luxury.
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  4. 8.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Circus may not be as strange or disturbing as last year’s superb Blackout, but it knocks for six recent efforts by rivals such as Madonna and Beyoncé.
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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Another sure-fire number one.
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  6. 8.0 |   BBC

    The Flood, is unexpected: with its huge, widescreen production, booming drum rolls and faux-profound lyrics, it instantly makes the next U2 album redundant
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  7. 7.0 |   The Observer

    Where before you pitied the beast in the ring, now you can applaud without feeling ill with complicity
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  8. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Britney may have left the psych ward, but on Circus, she proves she's still a freak... Britney hasn't lost her talent: Her fans still can't look away.
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  9. 6.5 |   Daily Telegraph

    Circus is paranoid, defensive, angry and aggressive, shot through with self-pity.
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  10. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    'Circus' will have the haters blushing in shame
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  11. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    Obviously all is still not perfect in Britney's world, but Circus still does more than enough to remind us of why she's one of the world's most iconic pop stars.
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  12. 6.0 |   PopMatters

    Not everything hits the target, but she’s offered us something intermittently wonderful that proves she can still black us out even when she’s on the up and up.
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  13. 6.0 |   Blender

    Her detached, technology -tweaked singing always gave Britney’s Lolita act a she’s-not-there edge; it made her sound hard-hearted, impervious and mercenary, a Darwinian diva.
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  14. 6.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Half the other songs on 'The Circus' sound prepped to become big sellers
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  15. 6.0 |   musicOMH

    While The Circus will undoubtedly sell bucketloads of copies, it does all become rather samey after a while. As reunions go though, this one seems to putting the likes of All Saints to shame.
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  16. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    So, what next for Take That? Will Brian Eno get the call? Stranger things have happened in their remarkable comeback.
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  17. 5.5 |   Daily Telegraph

    Take That give the impression they are happy to still be in the ring, putting on a show.
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  18. 5.0 |   The Observer

    This is a pretty anaemic procession of soft rock clichés, with big choruses and bigger platitudes.
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  19. 5.0 |   NME

    Truth is, though, she sounds most at home on sickly sweet, maudlin closer ‘My Baby’. Which might just say it all about who she really is.
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