Progress is Take That's third album since their resurgence in 2006, and their first with Robbie since he left the band in 1995. From 1996 to about 2002, Robbie was practically the biggest male solo artist in the UK, releasing multi-platinum albums and hit singles back to back. Things took a nosedive after his Intensive Care album, which was followed by a string of lacklustre albums - Rudebox and Reality Killed The Video Star. After releasing his second greatest hits compilation last year, which featured the duet Shame with Gary Barlow, Robbie decided to rejoin Take That and rejuvenate his career.
The fans were clearly happy with the decision and propelled Progress to the top of the charts and becoming the second fastest-selling album of all time in the UK. Their sales dominance did not really cross over to radio, as only the first single The Flood made an impact on the airwaves. Follow up singles Kidz and Happy Now didn't get much airplay. However, the fans are clamouring to watch them live in concert, as their Progress Live tour sold out in record time, becoming the biggest tour in the UK.
On June 13th, they will be re-releasing the album as a 2CD set, titled Progressed, with eight new songs including Love Love, the theme song from the X-Men: First Class movie.
This Special Limited Edition of Progress I have contains the CD album and the DVD film Take That: Look Back, Don't Stare, a documentary detailing Robbie's return to the band and the recording of the album. They are housed in a nice box, but there aren't any additional bonus items in it.
Let's hope that Take That will come to Singapore one day. Would love to watch them in concert!