Wonderland (Take That album)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Wonderland
Wonderland cover.png
Studio album by
Released24 March 2017 (2017-03-24)
Studio
GenrePop
Length41:32
LabelPolydor
Producer
Take That chronology
III
(2014)
Wonderland
(2017)
Odyssey
(2018)
Singles from Wonderland
  1. "Giants"
    Released: 17 February 2017
  2. "New Day"
    Released: 5 May 2017

Wonderland is the eighth studio album by English band Take That. It was released on 24 March 2017 through Polydor Records.[1]

Background[edit]

On 22 October 2016 Take That announced the album and its release date along with the tour dates in support of it, which are due to start in May. It was also confirmed that Robbie Williams and Jason Orange would not be rejoining the band for the album and tour. The band worked with various producers on the album including Tony Hoffer, Stuart Price and Mike Crossey.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

David Smyth from the London Evening Standard gave a positive three-star review, calling it "Enough to thrill the masses, and business as usual", and wrote: "Their eighth album overall feels like business as usual too, with a full sound, rich in arm waving choruses and blandly uplifting lyrics ("Music makes me feel good," "We can conquer any mountain," "Every morning is a brand new day," etc.)."[3] Michael Cragg from The Guardian gave a mixed two-star review, calling Take That "The boyband equivalent of a Reliant Robin", and went on to write: "the overwhelming feeling is of an album made purely to justify taking the show around the arenas. While that's not exactly a new concept, the cynicism of the idea bleeds into the music, with most of the tracks built around cavernous, chant heavy choruses."[4]

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Giants" was released on 17 February 2017 as the first single and was produced by Mark Ralph.[5] it peaked at 13 on the UK Singles Chart.

"New Day" was released on 5 May 2017 as the second single.[6]

Tour[edit]

On 22 October 2016, Take That announced that they would embark on a UK arena and stadium tour in support of the album. The Wonderland Live tour began on 5 May 2017 in Birmingham, England at the Genting Arena and concluded on 22 November 2017, in Auckland, New Zealand, at The Trusts Arena.[citation needed]

Commercial performance[edit]

Wonderland debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart with first week equivalent sales of 113,200 copies,[7] giving Take That their eighth top five studio album. Held off the top spot by Ed Sheeran's ÷, it became Take That's first album not to reach number one since Take That & Party peaked at number two in 1992. It reached number three in Ireland[8] and also peaked at two in Scotland.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Wonderland" (lead vocals: Barlow, Donald)Charlie Russel4:53
2."Giants" (lead vocals: Barlow)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
  • Norton
  • Mark
Mark Ralph3:53
3."New Day" (lead vocals: Barlow, Owen, Donald)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
  • Simon Strömstedt
Ralph3:29
4."Lucky Stars" (lead vocals: Barlow, Owen, Donald)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
  • Strömstedt
  • Noel Svahn
Stuart Price3:29
5."And the Band Plays" (lead vocals: Barlow)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
Russel3:53
6."Superstar" (lead vocals: Owen)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
Price3:14
7."Hope" (lead vocals: Barlow)
Tony Hoffer3:44
8."River" (lead vocals: Owen)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
  • Norton
  • Mark
Mike Crossey2:55
9."The Last Poet" (lead vocals: Barlow)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
Price3:16
10."Every Revolution" (lead vocals: Donald)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
  • Norton
  • Mark
Russel4:12
11."It's All for You" (lead vocals: Barlow)
  • Barlow
  • Donald
  • Owen
Hoffer4:29
Total length:41:32

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes.[10]

Take That[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Ryan Carline – keyboards and engineering (tracks 1, 3‒7, 9‒12), vocal production (1), programming (4), vocal engineering (8)
  • Charlie Russell – programming (tracks 1, 5, 10, 13), keyboards and additional engineering (2), mixing (13)
  • Ben Mark – guitar (tracks 1, 5, 10, 13), programming (1)
  • Paul Turner – bass guitar (tracks 1, 5, 10, 13)
  • Jamie Norton – piano, keyboards (tracks 1, 10, 13)
  • Ash Soan – drums (tracks 1, 10, 13)
  • Mike Stevens – saxophone (track 1)
  • Nicolas Magriel – sarangi, tanpura (track 1)
  • Jon Green – acoustic guitar, keyboards (track 5)
  • Dan Broughton – drums (track 5)
  • Tom Rees-Roberts, Andy Greenwood – trumpet (track 5)
  • Pete Beachill, Richard Wigley – trombone (track 5)
  • Philip Jewson – horn arrangement and conducting (track 5)
  • Tom Upex – engineering (tracks 1, 5, 10, 13)
  • Jonny Solway – assistant engineering (track 1), engineering (5, 10, 13)
  • Charlie Rolfe – assistant engineering (tracks 5, 10, 13)
  • Jack Hudson – assistant engineering (tracks 10, 13)
  • Mark Ralph – bass guitar, guitar, synthesizer, programming (tracks 2, 3, 14), mandolin, ukulele (3)
  • Geoff Holroyde – drums (tracks 2, 3, 14), backing vocals (2)
  • Scott Ralph – horns, percussion (track 3)
  • Tom AD Fuller – assistant engineering (tracks 2, 14), backing vocals (2), engineering (3)
  • Drew Smith – assistant engineering (tracks 2, 14), engineering (3)
  • Hayley Carline – backing vocals (tracks 3‒5)
  • Andy Caine – backing vocals (tracks 3, 5)
  • Will Malonestrings arrangement and conducting (tracks 2, 3, 11)
  • Perry Montague‐Mason – strings leader (tracks 2, 3, 11)
  • Isobel Griffiths – string contractor (tracks 2, 3, 11)
  • Susie Gillis – assistant string contractor (tracks 2, 3, 11)
  • Stuart Price – keyboards, programming (tracks 4, 6, 9), bass guitar, mixing (4), guitar (6, 9)
  • Simon Strömstedt – backing vocals, keyboards, programming (track 4)
  • Tony Hoffer – bass guitar, guitar, synthesizer, programming and engineering (tracks 7, 11, 12), mixing (12)
  • Dave Palmer – keyboards (tracks 7, 11, 12)
  • Denny Weston Jr. – drums (tracks 7, 11)
  • Tom Baxter – guitar and string arrangement (track 7)
  • Oli Langford – violin, viola and string arrangement (track 7)
  • Danny Keane – cello (track 7)
  • Cameron Lister – engineering (tracks 7, 11, 12), mixing (12)
  • Mike Crossey – bass guitar, synthesizer, programming (track 8)
  • Jonathan Gilmore – guitar and recording engineering (track 8)
  • Rosie Crossey – drums (track 8)
  • TSA "The Session Agency" – gospel choir (track 14)
  • Priscilla Jones – gospel choir arrangement (track 14)
  • Matt Furmidge and Dominic Joshua Alexander Liu for Metrophonic Productions – keyboards (track 15)
  • Rosie Danvers at Wired Strings – strings (track 15)
  • Sigmaproduction (track 15)
  • Scott Rosser – mastering (track 15)
  • Mark "Spike" Stent – mixing
  • Geoff Swan – assistant mixing
  • Michael Freeman – assistant mixing (except tracks 2, 3)
  • Tim Young – mastering (except track 15)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[26] Gold 202,000[25]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wonderland (Deluxe) by Take That". iTunes Store (GB). Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ Flint, Hanna (17 February 2017). "Take That announce eighth studio album Wonderland WITHOUT Robbie Williams or Jason Orange". OK! magazine. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ Smyth, David (24 March 2017). "Take That – Wonderland review: 'enough to thrill the masses'". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. ^ Cragg, Michael (24 March 2017). "Take That: Wonderland first-listen review – the boyband equivalent of a Reliant Robin". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ Houghton, Rianne (17 February 2017). "Take That unveil their massive new single 'Giants'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Take That unveil their second new single 'New Day'". NME. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  7. ^ Copsey, Rob (31 March 2017). "Ed Sheeran beats Take That as ÷ claims a fourth week at Number 1". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Official Irish Albums Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  10. ^ Wonderland (liner notes). Take That. Polydor. 2017.CS1 maint: others (link)
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Take That – Wonderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Take That – Wonderland" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Take That – Wonderland" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Take That – Wonderland" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Take That – Wonderland" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  16. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Take That – Wonderland" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  17. ^ "Greek Albums Chart: 14 April 2017". IFPI Greece. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Take That". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Take That – Wonderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Oricon Archive -=ロビー・ウィリアムスのアルバム売上ランキング" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  21. ^ "Top 100 Álbumes — Semana 13: del 24.03.2017 al 30.03.2017" (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Take That – Wonderland". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  24. ^ White, Jack (3 January 2018). "The Top 40 biggest albums of 2017 on the Official Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  25. ^ Myers, Justin (9 July 2017). "The Official Top 40 biggest artist albums of 2017 so far". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  26. ^ "British album certifications – Take That – Wonderland". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Wonderland in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.