's lead single from upcoming album III
premiered this morning, and Gary
sat down with Chris Evans
for an interview for BBC Radio 2. First up, the song is called "These Days," and it was produced by Greg Kurstin
. I know it's supposed to be a throwback to TT's early '90s boy band days, but to me it almost feels too
pop, if that makes any sense?
I've never been a huge fan of Greg Kurstin
's. I liked the last Tegan And Sara
album, but I thought the stuff he did with Pink
on The Truth About Love
was a tad bland, as typified by ho-hum lead single "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)". It's not bad
, it's just...there.
At any rate, a press release notes the following: "It's a nod to the sound that defined their early years, an out-and-out feel good pop smash that isn't like anything they produced following the 2006 reunion."
Luckily, the release goes on to say that the "song shows just one element from the album, which incorporates a mix of styles and sounds influenced by their last three LPs."
Anyway, the guys worked with a variety of producers this time around, including Kurstin, John Shanks
(who produced 2006's Beautiful World
, 2008's The Circus
and their "Rule The World" single), Stuart Price
and 2011's Progressed
EP) and Jeff Lynne
Here's their full BBC interview from this morning. (Interesting comment from Howard, when asked what he'll miss/not miss about Jason Orange
: "Jason is the better break dancer, he's always been fantastic, but if I was gay I could never be his boyfriend because he's a bit annoying, and a bit too deep for me.")
And here's hoping "These Days" is a grower.
Take That, III
1. These Days
2. Let In The Sun
3. If You Want It
6. Higher Than Higher
7. I Like It
8. Give You My Love
10. Into The Wild
12. Get Ready For It
15. Do It For All For Love