Yet another Take That single is winging its way into the charts. In celebration of Said It All, here’s is my six-point review of the single:
- Gary Barlow’s yelping falsetto is fast becoming one of the most overused devices in pop music today. Yes, more than autotune. It seems that every song Take That do these days is riddled with his bleating falsetto, which does not make up for the lack of emotion in his voice.
- Mark Owen’s voice sounds increasingly feeble – not just on this track, but when they performed on Jonathan Ross the other week. His little piece at the end of the song sounds like a drunk Mancunian pensioner at a karaoke night.
- The song itself is a solid pop/rock ballad and evokes U2 and Coldplay in its shimmering guitar work and build-up to an epic crescendo.
- Unfortunately, it’s horribly derivitive as a direct result of this. Sure, it might appeal to the more mature pop fans, but after Patience, Rule The World and Greatest Day, this type of TT tune is becoming bland and boring. Rule The World (my personal favourite) worked so well because it was unique, but Barlow has repeated the trick so many times it’s becoming like a production line of adult-oriented ballads.
- I still can’t escape the fact that the song itself is actually very good. Yes, it could have been constructed from Gary’s “How To Write A Hit Single” instruction manual, but Said It All is a superbly constructed pop song albeit highly likely to be forgotten as soon as the airplay stops.
- You really can have too much of a good thing.
Take That fans should know that I’ve been moved to a secure bunker for my own protection. Now, tell me what you think…