Take That的第五章录音室专辑The Circus于08年12月1日发行。有趣的是，专辑和Britney Spears的那张新砖撞车：专辑都有Circus字样，更要命的是他们同一天发行！乐队的经理人称这仅仅是个巧合，而且小伙子们比Britney创作的时间要早好几个月呢，所以就不更换名字了。
第一支单曲Greatest Day在08年11月24日发行，第二支单曲Up All Night发行于09年3月2日。单曲The Garden仅在德国，荷兰和奥地利发行于3月20日。这支单曲MV在格林威治海上博物馆拍摄。最新的一支单曲Said It All是6月15日发行的。
BBC Music称，“令人眩目的专辑，他们在音乐上进入的成熟期就像良好年份酿制的葡萄酒一样。”每日镜报称，“将这种易错的特质（指的是专辑中的"The Circus"马戏和"Clown"小丑，译者注)收录在专辑里，无疑会使他们和歌迷的关系更加紧密。”Sunday Mercury称，“Take That继承了上张专辑的优点，Greatest Day无疑会是继Patience之后又一个完美的流行作品。”雅虎音乐称这是继上一张之后又一部毫无瑕疵的作品。
星期日泰晤士报指出，新砖无疑会取得很不错的销售成绩，因为有着众多值得推荐的曲目，诸如The Garden, Greatest Day, Said It All以及让Amy Winehouse怀念不已的How Did It Come To This。“他们的回归是个成功的例子，第二张重组后的专辑依旧没有挥霍他们的才华。”
专辑首日销售13万张，前四天就超过了金唱片的指标，成为08年最畅销专辑。首周空降UK专辑榜榜首（12月7日），首周43万2490张的成绩是历史第3高的。专辑发行19日后专辑销量破百万张，成为历史上第2快破百万张的专辑，仅次于97年绿洲的“Be Here Now”。专辑在UK榜榜首停留了5周，也是当年最畅销专辑之一。08年专辑在欧洲销量突破了2百万，取得了双白金成绩，在IFPI的记录中是08年全球第27畅销专辑。
'The Circus' is the fifth studio album from the British boyband Take That. The album was released on 1 December 2008.
In the United Kingdom, the album was released in direct competition to the new Britney Spears album, also titled Circus, released on the same day. The band's manager claimed the album's title choice was a coincidence, and that Take That had worked 'months in advance' and would not be changing the title.
Take That released their first single from the album, "Greatest Day", on 24 November, and the second single "Up All Night" was released on 2 March 2009.The third single "The Garden", was released in Germany, The Netherlands and Australia on 20 March 2009. The video for the song was shot at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, South London. On 7 May 2009, Take That's Official Website confirmed the next single would be "Said It All". The official videoclip debuted on 8 May on GMTV. The single was released on 15 June 2009.
BBC Music said: "A stunning album, Take That are the vintage champagne of pop fizzing with playful bubbles and happily maturing with age" Daily Mirror stated that "they bring a fallible human quality to an album which is all about gilding their strong bond with their original fans."Sunday Mercury said: "Like its predecessor, The Circus boasts one killer track. Hit single Greatest Day is as pop-perfect now as Patience was back in 2006." Yahoo! Music UK stated that "as with its predecessor Beautiful World, The Circus possesses well crafted pop songs, with faultless production.Orange said: "An album of measured, mature songwriting by all four, it is by far their best".The Sunday Times stated that "The Circus will, no doubt, achieve similar sales, with songs as propulsive and swollen with giant choruses as The Garden, Greatest Day, Said It All and the apparently Amy Winehouse-referencing "How Did It Come to This".The Times said "then Take That’s return is the gold standard: a hugely successful second coming from a band determined not to fritter away their reserves of goodwill"
The Circus sold 133,000 copies on its first day of release.In the UK Albums Chart, the album sold 306,000 copies (going platinum) in the first four days of being on sale making The Circus the fastest selling album of the year.The album reached the top of the UK album charts on 7 December 2008 with total first-week sales of 432,490, the third highest opening sales week in UK history.The album debuted at #3 on the Irish Albums Chart and a week later rose to #1. On Friday 19 December 2008, the album had sold 1 million copies sold by its 19th day in UK shops, making it the second fastest album in the UK to reach 1 million copies, behind Oasis's Be Here Now in 1997. The album stayed on top of the UK albums chart for 5 weeks and became one of the biggest selling albums of 2008 in the UK.The album has been certified double platinum in Europe (inc the UK and Ireland) for sales in excess of two million copies and was the 27th best-selling album worldwide in 2008 according to IFPI.
04.Said It All
07.How Did It Come to This
08.Up All Night
09.What Is Love
11.Hold Up A Light