Myth Takes - !!! [Chik Chik Chik]
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. If Louden Up Now was the sound of !!! trying to integrate their fusion of conflicting ideas and failing admirably, Myth Takes is the band not giving a damn and succeeding improbably at something even more interesting.
  2. Their best yet: it’s multi-faceted like no release before it (from the band’s catalogue), and each and every nuance is super funky.
  3. 90
    [The band has] gotten down to the more important work of constructing airtight grooves with just enough weirding-out to show their legion of followers that it takes more than a drummer with good 16th-note skills to rock this party right. [Mar 2007, p.96]
  4. Their most accessible and uncompromising album.... !!! deftly balance adventurousness with fun--a potent combo that too few bands achieve. [Apr 2007, p.192]
  5. Much like their debut, it'll take a few listens to be pulled towards Myth Takes by the force operates at its core.
  6. [Myth Takes] basically finds the group taking the best parts of their past releases and improving on them in dramatic ways.
  7. The major stumbling blocks of !!!'s shtick still pertain.
  8. No longer experimenting for experimentation's sake, every beat-breaking decision on Myth Takes serves to reinforce the monumental rhythms.
  9. Myth Takes is a taut culmination that may just tear dance floors asunder with its locomotive inexorability.
  10. 80
    Parts of Myth Takes [are] as close to commercial... as !!! can get without combusting. [Apr 2007, p.92]
  11. Not too many bands even in heyday of the initial wave of dance-punk released records as full of energy, intelligence, and ferocious funk as this.
  12. The only problem is that, like the Rapture last year, they've made their best album a good three years after the cultural capital of discopunk has been spent.
  13. There are lots of references thrown into their oddball funk, but it's starting to sound completely logical and natural.
  14. "Myth Takes" ... should see the festive art-rock collective bop its way out of cult status, as each of the 10 cuts on this album adventurously cascade through genres without ever losing a groove. [10 Mar 2007]
  15. With a marked improvement in lyrical content, !!! have also brought the beats.
  16. 78
    With Myth Takes, [!!!] cleans up from trying to get people to trip balls and instead tries to make them just dance really fucking hard for like an hour or so... while tripping balls. [#24, p.96]
  17. Few can match their percussive intensity. Weaker are their attempts at acutal songs, of which there are a few too many here. [9 Mar 2007, p.109]
  18. It delivers on the promise of Louden Up, with infectious beats and a kitchen-sink approach.
  19. Myth Takes is certainly more epic than the band's first two albums, and in most ways improves on their Clash + speed + funk equation. [#16, p.89]
  20. 70
    Too bad about the self-important, chanted lyrics, which rattle on even when the band's trying to stretch out and groove. [Apr 2007, p.110]
  21. 70
    Myth Takes juxtaposes tribal post-punk with crooked attempts at actual pop, giving their epic groove-riders a booty-stimulating boost. [Mar 2007, p.86]
  22. Myth Takes doesn't confuse whiny indie solipsism with aerobic ass-jiggling. Ditching the former leads to the salacious fun of the latter. [Mar 2007, p.68]
  23. Myth Takes is a record that's tough not to enjoy, even while you're wondering if you shouldn't.
  24. 70
    If you're sitting still through Myth Takes, you might be dead. [#75, p.90]
  25. Yet even if the lyrics actively discourage the application of your undivided attention, this is !!!'s most songful work yet.
  26. As previous albums did, Myth Takes sees !!! aiming high in terms of grandiosity and intensity but falling short of its ambitions.
  27. Your record collection still only really needs a couple of Chk Chk Chk 12"s and that Out Hud album, but don't pass on the chance to see them live.
  28. 60
    You're left feeling less !!! than ??? [Apr 2007, p.102]
  29. Rather than working as a listening experience, Myth Takes feels more like a dry run for one of !!!'s compulsive live shows. [Apr 2007, p.116]
  30. Tedium is a problem, but danceability is a given.
  31. Taken within the context of !!!’s (and, by default, OUT HUD’s) legacy, it doesn’t feel like a step in any particular direction so much as a million ideas left to duke it out.
  32. There are moments when they seem to lose sight of what it is exactly that makes them so interesting to begin with, writing songs that seem stuck halfway between dance and conventional indie rock.
  33. 40
    !!! certainly have talent and energy, but not the heart to self-edit. [Apr 2007, p.130]
User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. May 30, 2013
    8
    Funky album. Myth Takes, All My Heroes Are Weirdos, Must Be the Moon, Heart of Hearts, Yadnus, and Bend Over Beethoven were excellent songs. deserves to be big. Full Review »
  2. Apr 2, 2011
    8
    Myth Takes is a strange wonderful art album. It blends psychedelic rock with dance-rock so perfectly well together. The stand out track is easily "Must Be The Moon". Each track sounds more different than the one before it. All In All, Chk Chk Chk have crafted a strange album that blends psychedelic and punk rock perfectly. B+ Full Review »
  3. JohnR.
    Oct 21, 2007
    10
    Great ´n funky