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  • Summary: The inaugural major-label LP from the Bay Area indie rockers, whose 1998 debut album 'I Become Small And Go' garnered them Best New Artist honors from Spin.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
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  1. It's one of the best rock and roll records in years... the disc is a layered, beautiful thing that touches on every influence the band has revealed through its years with a refined production style that sounds at once edgy and glitteringly smooth.
  2. 80
    Time -- and a bigger production budget -- has lost Creeper Lagoon's fuzzy, scatty edge to a fuller, more cohesive sound.
  3. 80
    What's most striking is simply that they are able to take such a drastically different tack with this album and still end up sounding like the same band.
  4. Full of solid songwriting and catchy melodies that do not pander to the cliches so often found in mainstream pop/rock albums.
  5. But if it verges on generic pop-rock, Take Back... also has more hooks than a bait and tackle shop.
  6. Like Creeper's previous albums, Take Back The Universe is a delicate piece of criss-crossing jangles and loose-limbed riffs, but the shimmery sprawl never coalesces into anything concrete. [#154, p.73]
  7. 40
    Creeper retain their melodic ingenuity and slowly ascending anthems, but their vision is scattered -- the band can't decide on a single melody per song, so they ramble from one promising yet half-formed tune to the next. [Jun/Jul 2001, p.107]

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  1. MarkK
    Aug 6, 2003
    I hate the title AND the cover. The music however, I love. Great disc. Spin trashes it? Spin? Hey Guccione, put Brittney back on your cover you Jann Werner wannabe. This is one truly fun album. 'Moses has quietly forgiven you........for living alone.' Expand

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