Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. A far more accomplished work than anyone suspected this bunch of deadbeats capable of.
  2. Really, if your parents don't dig this, there's something wrong with them. This is music for the drive to pick up the kids from soccer practice, or to the doctor for dad's yearly prostate exam.
  3. 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.
  4. But with gems like “Keep From Moving” and the country-tinged "Under the Tracks,” and even the vaguely disturbing, second-hand Bowie of “Lover’s Leap," the Creepers rein in their messier instincts, paring the proceedings down to smart, singalong and ultimately giddy jangle-pop.
  5. 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.
  6. Bucks expectations and actually makes good on the indie rock promise of the band's full-length debut, 1998's overhyped albeit underwhelming I Become Small and Go.
  7. 13 tracks which magically blend heavenly guitar weavings with penetrating melodies.
  8. The material is maddeningly inconsistent, sometimes in the course of the same song.
  9. But if it verges on generic pop-rock, Take Back... also has more hooks than a bait and tackle shop.
  10. It's all hugely ridiculous, of course, but executed with a surprising amount of passion.
  11. Alternative Press
    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]
  12. Blender
    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]
  13. Entertainment Weekly
    Bold indie-pop melodies with judicious dashes of dream pop and electronica, set to big-money production. [4/27/2001, p.119]
  14. 80
    Time -- and a bigger production budget -- has lost Creeper Lagoon's fuzzy, scatty edge to a fuller, more cohesive sound.
  15. Where most rock bands that try to play pop forget that pop music requires pop songs, Sefchik and Laguana are constructionists in the classic pop tradition.
  16. Full of solid songwriting and catchy melodies that do not pander to the cliches so often found in mainstream pop/rock albums.
  17. Magnet
    Their dizzy, easygoing drone-pop has been replaced with faceless consistency, a sonic chutzpah that cries out "modern rock." This in itself doesn't mean Take Back... is a flop -- far from it. [#49, p.71]
  18. Spin
    The ideal major-label debut for the age of modern-rock insecurity -- think Everclear minus the arrogance. [5/2001, p.141]
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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 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.' Full Review »