Take Them On, On Your Own - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Take Them On, On Your Own Image
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  • Summary: The London-by-way-of-Los-Angeles-by-way-of-San Francisco rockers known as JAMC--er, make that BRMC--return with their second LP, which actually finds the group distancing themselves (at least a little) from the Jesus and Mary Chain-influenced sound of their debut.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
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  1. 100
    The band's equally impressive second album grooves with both a Detroit hipster sound and some spacey atmosphere.
  2. Anyone with any vague taste in good music needs to own this album, right now.
  3. This is still an excellent band composed of three excellent musicians who can produce one hell of a noise.
  4. More varied and satisfying than its predecessor.
  5. 70
    They run out of steam completely towards the end.... But there's still plenty here to justify giving up your heart to that simple chord all over again. [Sep 2003, p.110]
  6. 60
    BRMC continue on a predictable arc, borrowing heavily from Psychocandy-era Jesus & Mary Chain melodies, coked-up Rolling Stones licks, and My Bloody Valentine's production values. [#23, p.88]
  7. A skull-numbingly dull record, utterly bereft of the anti-establishment rhetoric these boring fakers aspire to.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
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  1. KarlMarx
    May 30, 2005
    10
    A breath of fresh air, a Christian band that have stood up publicly and opposed George Bush. Anyway back to music, with its superbly dark instrumentals and challenging lyrics the album marks a deeply inspirational journey into The bands minds and thoughts in a way that impacts the listener. A true rarity in today's music. Expand
  2. ShireenH
    May 22, 2004
    10
    It's refereshing to hear some good come from the USA. There is still hope for the greed driven country. Looking forward to hear more and more music from BRMC. Expand
  3. Rydia
    Sep 5, 2003
    9
    Say what you want, but you can never be neutral about this disc. If you're going to judge it based on the silly expectations of hearing the Jesus and Mary Chain over again, don't bother. The songs are all solid, exciting, and enough to keep them wedged in your brain all day and they have an amazing amount of quotibility. Expand
  4. joycew
    Nov 20, 2003
    9
    I've never heard their first cd but after hearing "Take Them On..." I've got to go buy the first. They have got a dark sound that I love.
  5. JustinA.
    Sep 17, 2003
    7
    Not quite as good as their first one. Nothing to equal Love Burns, Punk Song, or Spread your love. But a lot of good stuff nevertheless when they avoid sounding too much like the last album. Expand

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