Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    The band's equally impressive second album grooves with both a Detroit hipster sound and some spacey atmosphere.
  2. Under The Radar
    90
    Where B.R.M.C. merely boiled, Take Them On is positively frothing. [#5, p.100]
  3. Anyone with any vague taste in good music needs to own this album, right now.
  4. 'Take Them On, On Your Own' is a masterpiece. You should get hold of it as soon as possible.
  5. The band sounds filthy and scorching.
  6. Filter
    85
    Even though it's more than good, you eventually find yourself thumbing through your CD piles in search of that first record. [#7, p.87]
  7. This is still an excellent band composed of three excellent musicians who can produce one hell of a noise.
  8. The sheer mass of sound, the density, the volume, the elaborate little codas at the end of every song are designed to impress and certainly do.
  9. More gutsy, more aggressive, and more dynamic than B.R.M.C.
  10. Alternative Press
    80
    Take Them On... repeats the San Francisco trio's bombast, peppered with slower tunes styled after Jesus And Mary Chain's dewy psychedelia, the Verve's noise-drenched moments and even Ride's droning perfection. [Oct 2003, p.134]
  11. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Form largely trumps meaning here: Take Them is as well suited to making out or breaking the speed limit as soundtracking an antiwar rally. [5 Sep 2003, p.74]
  12. In streamlining the elements of B.R.M.C., it jettisons the wrong half of the equation, eschewing substance for angular, affected form.
  13. Uncut
    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]
  14. Original it's not. But it still sounds awfully good while it's happening.
  15. Mojo
    70
    Powerful and anthemic, the trio's driving, Goth-forsaken rock can also be overwhelming and cloying. [Sep 2003, p.99]
  16. More varied and satisfying than its predecessor.
  17. The slower numbers (“Ha Ha High Babe,” “Shade of Blue”) rely less on showy atmosphere and more on loose guitar accents, which makes the whole affair earthier, rawer, more real.
  18. Fortunately, there are a handful of transcendent moments to be found, provided you're willing to invest the time it takes to sniff them out-- which you should, since this is one of those records that matures with subsequent spins.
  19. Outburn
    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]
  20. Blender
    60
    The dark spaciousness that boosted BRMC's uneven 2001 debut is replaced with garage-rock fist pumpers, which are all catchy but cramped. [Sep 2003, p.119]
  21. On a first listen it sounds very long. On a second listen it sounds just like the eponymous debut, with the odd anthem missing. On a third listen we have to concede there are some fine moments.
  22. Take Them On, On Your Own is a good album, but some may be disappointed with just how much the band plays it safe.
  23. Their no-surrender stance is admirable, but Black Rebel haven't a hope of leading the people's revolution because they are so self-consciously reverential, with each narcotic outburst owing its existence to the Pistols and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
  24. Q Magazine
    60
    There's a lack of emotional intrigue or maverick charm here that keeps everything at a shrug-inducing distance. [Sep 2003, p.100]
  25. A skull-numbingly dull record, utterly bereft of the anti-establishment rhetoric these boring fakers aspire to.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  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 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. Full Review »
  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 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. Full Review »
  3. 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.