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. Take Them On, On Your Own is a good album, but some may be disappointed with just how much the band plays it safe.
  2. 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]
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. A skull-numbingly dull record, utterly bereft of the anti-establishment rhetoric these boring fakers aspire to.
  6. 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.
  7. 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]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  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.