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  • Summary: The third album for the London artist features covers of songs by such artists as Bjork, Aphex Twin, and PJ Harvey.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Adem has outdone himself, and has created what may be the strongest record of his solo career so far, and Takes merits hearing as an album in its own right, as well as being one of the best exponents of the maligned covers album genre. Highly recommended.
  2. 80
    Impressively, he makes it all his own--at times it feels like the songs might have been written by, or for, him. [June 2008, p.115]
  3. If there’s a criticism to be made it’s that the album’s perhaps a little one-note.
  4. Takes’ boldest move and its artistic centrepiece must be the mashing up of Aphex Twin’s positively scary To Cure A Weakling Child and Boy/Girl Song into a melodious lullaby.
  5. 60
    Much of it is overly polite, with Ilhan taming the hurt in PJ Harvey's 'Oh My Lover,' but he also teases mourful hidden nuances from Breeders, Smashing Pumkins and Tortoise tracks. [June 2008, p.83]
  6. Takes never truly shakes the initial notion of a missed opportunity: failing to place a distinguishable spin on the material it seeks to celebrate, ultimately coming off a well-intended curio ticking as many boxes as it omits.
  7. There are exceptions, notably Tortoise, Aphex Twin and Björk songs, while Lisa Germano's 'Slide' is magnificent, mainly thanks to Adem's eerie, cracked delivery.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. 64er
    Jun 5, 2008
    9
    Beautiful and truly touching.
  2. Oct 9, 2012
    7
    A good and often beautiful cover album. Highlights include the tremendous Aphex twin cover (To cure a weakling childboy girl song). I can onlyA good and often beautiful cover album. Highlights include the tremendous Aphex twin cover (To cure a weakling childboy girl song). I can only give this a 7 due to the lack of original material. Its a fun but hardly life changing album. Expand