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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
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  1. Takes is most worthwhile for Adem fans, but intriguing for anyone who enjoys a new perspective on old tunes.
  2. 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.
  3. If there’s a criticism to be made it’s that the album’s perhaps a little one-note.
  4. Takes could have used a few more experiments of this nature, because while his versions of the Breeders’ 'Invisible Man' and Yo La Tengo’s 'Tears Are in Your Eyes' are tasteful enough, there’s no real sense of adventure, no real feeling that these songs needed to be covered in this way, no real attempt at making this anything other than a stopgap between records.
  5. While this probably won't go down as Adem's greatest work (he's too talented a songwriter in his own right for that to happen), it makes for a nice curio.
  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. A 1991-2001 covers record is an odd move after just two solo albums, but he carries it off with unusual choices and twinkling instrumentation. [June 2008, p.137]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  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