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  • Summary: The debut full-length studio release for the R&B singer features contributions from such artists as Arca, Jam City, Kwes, Mocky, and Ariel Rechtshaid.
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Frontline
[Verse 1] There's a place you hold I left behind, I'm finished Since you took your time, you should know why I'm quitting [Pre-Chorus 1] The secrets... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Nov 7, 2017
    90
    Bursts with textured atmospheres and danceable beats, all led by the unwavering might of Kelela’s lungs.
  2. Oct 11, 2017
    90
    Take Me Apart doesn't feel desperate to reach for anything, it is comfortable, prepared for whatever may come, much like its bearer. Greatness hasn't sounded this natural in this arena for some time. This is everything.
  3. Oct 11, 2017
    88
    Patience for Take Me Apart validates her audience who saw her as the future from the start. You won't soon break free of it.
  4. Kelela has crafted a cool and sensual album which feels cohesive without slipping into saminess.
  5. Oct 9, 2017
    80
    Kelela treads new ground unlike anything in music today--cavernous, avant-garde R&B that moves the body and heals the broken heart.
  6. 80
    These are unanchored R&B songs for unmoored times, with Kelela’s alluring vocals holding fast, front and centre.
  7. Oct 6, 2017
    60
    On the likes of ‘Enough,’ the layers of electronica and muffled beats become oddly oppressive, competing against her--and winning the battle. It’s in moments like this where Take Me Apart proves to be frustrating. When it’s at its best though, it’s an album that invites the listener to do just what its title invites.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 13, 2017
    10
    Mostrando um R&B/soul eletrônico que poucos conseguem fazer hoje em dia, Kelela nos presenteia com o Take me Apart. Um álbum maduro eMostrando um R&B/soul eletrônico que poucos conseguem fazer hoje em dia, Kelela nos presenteia com o Take me Apart. Um álbum maduro e confessional, que só mostra o quanto a artista cresceu nas composições e na emoção de sua voz, nos proporcionando embarcar cada vez mais em seu mundo. Em colaboração com Arca em algumas faixas, isso só evidencia seu bom gosto na hora de escolher seus colaboradores. Expand
  2. Nov 7, 2017
    10
    Her track 'Floor Show' on her Cut 4 Me mixtape was what first hypnotised me and I've been keenly observing Kelela ever since. This album showsHer track 'Floor Show' on her Cut 4 Me mixtape was what first hypnotised me and I've been keenly observing Kelela ever since. This album shows how much she's grown and while her roots are now firmly planted in RnB she's still giving those dark corners of the universe vibes that I first fell in love with. My favourites are 'Frontline' for the ennui, 'Take Me Apart' for the raw uninhibited joy and 'Truth or Dare' for the Janet Jackson reincarnate feels. After waiting so long for this record I am deeply, deeply satisfied. Expand
  3. Oct 6, 2017
    10
    OMG we love talent, don't we. Kelela is TALENT on this album, with a cohesive and magnificent body of work, that will be remembered for itsOMG we love talent, don't we. Kelela is TALENT on this album, with a cohesive and magnificent body of work, that will be remembered for its quality. Legends only whew Expand
  4. Oct 8, 2017
    9
    After many a delay, Kelela returns with Take Me Apart, her most cohesive and expansive project to date. Proudly boasting its grime, trip-hop,After many a delay, Kelela returns with Take Me Apart, her most cohesive and expansive project to date. Proudly boasting its grime, trip-hop, and traditional R&B influences, this album never feels predictable or boring, but rather an exciting emotional rollercoaster. Highlights are the Janet-evoking "Waitin" and the timeless Arca-produced "Onanon." Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2018
    8
    One of alt rnb's greatest rising artist. A voice that astonishes accompanied by amazingly curated, and selected beats. Great follow up to herOne of alt rnb's greatest rising artist. A voice that astonishes accompanied by amazingly curated, and selected beats. Great follow up to her last equally amazing project Expand
  6. Oct 13, 2017
    8
    Passionate with this album. Kelela's is an complete artist, mixing heartbreak's songs and desire with an R&B that I could not explain thePassionate with this album. Kelela's is an complete artist, mixing heartbreak's songs and desire with an R&B that I could not explain the feelings for. It's different and inspiring.

    Highlight: Take me apart; Frontline; LMK; Blue Light; Jupiter; Waitin; Truth or Dare
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  7. Nov 2, 2017
    6
    While vocally talented and good at imitating certain industry tropes, Kelela mostly struggled to find beauty over clarity with lack of broadWhile vocally talented and good at imitating certain industry tropes, Kelela mostly struggled to find beauty over clarity with lack of broad shape and energy in the melodies and unnecessary or formulaic harmonies that followed a misplaced goal to relaxation, only being absolved by the smooth, spacious sound, making this a decent listen for lovers of the slow and chill. My Score: 115/180 (Good) = 6.4/10 Expand

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