Kelela - Take Me Apart
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2017 Ratings: #82 / 880
Year End Rank: #11
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Based on 620 ratings
2017 Ratings: #49
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Nothing is as volcanic as "Bank Head" or as rush-inducing as "Rewind" -- two past gems -- but these hyperballads and zero-gravity jams always stimulate, covering a broader spectrum of emotional states with deeper resonance.

Whether it's the kiss-off on "Frontline," or the unabashed come-ons on "Truth or Dare," Take Me Apart is a subtle, sexy LP from a woman who knows what she wants, and clearly aims to write anthems for fans feeling the same way.

The 405
Greatness hasn't sounded this natural in this arena for some time.
Resident Advisor

Take Me Apart is well worth the wait. Working with a dream team of modern music makers—Arca, The xx's Romy Madley Croft, Kingdom and Ariel Rechtshaid—Kelela navigates from the abstract fringes of club music towards the pop center on her own terms.


On Take Me Apart, her first studio album, she takes the cerebral, corporeal world she’s built into the domain where it can historically live best: a new, outré, rhythmic pop galaxy that honors but outpaces its peers.

Spectrum Culture
Though technically Kelela’s full-length debut, the album feels like a next step, proof that her striking sound was no mere gimmick but instead the foundation for one of the most advanced, daring artists in contemporary pop.
Consequence of Sound

Take Me Apart is a multi-faceted sidewinder of a release that refines the aesthetics of Kelela’s previous projects and painstakingly marries them to exemplary result.

Loud and Quiet
This is an album that plays with pop music in the way the greats do.
The Skinny

Take Me Apart may not appear as immediately interesting and unique as Kelela's previous work but there are layers upon layers of elements to be explored.

Northern Transmissions
Sticking the landing, the album is a sweeping mix of pop, R&B and a lot of wonderful experimental writing and sound-crafting.
The Guardian

Kelela’s vocal stops Take Me Apart ending up as a fragmented series of sounds: consistently exquisite as it dances between lovesick confusion and shrewd sensuality.

‘Take Me Apart’ fully explains what the fuss is about. Aided by co-writers and producers including Björk/Kanye cohort Arca and Zayn collaborator Sam Dew, Kelela has crafted a cool and sensual album which feels cohesive without slipping into saminess.
Kelela has produced a debut that somehow manages to evoke megastar crooners from decades past, cyborgs from the future, and, unmistakably, the defining sounds of pop music’s present.
Much of ‘Take Me Apart’ takes the listener through familiar tropes - female autonomy, sexual awakening and despondent love - yet it strikes a different chord, the LP whizzing by with a breathless urgency mapped out by the stellar production of premier collaborators Arca and Jam City, who understand the delicate contours of Kelela’s voice.
The Needle Drop
Kelela's debut album is a great representation of how cutting edge the alternative R&B genre can be.
The Line of Best Fit

It’s this invitation into her most confidential thoughts that makes the album equal parts sensual as it is unflinchingly confident, and it’s the ability to inhabit so many subtleties of the emotional turmoil of relationships that makes Take Me Apart such a memorable album.

The Observer

Take Me Apart is a very spacious operation in which the 34-year-old ponders love, lust and hurt as soundbeds break down around her.

A.V. Club

There’s another EP in here that’s every bit as good as Hallucinogen, but as an album, Take Me Apart remains more proof of Kelela’s talent and still-unrealized potential.

Rolling Stone
Her debut full-length fuses together jagged textures, vaporous synths and her versatile voice into forward-thinking R&B animated by its restless innovation.
Crack Magazine

Take Me Apart isn’t always immediately gratifying, but in being loud in its vulnerability (and quietly radical for it), Kelela’s first album is a powerful addition to the feminist, futurist RnB canon.

As such, ‘Take Me Apart’ is awash with glacial synths, trap beats and bass-laden electronica that’s brought together under an R&B sheen. It’s also a record characterised by juxtapositions, mirroring the breakdown of relationships and hope for new ties that Kelela explores.
Tiny Mix Tapes

For the most part, Take Me Apart is sonically more akin to a soundtrack, one for neon-tinged late-night driving. Or for bedrooms with ceiling mirrors — those slippery reflections…

There are albums whose production is breathtaking and it is one of the most outstanding examples. Gold album
With the rise of some of today's hottest artists including Frank Ocean and Solange, one of the music scene's top buzz words is "alternative R&B". Over the last ten years, one of mainstream music's older genres has developed into a myriad of subgenres, and the result is some spectacular albums that sound worlds apart from the smooth but segregated R&B of past decades. The reality is, nobody really knows what alt-R&B means, but when the term is used, Kelela is inevitably ... read more
Em seu álbum de estreia, Kelela conta com um time de peso na produção, na qual segue sendo uma das misturas mais impressionantes do R&B com elementos eletrônicos, que juntos, ultrapassam as barreiras do pop e caminham para algo único e nunca visto antes, tudo isso sob a perspectiva da artista que desde o início, se mostra uma ótima guia para além da imaginação do ouvinte.
A bit too long but still shows promise.

Best Track: LMK
Worst Track: Better
why did two equally similar accounts give two zero scores? wtf

There's not any bad music in that album. Love all of it.

Favs: Frontline, Waitin, Enough, Jupiter, Better, LMK, Blue Light and Onanon.
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Track List

  1. Frontline
  2. Waitin
  3. Take Me Apart
  4. Enough
  5. Jupiter
  6. Better
  7. LMK
  8. Truth Or Dare
  9. S.O.S.
  10. Blue Light
  11. Onanon
  12. Turn To Dust
  13. Bluff
  14. Altadena
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Added on: August 1, 2017