Take a Break

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All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Two years after punkifying some of the '60s' more popular songs for Blow in the Wind, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes return with Take a Break, their stab at some of R&B's classier, yet almost forgettable, tunes. The So-Cal five-piece is as rowdy as ever and their own punk rock polish is undeniably infectious. What made Blow in the Wind so great is exactly what makes Take a Break even cooler. It's straightforward rock & roll without the swagger -- tomfoolery without being lame -- and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are clever in giving new life to some of these tracks. Whereas Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" banked success with their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
Two years after punkifying some of the '60s' more popular songs for Blow in the Wind, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes return with Take a Break, their stab at some of R&B's classier, yet almost forgettable, tunes. The So-Cal five-piece is as rowdy as ever and their own punk rock polish is undeniably infectious. What made Blow in the Wind so great is exactly what makes Take a Break even cooler. It's straightforward rock & roll without the swagger -- tomfoolery without being lame -- and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes are clever in giving new life to some of these tracks. Whereas Lionel Richie's "Hello" and Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" banked success with their heavy-hearted tones, the Gimme Gimmes spike that mood for a punchy, feel-good time. A more electric, rough-edged alternative of Seal's "Crazy" is equally fashionable and slick to the original version. Add a bit of quick wit and pinch-hitting percussion, and the energy of Take a Break is more than enough to impress the new millennium punk kids. If not, the band's pouncing ukelele dance of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" will do it. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes do rock & roll the right way because they don't try too hard. Take a Break once again showcases why they rock in the first place.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2003
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • UPC: 751097065020
  • Catalog Number: 650
  • Sales rank: 12,021

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Where Do Broken Hearts Go (2:30)
  2. 2 Hello (2:18)
  3. 3 End of the Road (3:00)
  4. 4 Ain't No Sunshine (1:44)
  5. 5 Nothing Compares 2 U (2:41)
  6. 6 Crazy (3:08)
  7. 7 Isn't She Lovely (2:25)
  8. 8 I Believe I Can Fly (3:01)
  9. 9 Oh Girl (1:58)
  10. 10 I'll Be There (2:07)
  11. 11 Mona Lisa (2:50)
  12. 12 Save the Best for Last (2:05)
  13. 13 Natural Woman (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes Primary Artist
Joey Cape Guitar
Spike Slawson Vocals
Jackson Guitar, Ukulele
Technical Credits
Chuck Jackson Composer
Carole King Composer
Prince Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Seal Composer
Bill Withers Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Wendy Waldman Composer
R. Kelly Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Ryan Greene Engineer
Willie Hutch Composer
Jon Lind Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Daryl Simmons Composer
Frank Wildhorn Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Composer
Adam Krammer Engineer
Gerald Wexler Composer
Christopher "Snoop Dodgy" "C Dawg" Dodge Liner Notes
Bob West Composer
Antonio M. Reid Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is Great!!

    Someone recently turned me on to this CD while driving home after a long day at the beach. We are adults, there was drinking involved ;) It is fabulous. Its a goof but it is done so well musically. They put their own feel into these tunes and it did give me a better appreciation for those particular songs! And, lets be honest, I am a chick....I dig the mushy songs. Actually Natural Woman is a song I always appreciated. And I loved this version. Just listen to the samples. You will have to buy this cd, hang out with some buds and get into it.

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