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“Everyone’s got a Berlin record in them - and I guess we just wanted to see what ours would sound like,” !!!’s lead singer Nic Offer says, with tongue partially in cheek, of the group’s fourth album, Strange Weather, Isn’t It? Following in the footsteps of artists like David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Depeche Mode, who have flocked to Berlin in order to mainline ... Read more in Amazon's !!! Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000MR9DWC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,484 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Brooklyn is New York City's most populous and arguably most creative borough. In the last two decades a seemingly endless wealth of diverse talent has emerged from the area including comedian Chris Rock, fellow post-punkers Radio 4, film director Spike Lee and rapper Mos Def. All infuse their work with a characteristic toughness and keen social awareness.

Here Brooklyn-based septet Chk Chk Chk, the band's preferred pronunciation of their exclamatory moniker, have fallen short of the social commentary, but have still managed to craft a thumping, funk-powered beast of a second album that rewards more on each listen.

Right from the off Myth Takes impresses with a title track replete with ominous synth scrapes like witches' fingernails down a blackboard, a moody bass growl and reverb-sodden guitars. The result is a twisted groove that sounds like James Brown meeting David Lynch in a beatnik bar. After that the smartly-titled ''All My Heroes Are Weirdos'' gallops into focus with some inspired yelping from vocalist Nic Offer and is driven by some frantic, borderline cacophonous percussion. Can-tastic.

From here on what follows is almost uniformly ace. ''Heart of Hearts'' is robotic funk with guitars like scurrying mice, Bend Over Beethoven is the soundtrack to the best cop show never made and A New Name is all disconcerting lupine yelps and atmospheric dub. Elsewhere the standout track ''Must Be The Moon'' is a stompalong NYC dancefloor classic made about and for the greatest nights out of your life. Its hypnotic falsetto harmonies and cracked though relentless rhythmic certainty are as good as The Rapture's ''Get Myself Into It'' and Radio 4's ''Dance To the Underground''. Undoubtedly a future party anthem.

Complete excellence is avoided by the Fisher Price art-rock laziness of ''Sweet Life'', which aside from a sweet harmonised vocal outro should've stayed in the studio. The disjointed nature of this sophomore effort also detracts from its greatness and Chk Chk Chk aren't saying anything new here. But that doesn't stop this LP being a juicy, great tune pie of an album that will be cheerfully devoured by all but the most picky punk-funk diners. --Lou Thomas

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By Mild Dill Hotpot on 29 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
File under "Talking heads", "Television", and late "Clash" and your just about there. Now put on 'yer dancin' shoes 'n BOOGIE!!!...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By scratchingrounds on 24 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
PLease ignore the review at the bottom.

!!! are a dubby funk rock band. They're not experimental, they're not wierd; they're a good time party band. The music has the kind of raw energy you might expect from a bunch of ex-punks (proper d.i.y. underground punks) who decided to make party music instead.

Vis-a-vis supporting Red Hot Chilli Peppers; it should be noted that !!! are a band for people who like BloodSugarSexMagik's energised funk-rock, not those who adore Californication's warm pop (and the swearing? They have one song, from the album 'Louden Up Now', with lots of swearing - they make a joke out of the ridiculous, over-the-top swearing - they're not snotty, swearing oiks)

I've only heard other people's copies a few times so i don't feel qualified to review tracks fully; but what i heard was very good.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Hawes VINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
!!! celebrate all that is good with the sparse, funky sound of the Chili peppers and more relevantly A Certain Ratio. The shimmering guitar sound reverberates behind the chugging funkiness of most of the tunes on this new record. Whilst it will hardly break them into the big time, this is a record that does deserve to sell well in the world of soft industrial funk.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By THERAPIST on 25 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Ok they really only have three people drumming occasionally, and when they do it is great. Its like those really good gigs where the main band gets the support act(s) up to play all manner of adjunct instruments and really kick of a party for the encore. If you like a dance as well as a mosh, then !!! is the best around for this. This album is not as good as their live performances but it is more than worth a listen.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Oh god! 26 Mar. 2007
By Avernus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been in debate as to pick this album up for quite a while now. Its seems that previous albums by !!! divide reviewers into two groups; Its either overrated yet somewhat fun, or you can dance to it so therefore its good. Im not a 'dancer', and I don't buy mediocre albums, but then again, with record sales like they are getting lately, and the cool album art of 'Myth Takes', I was inavoidably drawn in.

First listen I was hooked. There is so much stuff going on in this album that I immediately started it over. I began to wonder where the hell the negative reviews were coming from. I delayed reviewing this because I thought that maybe this album wasn't as good as my first impression had led me to believe. Again, I was wrong. About twenty listens later, this album has the same freshness and creative attraction that it did on listen number one.

This album is damn good.. and I finally realized why. Like my favorites, Pink Floyd, !!! are easily capable of cramming experimentaion, dense atmosphere, and down-right wierdness all into one album, while still being able to keep a keen ear open to pop sensibilities. You will rarely find an album this fun, yet challenging at the same time. From disco, to trip-hop, there is definately something for every listener in 'Myth Takes'; and yet with all its pop and cheese, I am still delightfully able to find something new with each listen. Head to head with Pain of Salvation's 'Scarsick' for the best album of the year so far.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Best album this year 23 Nov. 2007
By rocky49152 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the best album to come out in 2007.

This is stuff that almost belongs more in a night club on a Saturday night. It's a near perfect combination of live performance and electronic enhancement. But the effects don't overshadow the songs, which feature some of the most infectious vibes and killer hooks of the year.

The best way to listen to this album is from beginning to end in order. The tracks are sequenced to be a microcosm of a party - starting with ice-breaking stuff that works into a vibe getting more intense as the album works in, then winds down on the last 2 songs.

01 Myth Takes
The title track is actually the worst song on the record. It's an abtractionalist retro experiment that should have probably been a bonus track. Unfortunate choice.

02 All My Heroes are Wierdos
Shades of XTC and Joy Division - Fast raucus with several new-wavy elements. Better.

03 Must be the Moon
Takes right off with a thudding disco beat at about 120 BPM. The bass line is killer.

04 A A New Name
Another 120 BPM rocker. Best verse hook on the record with the bass and the guitar trading hits on every 3rd beat.

05 Heart of Hearts
Keeps the vibe going. The backing female vocals make bring it a little to close to KMFDM for me. Still very danceable.

06 Sweet Life
The most original track on the record, it takes a little getting used to - maybe a little overwrought for me personally. Lots of changes. Very progressive.

07 Yadnus
Has a "Personal Jesus" 3/4 beat, the song is 5:10 long and just keeps building to release over that time. Use it to fire up a locker room before a big game.

08 Bend Over Beethoven
My personal favorite on the album, and also probably the least original. It pulls together the minor elements that make this band great, but presents them as a band with minimal "drum enhancement". The result is a big beat at about 118 BPM with a huge chorus. The track is mostly instrumental and so seems to be designed to really show off the individual prowess that makes up this group. And by the way, these guys really can play.....

09 Break in case of anything
Sort of a disappointment after the build-up of "bend-over Beethoven" - more of an acid techno experiment.

10 Infinifold
The records only slow song - melancholy - appropriate for a last track
10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This This This Rips Rips Rips 6 Mar. 2007
By Spike - Published on
Format: Audio CD
merriam-webster's new collegiate dictionary effectively defines the noun "dance" as follows: "a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music".

this doesn't even come close to the near-epileptic contortional fit that seized me about one and a half minutes into my first listen of "myth takes".

"louden up now" and earlier releases were great, in their own less-than-tethered way, but this album is a flashpaper-bright journey into a pulsating neon psychosis of dancing disco rollergirls, exploding sunsets and fields of swaying skyscrapers. if you understand that last phrase on even the most cursory level then you owe it to yourself and your future seeds to buy this album and play it until it wears out and you have to buy another copy.

what do you like? epic classic rock? drunken disco? maybe some stuck-in-my-head-like-gum-on-my-shoe pop tunes? some tribal dancefloor napalm? we can keep going, but it's all here...

for an added trip, try playing the album while checking their website [...] (which seems to have been designed by a cryogenically frozen timothy leary)while listening to the record...if you think you can handle it.

don't make a mistake, jump on "myth takes".
Great album, and even better live 31 Aug. 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just saw !!! in concert last weekend (more on that later), and have been going through a !!! reappreciation phase lately.

"Myth Takes" (10 tracks; 48 min.) is the band's 3rd album, and starts off with the nervous title track, but soon thereafter the album finds its groove with tracks like "Must Be the Moon" and, even better, the 6 min. "Heart of Hearts", which is a full-blown dance track, foreshadowing the sound on the "Thr!!!er" album. "Yadnus" is a stomping track, with great underlying drums. The 8 min. epic "Bend Over Beethoven" is yet another example of how the band's sound is evolving away from its earlier punk/rock-ish sound more into a groove based-jam. "Break In Case Of Anything" is the exclamation point (pun intended) on the album. In all, this is !!!'s second best album for me (after "Thr!!!er").

Last weekend at the FYF in Los Angeles, !!! put on an amazing 50 min. set in which they played mostly songs from "Thr!!!er" but thankfully also a couple from "Myth Takes" ("Yadnus" and "Must Be the Moon"). I can honestly say that !!!'s set was by far THE highlight of the festival for me. They are one of the top live acts out there today as far as I'm concerned. Meanwhile, "Myth Takes" is a fine album, and a must-have for any !!! fan.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Sweet... sweet-sweet... sweet-sweet-sweet-sweet... ("Sweet Life") 19 July 2007
By Kevin Satterwhite - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I've never really heard !!! before hearing this album, and since hearing this of course, I felt obliged to check out their previous material. It just doesn't stand up to this, however. It seems until "Myth Takes", Chk Chk Chk (or whatever) never really reached their mark potential. Fortunately, for us as well as them, they released this album laced completely with crafty electronics, sonic guitars and dance-stimulating rhythms.... oh yeah, and maniacal choruses that make you want to shatter things.

The album starts out less than stellar, though, with the title track but quickly picks up around track three with "Must Be The Moon", which must be one of the best songs released this year (and guess what: it's not even the best song on this album!). "Must Be The Moon" is some of the most fun I've heard in a song this year. It's fast paced. The bass is all over the place, going in and out at the right times. There's a ton of sonic and electronic sounds going in and out as well, often trading places as the primary melody. The best thing overall about the song (as with most of the songs on this album) is the chorus. It's rapid and undeniably catchy. If you're listening to the chorus and not singing along with it then you must have the greatest sense of self-control imaginable.

The next song, "A New Name", is overshadowed by "Must Be The Moon" but it is a really good song. The pace is a lot slower but it's equally melodic. I love the effects they use on their instruments in this song. And again, the chorus is amazing. It's undeniably catchy and I find myself always trying to sing along with it but failing to reach the high notes Nic "The Penguin" Offer (vocalist) does so successfully.

There's a few other good songs as well, "Bend Over Beethoven" is an eight minute rocker. "Yadnus" has a sound of empowerment. The melodies of "Heart Of Hearts" keeps on ascending until it reach sonic mayhem. "Infinifold" is the slow closer.

I will finish this review by talking about what I believe to be the best electronic song this year: "Sweet Life". This song starts out with a completely hypnotic bass melody. Enter a repetitious guitar melody as essentially hypnotic as the bass melody and !!! got themselves a groove. Singer, Nic Offer, is too comfortable with this melody and the lyrics work. "Been sitting so long, thought I forgot how to walk. In the mist of all the stillness, there's a new kind of knock." The song quickly builds and builds until BAM! The chorus is nuts! Utter mayhem of cascading bass lines, raging guitars, Nic singing "sweet" repeatedly and what can only be described as a very disturbed percussionist. This is one of those rare songs where once you've first heard it, you repeat the play of it constantly. It just kicks your arse each and every time.

I will ultimately rate this a 4.5, which is a superb rating. I feel this album and LCD Soundsystems' latest make for a very good year for electronic music. I hope these guys can keep up the stylish work. I plan to keep my ears and eyes wide open for more from this band and hope to catch them live some day soon.
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