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  • Audio CD (July 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fat Wreck Chords
  • ASIN: B00009LW04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,767 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
2. Hello
3. End of the Road
4. Ain't No Sunshine
5. Nothing Comapres 2 U
6. Crazy
7. Isn't She Lovely
8. I Believe I Can Fly
9. Oh Girl
10. I'll Be There
11. Mona Lisa
12. Save The Best for Last
13. Natural Woman

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None of these melodies seem clumsy or out of place, it all works very well.
Otto Correct
I can't compare it to their previous albums but, as I huge music fan, I love it.
"acutesyncope"
It's just human instinct to want to see if somebody can out do an original.
Matthew Edmundson

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Aronowitz on September 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I just wanted to comment on this brilliant fusing of covers. Combining "I'll Be There" and "Just What I Needed" by the Cars has to be the most astute observation I have seen in a while.

On a similar note "Isn't She Lovely" gets the same treatment with getting combined with "Right Here, Right Now" by Jesus Jones.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By justin wearn on January 26, 2004
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Think about, a punk band that does covers of R. Kelly and Bob Dylan, punk rock style. That's absurd!! Actually, it's actually quite interesting. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes new album, TAKE A BREAK is their cover of major black artists like R. Kelly, Lionel Richie and Vanessa Williams, that kick some major butt. NOTHING COMPARES 2 U is a great cover of a cover(confusing huh?) Even R. Kelly's I BELIEVE I CAN FLY is turned from a sincere, uplifting ballad to a punk rock worthy uplifting song. Album closer NATURAL WOMAN shows how funny and embarassing the band can get by calling themselves natural woman, even though the whole band is guys. To any fans of NOFX and AFI would love this band, or if you just want to hear new versions of classic songs, than i suggest picking up this record and banging your head to R. Kelly, Lionel Richie, and Sinead O' Connor(Didn't think it was possible to do that huh?)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 13, 2003
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I dunno... it's okay and all, but...
The first album was fantastic, damn near a revelation. The first time we played "Danny's Song" in a room full of bored people, everybody perked up, stared at the speakers, and were happily addicted within minutes. The songs were kitschy, but you got the feeling that, like all of us, the band had a certain kind of affection for them. Updating them was funny, but it was also an expression of love for songs that nobody wants to admit to actually liking.
As subsequent albums were released, a basic sense of that affection was still there, if no longer as intense as the first time. The choices began to feel less like an act of love and more like a running gag, but there was still enough love there to carry the album, and there were always a few really solid tracks to keep you hooked.
But this one... this feels more like a calculated effort, all joke and no real enthusiasm. What's worse, stylistically they're moving closer and closer to their own sound; what's the artistic difference between MF&GG's cover of "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and The Atari's recent cover of "The Boys of Summer"?
I've really enjoyed Me First's first three albums, and I had high hopes for this one. It doesn't completely suck... but don't expect to feel anything like what you felt the first time you heard them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harvey J.Satan on October 26, 2003
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Me First & The Gimme Gimmes may do a lot of things,but fail to impress....NEVER! First they covered 70's polyester,then Showtunes (who saw THAT coming?),and then they punked up the 60's...now M.F& The G.G.'s say "Yo!" to Motown!
The brilliant thing about this band,is not only do they love their hardcore roots,but they have a genuine love of the music they are dismantling as well. Which makes the lunacy that much more inspired.( And Spike's vocals just get better each outting.)
Lionel Richie's "Hello" as a Three Stooges routine? Bill Wither's "Ain't No Sunshine" as a thrash tune? The Jackson 5ive's "I'll Be There" as a headbangers anthmn? Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" with an Adam Ant drum beat?
WHUT UP?! Indeed! Like all good things,don't ask how or why it works....just enjoy it,G!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By noneplus5 on December 7, 2003
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My brother first introduced me to MFATGG about five years ago, and since then, I've been a devoted fan. I love their tongue in cheek covers from the first three albums (not to mention all those lovely EPs!), and this album is no disappointment. This band is a riot!
Also, as a shameless plug for MFATGG's guitarist, Chris Shiflett, have a listen to the EP for his new band, Jackson United. The songs are very catchy, and Shiflett's voice is just distinctive enough to make the band stand out from your average indie-rock band. And of course, they have an awesome live show - what with all the stage experience the Shiflett brothers have (scott with face to face and chris with the fighters of foo and MFATGG). Check it out!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Edmundson on November 17, 2003
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Everybody loves to hear a cover song. It's just human instinct to want to see if somebody can out do an original. Me First and the Gimmie Gimmes is all about covers and there the best in the world at it.
Take a Break is there fourth hit album. In this album the Gimmie Gimmes give props to there favorite black artists and songs. They do a good job paying homage to them and tracks that will leave you laughing and singing.
I loved "Mona Lisa." I bet Nat King Cole is a bumping his head and singing along in the upbeat and good cover. The hawaiian theme to "I Believe I Can Fly" is great. The ukulele is an underrated instrument and leave it to Me First to bust out with it. "Save The Best For Last" is probaly my favorite track. Fat Mike has some awesome vocals on it and they make a good song even better.
This is a great album. I put this one in and I listen to every single track. All of them are awesome songs. You won't regret putting out the money to buy this one.
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