Kelela - Take Me Apart [Deluxe Edition 2-LP]
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Deluxe Edition on 2-LP transparent vinyl. Comes with download code and fold-out poster and lyric book
Take Me Apart is the debut studio album by American singer and songwriter Kelela. It was released on October 6, 2017, through Warp Records.
Stereogum awarded it as their album of the week, with Tom Breihan deeming it as "a towering achievement of an album." Treble Zine also labeled it as the album of the week, with Jackie Im stating: "Underlying is a desire to privilege her own voice, which is a lot of what makes Kelela's music so urgent." The New York Times critic Jon Pareles wrote, "The songs are intricately plotted to give the illusion of being impulsive and obsessive, buffeted by shifting emotions: by turns sensual and wary, vulnerable and guarded, leisurely and urgent." Kyle Mullin of Exclaim! praised the album, stating that "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." NME's Nick Levine said "nothing about this lush and accomplished album suggests Kelela is an artist who wants to repeat herself."
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd of Pitchfork said that Kelela "might be singing about different partners, but it’s the value and dignity she gives to her feelings that provides the true backdrop on Take Me Apart. In the process of setting out to solidify her own sound, Kelela has finally fallen for herself." Maura Johnston of Rolling Stone described the album as "forward-thinking R&B," and called it "restlessly innovative." Spin's Brian Josephs wrote, "Kelela proudly stands within the genre's tradition. For the most part, she avoids making any grandstanding romantic or political statements, but Take Me Apart finds its purpose within the subdued complexities."