YoursTruly's Words 'bout 'Take What You Need'
Yours Truly | Abington, MA United States | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is a keeper. I enjoy this album over and over and over. Every cut is a winner. From one song to the next, you will not lose interest. The songs range from beautiful ballad-type to heavy hard rockin'. Each song carries its own. You're kept on that same level of high enjoyment. Get it! You won't regret it."
Take What You Need
Harry Brewer | S'port, La. | 07/21/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Trower continues in the same direction as his previous album Passion. That is to say, it's a little less blues-rock & a little more pop. Trower's eleventh studio album went to #133 on the album charts. "Tear It Up" went to #9 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks, the best any of his singles ever did.
The album opens with "Tear It Up" which was a good choice for the opening song. Davey Pattison is eerily reminiscent of James Dewar. "Take What You Need (From Me)" is a slower song which is a really good vehicle for Trower's leads. "Love Attack" was written solely by Trower & has more of a feel of Trower from earlier days. It's a little funky that has some good riffing from Trower. It's one of the two best songs on the album. "I Want You Home" is the second solo Trower composition. It's a little more straight ahead rock with a solid bottom thump, great middle solo by Trower. "Shattered" is the third & last solo composition by Trower & is one of the two best songs on the album. It definitely feels more like classic Trower. "Over You", like the rest of the songs on this album, is co-written with bassist Dave Bronze. It's got a slow bluesy feel to it which is another forte of Trower. Hearing Pattison's vocals, though they're not bad, makes me long to hear Dewar singing this one. Pattison is a very good vocalist, about as close to Dewar as another vocalist could be, but he doesn't have Dewar's soulful quality. "Careless" has female background vocals which were unheard before his previous album. "Second Time" speeds it up with Trower giving a performance that reminds us he's still one of the best in the business, I wouldn't be surprised if the man could do this in his sleep. "Love Won't Wait Forever" is the closing song &, though enjoyable, won't stay with you very long.
Take What You Need isn't a bad Trower album, I didn't hear anything on it that wasn't, at least, listenable. But there wasn't anything on it that was outstanding, either."
Agreed On All Counts
Mark O'Brien | 06/17/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To all of the other favorable reviews, I simply add this:
I've owned this record since it first came out on vinyl. I still don't understand how or why "Love Won't Wait Forever" isn't a rock radio staple."