Take Me When You Go

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Take Me When You Go
Betty Who - Take Me When You Go.png
Studio album by Betty Who
Released 3 October 2014 (2014-10-03)
Genre Dance-pop, synthpop
Length 49:48
Label RCA
Producer
Betty Who chronology
Worlds Apart
(2014)Worlds Apart2014
Take Me When You Go
(2014)
The Valley
(2017)The Valley2017
Singles from Take Me When You Go
  1. "Somebody Loves You"
    Released: 30 November 2012[1]
  2. "Heartbreak Dream"
    Released: 18 February 2014[2]
  3. "All of You"
    Released: 16 September 2014[3]

Take Me When You Go is the debut studio album by Australian recording artist Betty Who, released on 3 October 2014 by RCA Records. The album is preceded by the extended plays The Movement, Slow Dancing and Worlds Apart.

Who writes from the perspective of a millennial learning to navigate breakups, loves of all shapes and sizes, and coming to terms with her own growing maturity. In an interview with Billboard she said "A lot of the relationships that inspired this record ended with me coming to terms with [the fact] that I love myself far too much to be anybody's second choice. That was a huge growth for me that led to the arc, the storyline of this record."[4]

Commercial performance[edit]

Take Me When You Go debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200, selling 5,000 copies in its first week.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of SoundC+[7]
Idolator4/5[8]
PopMatters6/10[9]

Heather Phares from AllMusic said; "Take Me When You Go has a lot of appealing moments". Phares complemented "The Whitney Houston-inspired 'Somebody Loves You'", and said "'Heartbreak Dream' remains soaringly romantic and 'Alone Again' continues to charm with its flirtatious yet bittersweet melody and slowly shredding guitar solo, which gives even more cred to Who's '80s devotion."[6]

Janine Schaults from Consequence of Sound said "Combining Adele's hopeless romanticism, Pink's spunky streak, and Madonna's early whimsy seems like a potion ready-made for radio domination...Yet, Miss Betty can't shake a 'been there, done that' feel." but added "That's not to say [Who] doesn't conjure exquisite moments. Coincidentally, these fleeting instances of perfection occur when she strips away all the trimmings of a pop princess."[7]

Robbie Daw from Idolator said "Bottom line: Betty Who's first album is as good as you hoped. In that regard, she's done her job and delivered on the promise of that first EP from 18 months ago."[8]

Enio Chiola from PopMatters said "It's an album filled to the brim with tracks that, on their own, are really quite good, but lack enough diversity to keep you interested for all 13 songs." Chiola complemented tracks "Just Like Me", "High Society", "Glory Days" and "Somebody Loves You".[9]

Brennan Carley from Spin magazine said "Betty is at her absolute best when she lets us see the cracks in her gloss, like on the halting wallop of an album opener 'Just Like Me'" and said the stand out track is "Dreaming About You", adding "[it's] a smart dance album that's both totally of the moment and also mindful of its lengthy list of pop predecessors."[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Just Like Me"
  • Thomas
  • Mag
  • Jay Vice[a]
3:38
2."High Society"
  • Who
  • Thomas
Thomas4:00
3."Glory Days"
  • Johnson
  • Thomas[b]
  • Brandon Paddock[b]
  • Kyle Moorman[b]
4:02
4."Somebody Loves You"
  • Who
  • Thomas
Thomas3:30
5."Missing You"
3:32
6."Better"3:48
7."All of You"
  • Who
  • Thomas
Thomas3:58
8."Runaways"
  • Who
  • Thomas
  • Pete Sallis
  • Thomas
  • Vaughn Oliver
  • Vice[a]
3:29
9."A Night to Remember"
  • Who
  • Johnson
3:54
10."Heartbreak Dream"
  • Who
  • Thomas
3:49
11."Alone Again"
  • Who
  • Thomas
3:46
12."Dreaming About You"
  • Who
  • Johnson
  • Thomas
  • Johnson
  • Paddock[b]
  • Moorman[b]
3:49
13."California Rain"
  • Who
  • Thomas
4:33
Notes
  • ^a signifies a vocal producer
  • ^b signifies an additional producer
  • ^c signifies an additional vocal producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Take Me When You Go.[12]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[13] 4
US Billboard 200[14] 68

Release history[edit]

Region Date Formats Label Ref.
Germany 3 October 2014 Sony [15][16]
United States 7 October 2014 RCA [17][18]
Australia 7 November 2014 Sony [19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Writes, Arjan (30 November 2012). "Somebody Loves You Exclusive Premiere". 
  2. ^ "Heartbreak Dream – Single by Betty Who". iTunes Store (AU). Apple. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "All of You by Betty Who". zdigital (AU). Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Chris Payne (7 October 2014). "Betty Who Walks You Through Her Debut Album 'Take Me When You Go' Track-by-Track". Billboard. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "BBillboard 200 Chart Moves: Piano Guys, Jackson Browne Hit High Notes". Billboard. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Take Me When You Go – Betty Who". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Schaults, Janine (6 October 2014). "Betty Who – Take Me When You Go". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Chiola, Enio (7 October 2014). "Betty Who: Take Me When You Go album review". Idolator. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Chiola, Enio (30 October 2014). "Betty Who: Take Me When You Go". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Review: Betty Who's Sparkly-Eyed 'Take Me When You Go'". SPIN. October 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  11. ^ "Take Me When You Go (Deluxe Version) by Betty Who on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Take Me When You Go (CD liner notes). Betty Who. RCA Records. 2014. 88875-00704-2. 
  13. ^ "ARIA Hitseekers – Week Commencing 17th November 2014" (PDF). ARIA Charts. Pandora Archive. p. 21. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Betty Who – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Take Me When You Go" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Take Me When You Go: Betty Who: MP3-Downloads" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Betty Who: Take Me When You Go". Amazon.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Take Me When You Go: Betty Who: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Take Me When You Go". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Take Me When You Go by Betty Who". zdigital (AU). Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014.