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Keep It Like..

Built to Spill Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
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1. The Plan
2. Center Of The Universe
3. Carry The Zero
4. Sidewalk
5. Bad Light
6. Time Trap
7. Else
8. You Were Right
9. Temporarily Blind
10. Broken Chairs

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Most guitar heroes make their mark by doing something extravagant, like playing with their teeth or with their instrument in flames. Doug Martsch of Boise, Idaho's Built to Spill has acquired his guru status by simpler means--he combines his trippy, meandering guitar style with classic pop structures. Martsch also wins points for singing about small-scale moments as well as huge moral abstractions, from watching TV to contemplating the center of the universe. By subtly balancing the forest of dense guitars with Martsch's oddly prosaic yet uncannily beautiful singing, Built to Spill hold the rare achievement of making music that's rooted yet allows you to fly. "Time Trap" begins with a harplike guitar line floating above a heavy wave of distortion, drifts into a reggae pattern, and eventually rises to the high step of musical theater. The charming and funny "You Were Right" decides once and for all which of the classic-rock clichés ring true. "You were wrong when you said, 'Everything's going to be all right' / You were right when you said, 'We're all just bricks in the wall.'" It is a richly deserved analysis from alt rock's heroic Everyman. --Lois Maffeo


Built to Spill make music with a weird naive excitement that recalls R.E.M. at their fresh-out-of-Athens finest. -- Entertainment Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best "Rock" Discs of All Time Aug. 1 2008
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Simply brilliant songwriting and playing, and the reverbed vocals have their own magically quality (though a bit of an acquired taste for some). One of the best of the 1990's; no, any time period!
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4.0 out of 5 stars right there in the middle July 11 2004
By Davy
Format:Audio CD
what i said when i bought it: "keep it like a secret just didn't grab me; some of the songs were really great (and even the worst among them was better than the best on the new album, ancient melodies...), but the whole package felt too sterile, too i-wanna-write-songs-people-can-call-'gems'. i just don't like it all that much."
i still feel that way, more or less. i listen to it occasionally, which is more than i can say for anything that followed later. everything since there's nothing wrong with love, i've liked a little less than the one before it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars what cd's were meant to be May 16 2004
By Geoff
Format:Audio CD
Honestly, this is one of those records that defines music in a larger format than traditionally concieved. While the individual tracks startilingly good they are even more impressive when strung into the nearly agressive, yet ambivilant format of Keep It Like A Secret. At times the band seems too cool to care but their arrangements are far too rich and betray a love of large indie-symphonic sensabilities.
Despite my love of this record on the whole it also includes on of the greatest songs ever written. "Else" is the best track 7 off any CD written in recent memory and represents of one of those songs that can truly define a period in your life. It is a song that seems to write itself into the soundtrack of your own personal movie. Other highlights include the wandering "Time Trap" and the thoughtfully biting "Center of the Universe".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great guitar record! April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Major label status has improved BTS. Their indy work, to me, was a bit spotty and at times indulgent. Now the guitar majesty of Doug Martsch is focused, and the songwriting improved. A fine addition to anyone's catalog!
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing cd rocks the hell out! April 2 2004
By S. Bell
Format:Audio CD
as a person who generally finds indie rock to be really whiny and crappy, I cannot believe how amazing this cd is. I don't even really like this band's other cds at all, i think they are much too slow and sludgy, and despite their obvious talent I find it hard to avoid passing out from the sheer overwhelming sleepiness of the songs. Either that or the production is just awful, as on older albums. This album must be the magic one, since they conquer everything I find annoying about indie rock and make an album that actually rocks. So, if you are like me, and your friends keep pushing various indie cds on you and this happens to be one of them, give in and get it. You won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars keepitlikeasecret Feb. 25 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm a bit iffy about this album. I thought i found an indie band i can finally enjoy. BTS are obviously talented songwriters and musicians but there is still a few things that let this album down for me that i just can't ignore. First of all the production sucks. Like another reviewer said they sound too flat and trebly. I know they're into the whole indie lo-fi thing, but thier arrangements are more complex and guitar driven than your typical indie band. They would really benefit from a higher production budget. The other thing is what most indie bands suffer from. The vocals stink! Every song has the exact same flat whiney "slacker" vocals that Stephen Malkmus made so hip. Except this guy is much worse than SM. He sounds more like Michael Stipe after a lobotomy. But for some reason it's blasphemous for an indie band to actually try and sing. Other than that though, this is a very well crafted album. The guitar playing is suberp and nicely layered. The lyrics are clever and the band comes up with some amazing hooks. Such a shame they have to give in to their indie image.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well... Nov. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
I saw Built to Spill in concert for the first time last month. Needless to say, it was one of the best concerts I've ever been to. What truly stuck me about Dug was his stage presence or lakc thereof. He would go through song after flawless song, the crowd would go nuts, and then he would nervously thank them as if he never saw their reaction coming. More than any other band, Built to Spill let their music speak for itself. Keep it Like a Secret is the brilliant climax of their damn near perfect three album run that started with there's nothing wrong with love. Honest lyrics, perfect pop melodies, blazing guitar solos, theyre all here. Everysong is a highlight and a potential single. Still, the glue that holds this together is the honesty and emotion of Dug. He once said that he resents being called a guitar hero. He said in an interview that there are probably ten-thousand people in this country that can play better than him. Even if he's too shy to admit it, we know it's true and if its not because of his technical prowess (which still is pretty impressive) than its the fact that he's one of the most inventive minds to ever pick up the instrument.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite of theirs Oct. 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
These other reviewers are right that it's amazing BTS has written two of the best albums ever. I might even say they've written three of them and put Ultimate Alternative Wavers on the short list, but probably not. Anyway, I like this slightly more than Perfect From Now On, mostly because of Carry the Zero. This is definitely my favorite BTS song, and one of the greatest songs ever. The rest of the album is nearly just as good, and virtually all flawless. The other highlights are the intro to Time Trap, although I wish the song itself was longer (I think it could have been the definitive BTS epic song, and it ends right when it sounds like it should be getting started), all of Temporarily Blind, and ALL of the rest of the CD.
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