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|6. Time Trap|
|8. You Were Right|
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|10. Broken Chairs|
For the first time with a set rhythm section, critically acclaimed Built To Spill has created its most accomplished and focused album yet. Possessing a collective unorthodox vision, the band's second album, Keep It Like A Secret, builds on the success of 1997's Perfect From Now On. Invoking less analysis and more volume, Doug Martsch, one of today's most influential, independent-minded musicians, has crafted shorter, more direct songs that revel in a literate expressionism rarely heard in alt-rock and yet still rock with the same visceral impulses. Built To Spill may not be a secret much longer.
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
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Here's one of those few examples of true gems that can only really be found with a little searching. Think Sonic Youth but cut the abstraction, and make the music poppier and more accesible, and you've got in in a nutshell. In all honesty, I'm completely surprised that Built to Spill hasn't recieved something greater than the (albiet big) cult following they've appreciated over the last 10 years or so.
This album leads off, uh, perfectly from "Perfect from Now On." Where that very incredible album in its own right had sprawling song scapes and drawn out guitar solos that lent it an epic feel, here you get a taste of the epic but also the pop perfection Built to Spill had acheived with its earlier releases.
It starts off with probably the most concise statement of their musical direction yet, "The Plan," which combines sprawling guitar squalor, Doug Martsch's chiming boyish voice, and interesting drum play all into the space of 3 1/2 minutes. The next, "Center of the Universe," is probably their most pop statement, with a loping beat and vocal refections on success. "Carry the Zero" follows with ringing guitar and almost dreampop stylings. It's the best 6 minutes on the album.
The album swings from one spectrum to another, with stomping rock in "Bad Light," fun pop meets hair metal in "Sidewalk," phillosophical ruminations on "Time Trap," gentle harmonies and longing on probably their most beautiful moment "Else.Read more ›
All of BTS albums are like this, as well. They forfeit grandiosity for a complete aesthetic. The song in its totality is more important than solos, which makes their albums ironically grander when taken as a whole. This was evident in Perfect from Now On, but less so on Keep It As A Secret. Borrowing from Sonic Youth's rhythms the album is a fluid movement driven by chords and simple guitar work layered on top. This broad movement of guitars creats a great atmosphere and a absolutely fun listening experience.
Don't listen to me, but the album!
Most recent customer reviews
Simply brilliant songwriting and playing, and the reverbed vocals have their own magically quality (though a bit of an acquired taste for some). Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2008 by B. Keith
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... Read morePublished on July 11 2004 by Davy
Honestly, this is one of those records that defines music in a larger format than traditionally concieved. Read morePublished on May 16 2004 by Geoff
Major label status has improved BTS. Their indy work, to me, was a bit spotty and at times indulgent. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Scott Fendley
as a person who generally finds indie rock to be really whiny and crappy, I cannot believe how amazing this cd is. Read morePublished on April 2 2004 by S. Bell
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... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2003
Keep It Like A Secret spans 10 songs and only runs about 47 minutes, but it still manages to contain almost all the things that made the group so great on their last release. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003 by CHINASKI (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/chinaski)
I like Built to Spill a lot. This is a cool CD, and you really need no further proof than listening to Center of the Universe, and Carry the Zero. Read morePublished on Sept. 3 2003