Compare Offers on Amazon
Keep It Like..
|Price:||CDN$ 17.89 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|1. The Plan|
|2. Center Of The Universe|
|3. Carry The Zero|
|5. Bad Light|
|6. Time Trap|
|8. You Were Right|
|9. Temporarily Blind|
|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
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
well after about 1,000 listens i can say that it is my favorite album of all time. it didn't really hit me how great it was until at one point i realized i must have played it in my car about 100 times. to me that is the sign of a truly great album, one that doesn't just reach out and grab you right off, but rather gets better and better with each listen. very different from "perfect from now on," which makes it hard to compare the two, so i will refrain from saying this one is better although it finds its way into my cd player more often.
the only song i ever fast forward is "bad light." by far my favorite part of the album is the intro to "time trap." (they performed the song on hbo's reverb and it was even better live, i have no idea why it wasn't included on the "live" album) also "you were right" and the first 4 tracks are outstanding.
If you like rock music and creative guitar work, don't walk, RUN and buy this album. It's wonderful music.
And "Secret" also has it's share of standout moments. The record starts with the heavy "The Plan," complete with jaw-dropping guitar strumming from Doug. Completing the opening trilogy of awe-inspiring songs, "Center Of The Universe" and "Carry The Zero" are beatiful, plaintive, emotional songs that defy easy categorization.
But the album doesn't come close to dropping off after this--even though the first three songs set an impossibly high bar for what comes next. The lyrically clever "You Were Right"--which picks apart old classic rock cliches--is sure to bring a smile to your face. And the grandiose, climactic closing number, "Broken Chairs," complete with roaring guitars and a lovely whistling section, is a fitting end to this album.
But in between are the driving, punky "Sidewalk," the downbeat "Bad Light," and the fragile, multi-layered "Time Trap." Each song is a gem, with multiple facets and hidden nooks that you'll discover over multiple listens. But mentioning individual tracks may even be counter-productive; the main attraction of this album is how well it all fits together and flows to create a cumulative mood. Let's all get together and hope Doug Martsch releases a dozen more albums this good.
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 m
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2004
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