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  • Audio CD (Feb. 23 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B00000HZFH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 101 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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i'm originally from boise but had never listened to bts until my little brother put it in the cd player in my car a few weeks after it was released....
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.
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By A Customer on Feb. 10 2001
Format: Audio CD
This was the best CD of the decade of the 1990's in my opinion. By a VERY wide margin. Doug Martsch is the most gifted musician I have heard in a long long time. I've never heard music sound like this before. Darn near perfect arrangement on every song. Doug's skill is to layer seemingly independent guitar melodies on top of each other, creating an amazing wall of sound in which the guitars seem to be talking to each other. If anyone can do it better, I'd like to hear it. Perfect examples are Temporarily Blind, where especially towards the end, there are two or three guitar lines competing for your attention, and Else, which is one of the most beautiful guitar arrangements I've ever heard. I've owned this album since shortly after it came out, and it's been in my heavy rotation until this very day. As a rule, I don't judge people by their musical preferences because it only starts arguments, but it is beyond me how ANYONE could listen to this album and not understand its sheer brilliance. Though I am happy with Built to Spill remaining a secret to the radio waves, it's a shame that a genius like Doug Martsch probably won't ever be recognized, while garbage like Creed, NStink, and Britney are just raking in the millions, despite having no talent.
If you like rock music and creative guitar work, don't walk, RUN and buy this album. It's wonderful music.
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Anyone who doubts that Built To Spill's Doug Martsch is the best new songwriter/guitarist to come along since Neil Young, has obviously not listened to this album. On "Keep It Like A Secret," the band's second major-label outing, BTS sticks close to the pattern of concise indie-pop songwriting that made "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" such an irresistable gem of a record.
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.
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