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  • Summary: The Boise, Idaho trio returns with a follow-up to 1999's 'Keep It Like A Secret.'
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
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  1. A lovely surprise. [17 Aug 2001, p.72]
  2. Built to Spill's latest album is mellower, dreamier, and more laidback than their previous recordings.... Yet the album is as much of a rock-guitar masterpiece as anything they've done.
  3. With their intensely layered harmonies, pounding rhythms and Martsch's own nasal drawl, songs like "Alarmed" and "You Are" are sublimely hummable pop gems.
  4. Once it establishes that it won't again radically update the Idahoans' sound, Ancient Melodies Of The Future reveals itself for what it is: a compilation of 10 more snaky, tricky, engrossing rock songs that continue in the vein of arguably Built To Spill's best album.
  5. For most other groups, it would be a winner, but for Built To Spill it's a slight comedown from their stellar streak.
  6. It lacks the freewheeling, go-for-broke gusto of its predecessors.
  7. Ancient Melodies of the Future sounds more like "vaguely familiar melodies of the past," but so do some of the best albums in rock.

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  1. SpankyMalone
    Sep 27, 2001
    Love the band, love this album.
  2. yaright
    Jan 10, 2005
    moody, melodic, beautiful, bliss......
  3. JulianE.
    Aug 16, 2002
    I am an aussie and I have never heard of these guys - I bought this and it is truly amazing - mesmerising and intelligent stuff. I listened to their previous album and this latest album makes it look young and unfulfilled however indie-guitar-worthy. World, get this latest gem. Expand
  4. JossS.
    Dec 25, 2001
    the album rings of "built to spill flare." every song can pull in the listener more with each listen. one of the years best. one of the bands best (but then again most of em are). gosh this band is sure consistent Expand
  5. KrisB
    Jan 19, 2006
    I was a bit too rough on this album when i first heard it a few years ago. Yes, it is a slight step backward from their previous albums, but it's still better than most music out there. It's just a different, more jaded Built to Spill. Their fans have to just get used to the fact that they put out three perfect albums, and they'll continue to make incredible albums until their end. Expand