Keep It Like A Secret

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Built To Spill have made a concise, pop-smart record.
  2. It's pure BTS, but without enough sparkle or rough-hewn beauty to be memorable.
  3. Built To Spill sound as if they're trying too hard, and ultimately both The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev do this sort of thing with far more panache.
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Apr 30, 2015
    10
    One of the greatest albums of all time. Equally as good as PFNO. Every song is brilliant. Carry the Zero, Time Trap, and Else are simplyOne of the greatest albums of all time. Equally as good as PFNO. Every song is brilliant. Carry the Zero, Time Trap, and Else are simply godly. It still blows my mind how good this album is. Some bands are lucky enough to create a timeless, masterpiece album. Some truly exceptional bands have made more than one of these albums. Built to Spill is one of them. Full Review »
  2. j30
    Aug 19, 2013
    10
    It is nice to know good rock music was being made during a time of laughably bad, rap/rock music (Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, etc). Built ToIt is nice to know good rock music was being made during a time of laughably bad, rap/rock music (Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, etc). Built To Spill's 1999 gem "Keep It Like A Secret" is an essential indie rock album and one of the best rock albums to come out that year. Full Review »
  3. Dave
    Feb 7, 2007
    10
    Truly an outstanding, fully realized, elegant recording. Perhaps the best ever "indie-pop-rock" album. The lower meta score is a bit Truly an outstanding, fully realized, elegant recording. Perhaps the best ever "indie-pop-rock" album. The lower meta score is a bit perplexing. I notice that White Stripes' Elephant and TV's Return to Cookie Mountain have very high scores; I have and enjoy both of those records and do not really understand why this BTS record was not as widely acclaimed. Perhaps critics prefer the edgy punk-metal sound of Elephant or the unusual new sound of Cookie Mountain. Keep It Like A Secret is no less creative, complex, brilliant and moving than those two records, or anything else out there for that matter. Highly recommended! Full Review »