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9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 2 out of 30

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  1. 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 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.
  2. 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 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.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Recalls last year's fine Halo Benders release, The Rebels Not In, the album Martsch recorded with Beat Happening's Calvin Johnson and former Spinanes and current Built to Spill drummer Scott Plouf. And that's not a bad thing at all.
  2. In a sense, this is Built to Spill's pop album: every song is direct and clean, without the long, cerebral jamming that characterized their earlier albums.
  3. Perhaps the secret they're trying to keep here is that Built To Spill quite frankly write some of the most original, interesting and catchy pop songs you'll ever hear.