Keep It Like A Secret - Built To Spill
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  • Summary: This second major-label release from Doug Martsch and company (following 'Perfect From Now On') features shorter, cleaner-sounding songs than that previous release.
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. The last album's title ['Perfect From Now On'] was a promise; this one makes good on it.
  2. 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.
  3. 90
    Somehow these fragments instantly assemble themselves into a gorgeous whole, and there's not a piece you could imagine replacing.
  4. 80
    Built to Spill's combo of wry phrasing and explosive sound is more honed on this album than ever before.
  5. Built to Spill make music with a weird naive excitement that recalls R.E.M. at their fresh-out-of-Athens finest.
  6. Keep It Like a Secret is tightly wound clang, effectively understated in spots.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. j30
    Aug 19, 2013
    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. Expand

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