Last Secrets - The Like Young
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  • Summary: Put a woman on drums and her (ex-)husband on guitars/keyboards, and you have Quasi, The White Stripes, and... The Like Young, whose Amanda and Joe Ziemba return for a third album.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. This album is not only the Like Young’s most diverse, is also its best.
  2. The only complaint with the album is that all the angst and gloom can get pretty heavy at times, but if you are in the right mood, Last Secrets can play like the soundtrack to a broken dream.
  3. Even though it strictly operates in one gear, Last Secrets navigates all the richness the high road has to offer.
  4. There is a thickness here, a toughness that’s never been present before. It’s more than Pixies, though. In fact, what Last Secrets is not is perhaps more profound: it’s not garage rock, all tinny guitars and stripped down. It’s not sweet young married people music. It’s not boring or played out at all.
  5. The band's longtime devotees will find plenty to love here, but the album isn't memorable enough to make its way into most people's heavy rotation.
  6. The Like Young don't really veer from their predetermined path too often. They diddle around with loops and what-not occasionally like the rest of us, but their vision is singular, dedicated to the sort of buzz-heavy power-pop that's tough to resist.
  7. The themes of anger, rejection, and guilt run dreadfully close to emo territory. [#13, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
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  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. rjporter
    Jul 1, 2006
    The best album of 2006! These guys should be ruling the streets.
  2. Rob
    May 23, 2006
    This is a solid album. It's a bit underproduced, but there's some nice hooks and the alternating vocals are very complimentary.