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  • Summary: The fourth album for the New York indie-pop band was produced with Peter Katis and Dave Fridmann.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The album nods to "Things'" lush, layered pop, while adding hefty shoegaze crunch, kicky new-wave synths and diffracted drone.[Dec 2008, p.148]
  2. Secrets Are Sinister is the kind of comeback album that a band like Longwave not only needs, but, surprisingly, actually deserves.
  3. 70
    Secrets Are Sinister’s unflagging energy keeps it from sounding tragic, as if with a few more tries, its narrators and subjects might be able to bridge the gap between them.
  4. 50
    At his most excitable ('No Direction'), yearning frontman Steve Schiltz aims for the stadium's back row, Bono-style, though the dogged pursuit of spiritual uplift generates more fatigue than enlightenment.
  5. While the quartet’s earlier efforts maintained a shoegazey vibe, that’s mostly been abandoned this time around in favor of more straightforward (and less interesting) songwriting. [Year End 2008]
  6. Secrets has its finger on the pulse of mainstream radio, judging from its oppressive sonics. But stuck between a tired, nebulously elucidated artistic direction and their own nebulously elucidated commercial aspirations, they just sound a whole lot like the major-label also-rans that they actually are.
  7. 40
    The first few songs on their fourth might fool you into thinking they have a future.... But it's downhill after the highpoint: 'Sirens in the Deep Sea.'
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  1. Oct 29, 2012
    7
    In their fourth album, Longwave attempts to attack the more sonically accepted aspects of the music industry. There is more of a traditional rock feel that still has a few old Longwave tricks to them, and the songs are all impressive to listen to. They're full of energy and emotion. The lyricism is mysterious and insightful like it should be. The best part of this album is that nothing is bad, and a few songs are worth mentioning, like "The Devil and the Liar" and "No Direction". However, it feels like the album doesn't flow properly from one song to another; everything is a high-pitched shift from one to the next. Not too many songs are memorable and the redundance of the same loops in each song gets to be too much after listening a few times. Independently, the songs may have had a better taste than combining them on one album. None of the songs are bad though. They've still the same messages Longwave has had since it's inception, and it rocks loud like it should. Just not their best work. Expand

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