10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once he signed Built to Spill to a major label, frontman Doug Martsch decided to take advantage of the larger budget and make the nearest thing to a pop album that he could. In other words, it still features the intricate musicianship we expect, but the sublimely fractured indie songs are punchier and the sound is seriously hi-fi. Martsch’s extended guitar pieces still sneak their way in (“Time Trap,” “Broken Chairs”), but the melodies of “Center of the Universe,” “You Were Right,” and “Else” are cheery compared to their lyrics.   

EDITORS’ NOTES

Once he signed Built to Spill to a major label, frontman Doug Martsch decided to take advantage of the larger budget and make the nearest thing to a pop album that he could. In other words, it still features the intricate musicianship we expect, but the sublimely fractured indie songs are punchier and the sound is seriously hi-fi. Martsch’s extended guitar pieces still sneak their way in (“Time Trap,” “Broken Chairs”), but the melodies of “Center of the Universe,” “You Were Right,” and “Else” are cheery compared to their lyrics.   

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

lil O'nel ,

perfect album

Not a bad song in the lot, though Carry the Zero, Else and Broken Chairs are particularly awesome. Strong, driven, and yet sweet melodies. Doug M.'s vocals are a perfect complement to the slightly distorted guitar. I think this is my favorite Built to Spill album, it's really stood up over the (gasp!) last 10 years.

Millionsuns ,

There's a reason why everyone's giving this five stars.

I'm shot into space, and I'm not coming back, and there's a CD player in the dash. There's no room for anything except Slim Jims, Doritos, trail mix, some bottles of water, astronaut ice cream, and two CDs. So I pack a Beatles album- who knows which one - and Built to Spill's Keep it Like a Secret.

Bella R. ,

What the hell?????

I'm not really sure how it's possible that I'm the first to review this incredible album.......It's amazing just buy it you won't be sorry. I saw this at Borders and I had absolutely no idea who the band was and I just picked it up because it was like $4.99 and I thought I'd try it out. This hardly ever happens that I like a CD the first time I hear it but I did with Keep It Like A Secret. My favorite tracks: "Else", "Time Trap", and "Carry the Zero"

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