Built to Spill – Keep it Like a Secret
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2009
Man, what a solid batch of jams. This comes really close to being my favorite Built to Spill record. It might be, although I think Perfect From Now On might be the masterpiece. I can never decide, it changes all the time. Although, “You Were Right” is on this record, so I don’t know. That song has influenced me so much, one that let me know it was ok to constantly reference the artists you love for some sort of artistic statement. That and it has “Time Trap,” “Carry the Zero,” “Sidewalk,” that awesome breakdown in “Temporarily Blind,” and, well, shit, this is a great record. I remember the first time I heard it, too. I was in high school and picked up a promo copy of Keep it Like a Secret at Goodwill for two bucks. It’s still the best album I’ve ever bought at Goodwill. I still have it, it has that golden imprint from Warner Bros saying that it’s their property and you can’t sell it (although it’s been recently proven that that is bullshit and that once they give you a record, as a critic, you can do whatever you want with it because it’s technically a gift). Anyway, this is a great record. My only real quibble is that it starts with “The Plan,” which I think is the weakest track on this record. However, it’s still a fantastic follow-up to Perfect From Now On.