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  • Audio CD (May 21, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: October 5, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B000ELL0R2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,728 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ten Silver Drops (U.S. Version) by Secret Machines

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As you might expect from a band whose primary interests include psychedelic space-rock jams and song titles like "It's A Bad Wind That Don't Blow Somebody Good," the Secret Machines are in no particular hurry. So don't be put off by the fact that the tracklist for the Texas-born, New York-based band's second full-length album only includes eight songs. Each one is epic (and not in the bad Creed "arms-spread-on-the-mountaintop" way): packing in more drama, billowing guitar solos and stealth pop hooks than the Strokes' entire back catalog. On Ten Silver Drops the hirsute trio seems to have discovered a sense of economy, particularly in toxic garage tracks like "Lightning Blue Eyes" and "Faded Lines," but there's no reason for concern. Unlike everything else the Secret Machines do, it's short-lived. The charmingly titled "Daddy's In The Doldrums" lingers for a full eight-minutes, making it worth at least three songs in one. --Aidin Vaziri

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This is one of the best albums of the year so far.
alexander laurence
There are up-tempo songs like "Lightning Blue Eyes" and "I Hate Pretending", and speaking of that track, you have to hear the drum solo at the end of that track!!
The Piper at the Gates
This is without a doubt "one of those albums" that you need to listen to the entire thing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matt Bond on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Let me start out by saying that I absolutely loved (and still do) their last record, Now Here Is Nowhere. I was blown away by their sound, that I have to say, is pretty unique. It wasn't until about 6 months ago when I first was lucky enough to hear them. So, as I got more and more into them, I was thrilled when I learned of a new album due out.

First day out, you bet it was mine. Let me explain why this album is so great: Their songs are more venturous and (yes, I know I'm not the first to use this word to describe them) epic than any band I've heard in the last 5-6 years. Their composition blows me away. The band has got incredible patience; no other band could compose a 9 minute long song that does not rush a single note (see: "Daddy's in the Doldrums"). They have time to throw in a catchy first single that isn't too poppy to scare away older fans (see: "Lighting Blue Eyes"). There's long openers that seem all too familiar, that you swear you can sing along with upon the first hearing (see: "Alone, Jealous, and Stoned"). There's sad, emotional ballads (see: "1000 seconds). There's ground-breaking music that I've never heard anything else even remotley like (see: "I Hate Pretending). Etc, etc. I cannot stress how good this ablum is. Please, please don't go and just download the songs I just mentioned. This is without a doubt "one of those albums" that you need to listen to the entire thing. Each song individually is really, really well done. But the album as a whole? Absolutely amazing. One of, if not the best ablum of 2006.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joe, just Joe on June 14, 2006
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I have invented the term sophisticated psychedelia to describe this album. It has all of the levity, the strange spacyness, and mystery of psychedelic jam music but with none of the fat, none of the wasted notes, the dawdling, ambling or lingering. It is a perfect harmony of logical preconception and far-out whimsy. And yet this description does not include the other element, the darkness that is both cerebral and visceral, and which pervades the entire album. It's cerebral element comes from the spare yet smart lyrics and its visceral quality is expressed by the fairly deep beats which are used in many of the songs.

These descriptive sentences are the closest I can come to intimating to you what the experience of 10 silver drop is like and yet they are total rubbish, for there is no real way for me to tell you what you are in for when you put the newest silver machines disk in your stereo. Just buy it and play it, and I assure you, you will be astounded, and you will play it over and over again. My only complaint about this album is that it is too short, but I would have this same complaint if it was 3 hours long. I cant get enough of this great thing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. Versch on January 29, 2007
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It was sort of coincedence that I discovered this band. I think it had something to do with the persistant suggestion of Amazon's recommendations department combined with the fact that I saw it on the shelf at some music store (I want to sound cool. It was actually a Barnes & Noble), picked it up, bought it, took it home, and fell in love with the band. It just so happened, and I didn't discover this until much later, that one of the members of Secret Machines was in Tripping Daisy, a band I deeply mourn and often pine for.

Layered, dense and emotional. Medatative, and anything but rushed. The tracks on this album are long but don't meander much. They carry their somewhat ambivalent emotional weight (moreso than their previous efforts) without falling into sentimentalism. There's this seductive, almost trancey cohesion throughout the whole piece, and it really manages to pull the listener in.

What I don't get about this, what I don't get about most of popular music, in fact, is that very few people out there are listening to this music. Secret Machines are right there in major-label obscurity. What's up with that? I mean yeah, the songs are sort of long, but I never thought that was a good excuse for obscurity. They're way better than the mass of popular music. In fact, they're way better than the other similarly themed, slightly off-kilter acts you can catch on the more artsy radio stations out there. Plus, what with the power of the internet and all, why is good music like this still floating on the boundaries of the musical world?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Roger Dahjer on May 5, 2006
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As soon as this album started I knew it was going to be all that I had anticpated. When I was highschool I used spend many of my afternoons lying on my back, just drifting along, with Darkside of the Moon on the HiFi. Now I have a full time job, bills, and student loans, but I still lie on my back in the evening, drifting, trying to come to terms with existence, and my new album of choice for this is 10 Silver Drops. It is hypnotic without being sleepy -- its the perfect music to guide you on an excursion into the sky. By far their best album, and one of the coolest albums of the day.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Piper at the Gates on January 14, 2007
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After repeating listens to this album, I'm still very torn. Is it infact better than their debut album, "Now Here is Nowhere"? I'm still not sure. I think the band direction is pretty much headed on the same path. Yes, there are some differences in the albums, epecially lyrically,but nothing drastic. They have the same sorta "spaced out" sound to certain tracks, like the slow album opener "Alone, Jealous, and Stoned". They have great a rhythmn section in drummer Josh Garza as shown on the great tune, "Daddy's in the Doldrums". There are up-tempo songs like "Lightning Blue Eyes" and "I Hate Pretending", and speaking of that track, you have to hear the drum solo at the end of that track!! The lyrical content seems to be bit more dark than here than on their debut. I also feel that the album is a bit top-heavy. To me, the first 5 songs are indeed the best tracks. The last three songs seem to kinda slow the album down a bit and I don't feel that it finishes strong. As with all their other work, I don't feel Brandon Curtis is the greatest vocalist in the world, but he does have an unique deliverly of lyrics and writes songs to match his vocal limitations. But all in all, the Ten Silver Drops is pretty much more of the same as their previous material. If you like "Now Here is Nowhere", there's no reason not to like "Ten Silver Drops". I definitely think that the sky's the limit for this band. If they continue to hone their craft, they may create some masterpieces in the future.

Key Tracks: "Alone, Jealous, and Stoned", "All At Once", "Daddy's in the Doldrums" and "I Hate Pretending"
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