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The record is a logical creative step for The Secret Machines, over Now Here Is Nowhere (2004) and Ten Silver Drops(2006). It's a nod ahead of to, yet not a departure from, the psychedelic rock that has helped make Dallas-bred NYC transplants a fan critical darling in the U.S. and Europe - not to mention favorites of U2's The Edge and David Bowie. Going forward theband sees nothing but open skies.
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-Ben gets bored with Seven Bells
-Brandon and Ben get over their differences, and Ben rejoins
-but Phil Karnatz stays on!
i really like the technique of both guitarists...
...imagine an album featuring both?
This is my first Secret Machines album and its sick people always like it when I play it.
Each Secret Machines album features a nod to alternative radio friendly pop prog rock. This album's gem is "Atomic Heels," the disk's opener. "Uncover your eyes
they're bloodied in love whose staring back at yours, honey what have you missed?
You say let them go on fighting i guess as long as there's someplace left to visit. You keep telling me everything's gotta be real. Why don't you lift em up and see, what's beneath your atomic heels?," so opines Curtis on the bouncy pop drone as they reveal they ain't missing a beat in the lineup change.
And then on to "Last Believer, Drop Dead," in which the repetitive drum pound is back. That driving relentless axe chop of their first album, Now Here Is Nowhere, and its openers, "First Wave Intact," and "Sad and Lonely." Though with this album you are drinking down a familiar brew, why mess with this space rock, psychedelica, Black Sabbath, Rush, Pink Floyd thing they have going? No need for these boys to show they are branching out when their signature sound, sounds so innovative and edgy in the first place.
Other highlights on the album are another return to space pop prog in track 4, "Underneath the Concrete," in which Brandon reveals a character that may be slipping apart at the seams, "Underneath the concrete looking for some space to move
I could be running to the sidewalks end for the rest of my days. Looking for the faintest light, slipping away, Away, away."
And then there is the very interesting introspective "P. Floyd Wall-esque," track 6, "The Walls are Starting to Crack." And it may be in this song where the Machines make their mark here. The psychedelica ballad will summon ghosts of pink shaving off his eyebrows and exploring his inner crazy guy from Pink Floyd's "The Wall" of course. "I've been rushing the air sleep
To see how the time slips past. The living keep falling away so I stay in this watch tower to wait for a safer hour enclosed in mortar and stone. The walls are starting to crack, how could they hold back? These waves have always broken through. I have been lied to, these walls are all that I know." And about halfway through the song, it just stops and enter the Floyd playbook with erie space jam drumming, electronica white noise, and finally the big payoff where we have a drum lead-in by the brillant Garza to the choral legions of high voiced apocalyptic choir screaming their pitch perfect head off. It is a musical moment you don't won't to miss boys and girls. --mmw
I think this CD has it's own unique flavor so to speak, just as the two previous ones have (I'm not familiar with their first yet). That's why Secret Machines is one of my top 5 favorite current groups.
That being said, I think this CD has many shades, colors and moods. Not only from track to track, but within the tracks themselves. I will call it my favorite, but that may be because it's the newest to my ears. If you are a fan of Secret Machines, then I believe they deliver and progress to new territory on this one.
I purchased this CD on the first day of release and I can't (don't want to) pull if from the CD player! It really grows on you!!!
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Now, ease back gently & let me elaborate somewhat...Read more
1. Atomic Heels and underneath the Concrete
2. Everything else
1. I like atomic heels and it's very cute.Read more