Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
Carry The Zero 16
Else 11
You Were Right 9
The Plan 5
Sidewalk 4
Temporarily Blind 3
Time Trap 2
Center Of The Universe 2
Broken Chairs 2
Bad Light 1


markers, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:00 (six years ago) Permalink

o god

j lol (surm), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:01 (six years ago) Permalink

might have to go with "the plan" or "you were right," but i need to think about it

markers, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

"Carry the Zero" for all time.

jaymc, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:02 (six years ago) Permalink

you were right defined a good portion of my life

j lol (surm), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:03 (six years ago) Permalink

"You Were Right" is one of the few successful meta songs, especially from this era.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Voted "You Were Right" but firmly believe "Carry The Zero" is the right answer.

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:07 (six years ago) Permalink

broken chairs opens like a zeppelin song

j lol (surm), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:08 (six years ago) Permalink

Temporarily Blind is my undisputed favorite.

its realy sad, it was a R.I.P. thread (kkvgz), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

Sucks that I have to reflexively vote for "Carry the Zero," because there's not a dud on this album. One of the finest of the '90s.

Evan R, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:12 (six years ago) Permalink

jaymc otm

mookieproof, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah this is hard but i'm gonna go with "you were right" for the intro alone

apichathong song (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

"Broken Chairs", here but esp. on the live record.

Euler, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

haha actually i wanna vote for "time trap" for the intro too

apichathong song (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

"time trap" intro is pretty sick

hah, xpost

original bgm, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

went w/ "the plan"

markers, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:46 (six years ago) Permalink

kind of feel like "carry the zero" might be the ultimate built to spill song -- not that it's my fave of theirs, but it sort of encapsulates the whole band in about five minutes.

tylerw, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:48 (six years ago) Permalink

I always kind of laugh about this with Jaxon as when he and I met I had this girlfriend/bandmate who was an obsessive Built To Spill/Modest Mouse fan to the point of utter cognitive dissonant disgust on my part. But like 15 years later I realize there was a big oversight on my part as there are some really good tunes I ignored.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:52 (six years ago) Permalink

anyone not voting for "sidewalk" needs to listen to it right now

Darin, Monday, 25 July 2011 18:53 (six years ago) Permalink

...But not to say I was never on board with BTS, I saw their first few tours when they were microscopic, I also saw the Treepeople (with Dug) a few times way back in the very early 90s (1990!) when they were opening for Beat Happening.

Just gave their mid-late era short shrift unfairly.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:54 (six years ago) Permalink

...voted Else. Heard it in a bar on the tail end of a blind date one night about 10 years ago and the gal was really into it, it was a good mood-memory.

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Monday, 25 July 2011 18:55 (six years ago) Permalink

this pretty much the best indie rock album ever (though i guess it was on a major)

voted "sidewalk"

amada thuggindiss (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 July 2011 19:07 (six years ago) Permalink

i remember thinking the rolling stone review of this at the time was ridiculous, like trying to fit in a gazillion references.
Martsch's zigging, zagging vocal melodies and explosive, loud-soft-loud hook dynamics are right out of the Pixies and Husker Du song manuals. There are traces of Lou Reed and the hyperwriting of '66 Bob Dylan in Secret's lyric mix of run-on, conversational syntax and curveball wordplay

the spiky, backwoods-existentialist phrasing of Robbie Robertson; Tom Verlaine's silvery, spit-curl flourishes; the glassy strum of the Smiths' Johnny Marr.

a noisy guitar chorale that somehow combines the orchestral density of Jimi Hendrix with the brittle immediacy of Wire.

tylerw, Monday, 25 July 2011 19:14 (six years ago) Permalink

itunes says its tie btw 'sidewalk' and 'else'

can i borrow?: a debt ceiling (Lamp), Monday, 25 July 2011 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Wow – I see that kind of writing in the student newspaper.

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 25 July 2011 19:15 (six years ago) Permalink

it's david fricke!
think the only song i don't like here is "bad light"

tylerw, Monday, 25 July 2011 19:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Lotta good songs on this one but Carry the Zero is the best thing they've ever written/recorded. I don't think I can quite verbalize how very much I love the song--its central metaphor, the way one part flows into the next, it's just all-around wonderful.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Monday, 25 July 2011 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

think i might vote for "bad light" for how when it finally builds to an actual chorus, the song is over.

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Monday, 25 July 2011 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

version of "carry the zero" here is kinda nuts http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=3881

tylerw, Monday, 25 July 2011 19:18 (six years ago) Permalink

I've written about this elsewhere, but the new Toby Keith single sounds remarkably like "Else":

http://tasteofcountry.com/toby-keith-made-in-america/

Right down to the kinda spaced-out twang at the end.

Evan R, Monday, 25 July 2011 19:21 (six years ago) Permalink

dialed this up on the ipod and now have been all "damn i should have voted for this one instead" on every successive song. fucking masterpiece.

amada thuggindiss (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 July 2011 20:22 (six years ago) Permalink

yep

j lol (surm), Monday, 25 July 2011 20:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Lots of great songs on this one, but yeah, 'Sidewalk'.

righteousmaelstrom, Monday, 25 July 2011 20:35 (six years ago) Permalink

everyone otm about carry the zero

iatee, Monday, 25 July 2011 21:03 (six years ago) Permalink

i like how, for all the amazing guitar overdubs, it's really tightly arranged and controlled for the entire album until the end of broken chairs, the very last song which jams out into the cosmos

amada thuggindiss (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 July 2011 21:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Else

leave me alone, i was only zinging (rip van wanko), Monday, 25 July 2011 21:40 (six years ago) Permalink

i really like this album, and pretty much nothing by this band besides this album. voted for "Else."

yelling "free dom passy" til you know i'm aspie (some dude), Monday, 25 July 2011 22:07 (six years ago) Permalink

Damn near a perfect album. Carry the Zero is unfuckwithable.

however, I voted for Else. Probably my fave BtS song ever.

alpine static, Monday, 25 July 2011 22:21 (six years ago) Permalink

"Carry the Zero," based on the outro alone.

Punned Sheerest, Monday, 25 July 2011 22:32 (six years ago) Permalink

'You Were Right'. Heard it on some American radio station via RealPlayer, shortly after recieveing a dial-up connection. I guessed it was Built To Spill, who I'd never heard a note of. Every impulse purchase of 1999 was a classic, insane as it now seems.

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Tuesday, 26 July 2011 00:28 (six years ago) Permalink

"carry the zero" is awesome. one of the best songs of a great music year

reggie (qualmsley), Tuesday, 26 July 2011 00:35 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

i voted for You Were Right

's like a punch in the gut

j lol (surm), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 23:17 (six years ago) Permalink

As a long-standing fan of this album, I don't quite get the Carry The Zero love. I like it a lot, but don't get why it's a fave.

Colin Allstations (PaulTMA), Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:09 (six years ago) Permalink

I voted for "Else."

The Edge of Gloryhole (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 28 July 2011 00:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Still think this record pales in the mighty shadow of Perfect From Now On but I guess we have already had that debate on other threads. I think it comes down to if this was your first exposure to BTS it might likely be your favourite. Thats my theory anyway.

Hinklepicker, Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:14 (six years ago) Permalink

you're right Perfect From Now On is much much better: Built To Spill poll

Bee OK, Thursday, 28 July 2011 01:20 (six years ago) Permalink

"carry the zero" love is all about the lyrics bridging into that massive crescendo. it is a major call to get off your ass, fuck the consequences. now we can't even touch it, afraid it'll fall apart

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:46 (six years ago) Permalink

my first exposure to bts was the caustic resin ep, particularly 'when not being stupid is not enough'

it's tough, but i think i'll take 'keep it like a secret' over perfect, though i would trade out 'you were right' (blasphemy!)

mookieproof, Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:50 (six years ago) Permalink

"stop the show" is awesome but i'd take 'keep it like a secret' any night of the week. (and "you were right" should've been a b-side -- i get the joke; once is enough)

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 28 July 2011 02:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Tbh, though, I've always been surprised that people like the song as much as I do. I know, e.g., that the major-7th chords are doing it for me, but presumably not everyone else is being taken in for that reason.

jaymc, Thursday, 28 July 2011 20:51 (six years ago) Permalink

voted Else, glad to see it's got a real contingency here; Now And Then might be my favorite KILAS-era song.

Cosmo Vitelli, Thursday, 28 July 2011 20:59 (six years ago) Permalink

"what IS this? it's awesome!"

played "carry the zero" one day at at my previous job and two coworkers rushed up to me and asked "what is THIS, this is awesome"

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 July 2011 21:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Thursday, 28 July 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

*ponders*

markers, Thursday, 28 July 2011 23:23 (six years ago) Permalink

If not for TB, it could have been any one of these for me.

kkvgz, Thursday, 28 July 2011 23:39 (six years ago) Permalink

i was afraid i'd be the only one to vote for "bad light"

but come on that ending

preschoolin' life (BradNelson), Friday, 29 July 2011 06:23 (six years ago) Permalink

No track got zero votes, good showing.

WARS OF ARMAGEDDON (Karaoke Version) (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 29 July 2011 17:04 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Don't drag this out as much add I used to, but whenever I do, I wonder why I still spend money on other music.

how's life, Friday, 5 April 2013 10:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Could say the same about Perfect from Now On.

riverrun, past Steve and Adam's (ledge), Friday, 5 April 2013 10:58 (four years ago) Permalink

Double OTM.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 5 April 2013 11:52 (four years ago) Permalink

i see they are touring this summer, going to try and catch their show.

Bee OK, Saturday, 6 April 2013 02:12 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah, VRROOOOOOOM
DUN der na ner - SCREEEEEECH
DUN der na ner - SCREEEEEEEEEEE
dwee, dwah dweedle-ah dweeeeeee....dwah dweedle
dwee dwah dwee dwah dwee dwah dwah dweedle

underrated aerobies I have flung (how's life), Friday, 6 June 2014 11:44 (three years ago) Permalink

how's life otm

j., Friday, 6 June 2014 14:45 (three years ago) Permalink

missed this poll, obviously. one of my fave albums ever. would've voted else.

KILAS > PFNO but both are essentially perfect. for me, it's just that I prefer 5 minute songs to 8 minute songs.

alpine static, Friday, 6 June 2014 16:04 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

and you're so occupied with what other persons are occupied with
and vice versa

calstars, Sunday, 7 December 2014 03:02 (two years ago) Permalink

a fraction

mookieproof, Sunday, 7 December 2014 03:22 (two years ago) Permalink

you guys haven't heard the new MIGUEL

if i had a million middle fingers (rip van wanko), Sunday, 7 December 2014 03:30 (two years ago) Permalink

I voted for Else. Probably my fave BtS song ever.

― alpine static, Monday, July 25, 2011 3:21 PM (3 years ago)

missed this poll, obviously. one of my fave albums ever. would've voted else.

― alpine static, Friday, June 6, 2014 9:04 AM (6 months ago)

lol

alpine static, Sunday, 7 December 2014 06:56 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah
wah-wah, wah-wah, wah-wah, VRROOOOOOOM
DUN der na ner - SCREEEEEECH
DUN der na ner - SCREEEEEEEEEEE
dwee, dwah dweedle-ah dweeeeeee....dwah dweedle
dwee dwah dwee dwah dwee dwah dwah dweedle

otm

Dave Depper (Davey D), Saturday, 14 February 2015 07:21 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

i was a huge modest mouse fan when i was a young teenager and i'm really bummed i didn't hear this album until i was 22. when i was younger i got Perfect from Now On and couldn't get into it.

anyway i was at someone's apartment in ohio and they were playing this record and i was completely blown away, immediately wanted to hear 'Center of the Universe' over and over, all that.

flappy bird, Thursday, 15 June 2017 03:02 (two months ago) Permalink

This album is great. Way back when a band I was in was playing Portland (I think), and we were talking to this girl about this album when she revealed she was the one on the cover!

She did not have wings, though.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 15 June 2017 12:53 (two months ago) Permalink

ha that's awesome!

not sure whether to post this in here or "unusual details in wikipedia articles," because this isn't necessarily an unusual detail it's just weird:

Many of the songs on the album originated from a week's worth of band jam sessions in Boise. During these marathon jam sessions, which could last up to five hours at a time, Martsch used a foot pedal that triggered a tape machine to begin recording.

..... marathon?

flappy bird, Friday, 16 June 2017 23:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Carry the zero was the one for me...way into those maj7 chords

calstars, Saturday, 17 June 2017 23:36 (two months ago) Permalink

their best record. :-)

Ludo, Sunday, 18 June 2017 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Center of the Universe is just ridiculous. 4 killer hooks, each better than the last. The melodies on this album are like nursery rhymes, especially COTU.

flappy bird, Monday, 26 June 2017 23:15 (one month ago) Permalink

all the hooks on this album are really short and simple and each song has like 4 or 5 or 6

flappy bird, Monday, 26 June 2017 23:15 (one month ago) Permalink

calstars otm about carry the zero, the outro is spectacular

black covfefe in bed (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:08 (one month ago) Permalink

when the drums sync with the guitar lead it's : )

calstars, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

this one is their best, but only by a little bit over Perfect From Now On

two paragons of "indie rock," and one of the best back-to-back album pairs in recent memory

alpine static, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:55 (one month ago) Permalink

^

To this day just hearing the opening bit of velvet waltz sends me down an embarrassing spiral of nostalgic teary eyes

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:58 (one month ago) Permalink

def one of my only favorite high school songs that I'm not worn out on yet

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Time Trap has an amazing intro, great verses, but the chorus is weak and the outro is really a letdown. Feel like if he spent a couple more days on that, it would be the best song on here.

The results here are pretty spot on, no complaints.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 03:58 (one month ago) Permalink

i do love borken chairs, especially when the whistling comes in about halfway through the jam--you always expect it to come back, but alas, it never does

black covfefe in bed (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Aw man, I was about to come on here to say that I love the chorus of time trap! Agreed on the outro through - it feels like one of the few unpolished parts on the whole album. All is forgotten and forgiven when it quickly transitions into Else, though.

xpost

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:09 (one month ago) Permalink

But you could never know that... (Good)
In a time trap... (Okay)
In a tiiiime trap. <-- I don't like this whiny part, he could say and do more with the set up. Seems like Doug just gave up on it.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:12 (one month ago) Permalink

the chorus of time trap is the best hook! another hook that sounds like a nursery rhyme

flappy bird, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:15 (one month ago) Permalink

the intro to time trap is the best part, the rest of the song doesn't hold up as well

global tetrahedron, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 04:19 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah it's like a cut n shunt. guitar parts expertly layer on top of one another and then suddenly woah where'd it all go?

i'm not sure how desirable nursery rhyme hooks are unless you think 'nan nanny boo boo' is the peak of songwriting. but i will have to refrain from further comment as i haven't loaded my music onto my new phone and this & perfect are their only two albums not on spotify.

The XX pants (ledge), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 08:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Good news - they're on Spotify! I listened to them last night.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:52 (one month ago) Permalink

i was a huge modest mouse fan when i was a young teenager and i'm really bummed i didn't hear this album until i was 22.

i had a similar experience with this record, also trail of dead/sonic youth. is there a thread for "bands who directly influenced the bands you love that you didn't hear until much later?"

just another (diamonddave85), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 14:13 (one month ago) Permalink

I can think of very few albums that feature so many fleeting but huge hooks and anthemic bits I love so much, let alone in service of great songs. An indie-rock (as genre) apex.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Good news - they're on Spotify! I listened to them last night.

not in my locale!

The XX pants (ledge), Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:03 (one month ago) Permalink

the nursery rhyme thing reminds me of Nevermind. the hooks are all ear candy. they're simple and supercharged.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm glad this thread popped to life again, because it flashed me back to the last time I saw the band, September 2001. They played several songs from "Perfect from Now On," but a whopping *one* from "Keep It Like a Secret," yet found space to play some Halo Benders and a Caustic Resin track, plus three epic classic rock covers: Cheap Trick's "Dream Police," George Harrison's "What is Life" (he died the next month or so, iirc) and yes, "Freebird" - all in their elaborate entirety.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 3 July 2017 22:48 (one month ago) Permalink

Ancient Melodies Of the Future destroyed this band. All momentum vanished.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:03 (one month ago) Permalink

The 'plays perfect from now on in its entirety' show I saw several years ago hung together wonderfully

or at night (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Ancient Melodies Of the Future destroyed this band. All momentum vanished.

I disagree. That album had a number of highlights and There Is No Enemy was a very good album - they've just never quite reached their mid-period peak again.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I haven't listened to ancient melodies in a very long time but it was one of most anticipated albums and I remember being very disappointed. I thought that the even the worst songs of perfect and secret were better then the best songs off of ancient melodies. But it's been a long time.

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:21 (one month ago) Permalink

When it first came out, Ancient Melodies turned me off of the band for a while. But revisiting it a few years later I wound up really loving it. Untethered Moon is really the only one I don't rate.

cwkiii, Tuesday, 4 July 2017 01:35 (one month ago) Permalink


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