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  • Audio CD (26 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Worlds Fair / Coop
  • ASIN: B001GCZIXK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Atomic Heels
  2. Last Believer Drop Dead
  3. Have I Run Out
  4. Underneath The Concrete
  5. Now You're Gone
  6. Walls Are Starting To Crack
  7. I Never Thought To Ask
  8. Fire Is Waiting

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BBC Review

Secret Machines make their comeback with a record at once completely theirs and excitingly evolved. Hanging on to their likable and familiar indie rock traits and developing challenging new ones, they have - with evident awareness - made a brilliant mixture from the two.

The New York based three-piece have lost a member since their last foray into the album world. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis parted ways with the band in 2007, shortly after the release of their second record Ten Silver Drops. His brother, the multi-tasking bassist, vocalist and keyboard player Brandon Curtis stuck with drummer Josh Garza and enlisted former Tripping Daisy bandmate Phil Karnats to complete the line-up which would produce this, their self-titled third longplayer.

The arrival of Karnats may well have been partly responsible for the change in the direction on display here: Curtis has declared all three of the band equally responsible for their musical output. Secret Machines is a darker, more experimental album than its two predecessors, perhaps revisiting the style Curtis and Garza dabbled with in former project Captain Audio.

The album eases into those changes gradually: Atomic Heels opens with distorted riffs and lurching drumbeat, but maintains that typical Machines pace while also injecting something of the sinister. The following Last Believer Drop Dead and Have I Run Out also stylistically resemble the material of the previous two albums, providing a linear transition between Secret Machines old and new.

That transition really kicks in with Underneath The Concrete, with its synth-driven, 80s electronic motif which alternates between sparse, minimalist verse and stomping chorus. The Walls Are Starting To Crack references the band's more abstract and progressive influences, with a soundscape interlude full of fluttering drums and an interesting mix of acoustic and electric components.

The collection ends with The Fire Is Waiting, an 11-minute barrage of musical layering at one moment comfortably listenable, the next complex and demanding. It is a fitting end to an album which seems to possess a clear linear pathway, gradually transforming the Secret Machines sound beneath the listener's ears. As well as being an accomplished work in itself, this album is a great teaser for future gems. --Keira Burgess

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This is a an excellent album by the band that should have been massive. Harder and darker than their earlier albums but no less enjoyable. Production isn't as crisp as before but it adds to mood created by these powerful sometimes menacing songs. Rock music is littered with bands that could have been hugely successful and these guys definitely fall into that category. How Muse succeeded and conquered the world while these guys floundered in relative obscurity is a bit of a mystery to me. Buy all their albums...and listen to a great band that should have been huge.
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An amazing band full of menace and power.

Championed by no less than Mr Bowie, he got them a spot on one his gigs , a massive affair by all accounts.

You would have thought the future would have been sealed but no ,nothing nada.!

Critics raved about the first album , fans loved them live but no sales so obscurity beckoned .

Treat yourself and listen to all three, don't listen to this first you'll be a bit confused.

This is a culmination of a band growing, exploring trying out new ideas , venturing somewhere else .

It is quite brilliant don't get me wrong , they are totally original in every way , just save this one until the others have been digested.
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with the amount of dross being released lately this is not that bad.

Admittedly, it's not as good as their previous albums but we still have something that is well crafted, well produced - recognizing genuine talent.

It wont change your world but it will make you nod your head and tap your feet - enough said
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