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The rise of Texan troubadours Secret Machines has been impressive. They initially appeared with the fantastic debut album September 000; bettered it with Now Here Is Nowhere; and now theyve gone one better with Ten Silver Drops--not only a more personal record, but also more musically ambitious and more conceptually sustained. Recorded in the Catskills mountains in New York state, the bands third project leads with the whirling, yearning, mildly epic single "Alone, Jealous and Stoned" before unfurling in typically "space-rock" (their description) fashion, all prog-rock psychedelia, hypnotic krautrock grooves and a decent split of cosmic instrumentals and catchy Flaming Lips-style choruses. The loping, slow-burning strangeness of "Daddys In The Doldrums" and the easy-going "I Want To Know (if its still possible" (featuring Garth Hudson from The Band on accordion) all bring forth the bands penetrative grooves and psych-rock keyboard scribbles, offering a sound thats impressively muscular and surprisingly melodic. Its very rare that a band these days gets better and better with each successive album, but Secret Machines are fast becoming old masters at upsetting such conventions.--Paul Sullivan
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While it is true to some extent that Secret Machines have taken a slightly more pop-oriented approach to their songwriting - single 'Lightning Blue Eyes' is almost catchy - they still average around five minutes each, with monumental centrepiece 'Daddy's In The Doldrums' nearly nine. No track outstays its welcome though. Soaring opener 'Alone, Jealous and Stoned' begins with mournful, tolling piano soon subsumed by pounding drums and powerfully paranoid lyrics. The pair of epics that close the record are spellbinding, particularly the finale '1,000 Seconds', which, whilst sounding scarily like 'Performance and Cocktals' closer 'I Stopped To Fill My Car Up' documents the breakdown of a relationship quite superbly, with little more than piano and drums. 'I Hate Pretending' is the closest the band come to reprising the sound of their debut - enter swooping guitars and driving synth basslines - but the arguable high point is 'All At Once (It's Not Important), a breathtaking tirade against an unknown lover, fillled with tribal drumming, a memorable guitar line and palpable, pulsating angst.
The Pink Floyd/Krautrock comparison are of course valid but Secret Machines are carving their own sound very successfully. They are a force to be reckoned with live and these songs will only cement their gig reputation. A gripping listen, 'Ten Silver Drops' will suit prog dinosaurs and rock enthusiasts old and new - highly recommended.
The groups first album "Now Here to Nowhere" was much rawer sounding. Here there is a much cooler, cleaner sheen to the groups sonic palette. Plus, the songwriting is moved up a notch. The vocals of Brandon Curtis have also matured and show greater flexibility. On "Faded Lines" it reminds me of Paul Haig!
I like this album a lot. A young band producing sophisticated, involving music is refreshing to come by. At once catchy and direct, but taking their influences and pushing everything forward to make their own individual sound. On the evidence of this release they have a very bright future.
p.s. go see them live...it's brilliant
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Excellent item as described. Prompt dispatch, safe and sound. Top marks.Published 5 months ago by P. F. Tracgransglaws
As with most people today once you buy a CD you expect to be able to use it on multiple devices - most notably mp3 players. However, the CD will not operate in a computer. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by Hardip
This is the ultimate Secret Machines album. It showcases the band in the middle ground between the prog of Now Here Is Nowhere, and the more pop elements of their final album. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2013 by Ben W
Personally I don't see this Krautrock/Eno/Floyd comparison....it's not electronica, it's not experimental, it's not psychedelia.... Read morePublished on 9 April 2010 by Anon/Devon
I read some of the reviews and figured Secret Machines were my kind of band. Thankfully I picked up this album cheap a year or so after it had been released, or I'd have felt... Read morePublished on 15 Nov. 2008 by Ethan Maconie
Take a healthy amount of prog rock, blend in a liberal amount of krautrock, and top it off with some shoegazing music and you have Secret Machines' sophomore album Ten Silver... Read morePublished on 8 April 2007 by Amazon Customer
When I heard Secret Machines were supporting MUSE I thought I'd check them out so I bought their first album and was slightly let down. Read morePublished on 2 April 2007 by S. Jordan
This album launches the sound of the trio-genii Secret Machines into superspace. Emblazoned with terrifyingly passionate lyrics, seared onto riffs that carry you to the sun and... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2006 by the robster
Great songs with intelligent production... it just sounds so natural, they can tear one song apart with subtle rhythm changes; somehow everything fits perfectly together. Read morePublished on 4 July 2006 by David Calcano