Boise, Idaho's Built to Spill has been called indie rock's Grateful Dead, a distinction few who've heard its soaring, gorgeous guitar epics will deny. Yet it's the band members' ability to add pop punch and lyricism to their rangy symphonics that makes Built to Spill the most exciting guitar band in America. At the band's center is singer-guitarist Doug Martsch, a Neil Young-style whiner and Dinosaur Jr. style guitarist whose angry, sensitive lyrics provide a welcome alternative to the mopey balladry of an Elliot Smith or the alienated drone of Radiohead's Thom Yorke. Where the band's last release, 1997's PERFECT FROM NOW ON, saw Martsch's heart-shaped guitar wandering all over the astral plane, KEEP IT LIKE A SECRET is a more focused, accessible effort -- a career best that leaps around the common ground between indie rock's vulnerability and classic rock's triumphant musical dexterity. Songs like "The Plan" and "Temporarily Blind" spin and spiral like tornadoes, clearing the way for the sweet, languid "Else" and the raging, postgrunge rocker "You Were Right." But even at its most atmospheric, Built to Spill makes rock that's always as tuneful as it is turgid.
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