Keep It Like a Secret

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Keep It Like a Secret
Studio album by Built to Spill
Released February 2, 1999
Recorded Nov 1997-Feb 1998
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:53
Label Up Records/Warner Bros.
Producer Phil Ek and Doug Martsch
Built to Spill chronology
Perfect from Now On
Keep It Like a Secret
Ancient Melodies of the Future
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10) [2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) [3]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [4]

Keep It Like a Secret is the fourth full-length album released by indie rock band Built to Spill, and their second for Warner Bros. The core line-up of the band had not changed since Perfect from Now On: singer/guitarist Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Scott Plouf. The album was recorded at Bear Creek studios in Woodinville, Washington by Phil Ek, with overdubs at Avast! Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington. Keep It Like a Secret was released on February 2, 1999. The album spawned two EPs: Carry the Zero and Center of the Universe. Pitchfork ranked the album at #41 on their "Top Albums of the 90s" list (1999).[5]

Additional musicians[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Built to Spill except "Broken Chairs," which includes lyrics by the poet Uhuru Black.

  1. "The Plan" – 3:29
  2. "Center of the Universe" – 2:43
  3. "Carry the Zero" – 5:44
  4. "Sidewalk" – 3:51
  5. "Bad Light" – 3:22
  6. "Time Trap" – 5:22
  7. "Else" – 4:09
  8. "You Were Right" – 4:45
  9. "Temporarily Blind" – 4:48
  10. "Broken Chairs" – 8:40

Extra song on vinyl only: "Forget Remember When"

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Built to Spill: Keep it Like a Secret". 1999-02-23. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  3. ^ "CG: Built to Spill". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  4. ^ "Rolling Stone Music | Album Reviews". Retrieved 2011-06-17. 
  5. ^ "Acclaimed Music Forum". Retrieved 2011-06-17.