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Old 09-16-2008, 06:33 PM   #1
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New Secret Machines

is pretty good. they actually have a new guitarist, which makes me a little curious, didn't The Edge use an effect on the new album inspired by The Secret Machines' guitar player? i wonder if it was the old one or the new one....

anyway, it's good. check it out.
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leaked. you can find a link on atease - now
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Since it hasn't legally been released yet, I haven't heard anything from it, but to say that I'm worried about this album is an understatement. When your group consists of 3 band members, 2 of which are brothers, and one of the band members that is 1 of the 2 brothers leaves the band, it's really doesn't look good for the group. When a band decides they're not going to actually replace the third band member and just rotate guitar players, keyboard players, etc., it doesn't look good for the group. When a band decides to do soundtrack tunes for a musical about The Beatles (hello BeeGees), it doesn't look good for the group.
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When a band decides to do soundtrack tunes for a musical about The Beatles (hello BeeGees), it doesn't look good for the group.

They played with Bono on that soundtrack.


Wait....
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Not leaks.
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oh, then i don't know any other details, other than that it's good.
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They played with Bono on that soundtrack.


Wait....
And immediately after, one of the 3 band members left the group. Coincidence?



Maybe I shouldn't be winking, there's a likelihood that is in fact one of the reasons he's gone.
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oh, then i don't know any other details, other than that it's good.

You're no dang help, are ya?
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Maybe I shouldn't be winking, there's a likelihood that is in fact one of the reasons he's gone.
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I've liked these guys for a long time. Hopefully this album's as good as the first two.
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I really like it so far- good mix of poppy and epic, I'm not too familiar with their older albums, just the Beatles songs they did with Bono. I happened to stumble across Benjamin Curtis's new band http://www.myspace.com/schoolofsevenbells
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The record, Secret Machines, comes out on October 14, 2008, in North America. Not sure about "overseas" releases.

It's far better than the 2/3 cringe-inducing Ten Leaden Drops and sounds more like the first record, Now Here Is Nowhere, which makes a person like me, who's been a fan since long before that first LP even came out, quite happy.

Still, the record is not great; it's instead pretty good. The opening track, "Atomic Heels," overcomes a stupidly bad, vintage Secret Machines title to be probably the strongest track on the record, and "The Walls Are Starting To Crack," I think, even features a sound collage of sorts. It is a slight progression for a band which clearly doesn't want to go anywhere, and for whom that's clearly not the worst thing in the world.

I am stunned, after several listens, at how Ben Curtis's departure had absolutely no audible impact on the band. Fucking weird. Like, this sounds like the exact same band...quite a shock for me, as I'd expected a wordless record of 15-minute, going-nowhere, psych-prog wank-a-thons to put "Daddy's In The Doldrums" to shame. A pleasant surprise, for sure; there are some vaguely jammy spots on the record, but they're rarely directionless. Some trimming could be done, sure (just like on nearly any record), but I'm not hearing anything at all crippling. The band is showing restraint and a firm grasp of how to build and release tension. Solid.

Oh, but I still really miss that old, soul-crushing drum sound. Nowhere to be found at the same levels as on the first record. Jesus, do I ever miss that throb...
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I am stunned, after several listens, at how Ben Curtis's departure had absolutely no audible impact on the band. Fucking weird. Like, this sounds like the exact same band...quite a shock for me
This is extremely good news.
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