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BUILT TO SPILL - Keep It Like A Secret LP
In short, Built to Spill — Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson and drummer Scott Plouf — make big music out of everyday mess. "Center of the Universe" is a strong narcissism-and-self-pity cocktail ("I heard what I said to you/Thought it was all understood") — until the chorus, all power chords and elephantine stomp, blows all that sour juice out of the way. Martsch, Nelson and Plouf maintain a creamy-pop poise through most of "Carry the Zero," playing an incongruously lustrous shuffle (part Luna, part Smiths) against Martsch's snaps of cold regret and nervously wordy gibes ("And you're so occupied with what other persons are occupied with/And vice versa"). Then Martsch pulls back from the mike, turns up the amps and loses himself, gloriously, in a noisy guitar chorale that somehow combines the orchestral density of Jimi Hendrix with the brittle immediacy of Wire.