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The Secret Machines


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Released initially exclusive for iTunes in 2006, "Ten Silver Drops" is an excellent rock album ? both in terms of art and alternative rock. Some psychedelic oddities, shoegaze and even post-rock influenced sound and fantastic production makes here the hell of an album! No weak tracks here.

For the first time I've heard of this album from Roger Taylor's (of Queen) "must hear" recommendations list, and it initially interested me a lot. So I managed to listen through this record. From the very first listen, this album had a great impression on me. Here you'll find the great mixture of nice groovy sound, smart healthy experimentation and excellent catchy tunes.

The album starts with "Alone, Jealous and Stoned" track, which was one of the singles out from this album. A lot of tension, right groove from the very start and deep lyrics ? this is what you get here and on all over the rest record. A solid opening, though not the best song from the album overall, yet one of the most expermintal tracks here: psychedelic effects at the start and slow thoughtful sound overall makes.

"All At Once (It's Not Important)", like previous track, starts with slow effects, but fastly rolls into more mainstream-ish track. A neat track which was released on a single as well.

"Lightning Blue Eyes" is even more uptempo track which provides some catchy chorus tune. It was the first single from this album, and probably this is the most effective track here in terms of pop.

The fourth track, "Daddy In The Doldrums" is terrific work. Probably the best track here. It lasts more than 8 minutes and makes some great atmosphere with slow-yet-violent sound. It's better to hear it once than to read about it for ten times.

Second half of albums opens with "I Hate Pretending", another high-class pop song with remarkable melody and pretty original rhythm section.

Some solid bass work in "Faded Lines", beautiful slow melody in "I Want to Know", and, finally, the final track, "1,000 Seconds". Probably the most Floyd-ish track here. Great closer.

This album is highly recommended to fans of such a bands like Porcupine Tree, Mew, Blackfield, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, though I believe that any rock fan would enjoy it, because it's just an excellent music work, regardless of any genre labels.

Fascinating experience throughout. Excellent addition to any progressive rock music collection. 8/10

ole-the-first | 4/5 |


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