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3.43 | 37 ratings | 4 reviews | 27% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Secret Song (6:48)

Total Time 6:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Recorded by the same line-up that recorded Bath/Leaving Your Body Map.

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Single, Band released

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MAUDLIN OF THE WELL Secret Song ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(27%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
Good, but non-essential (38%)
Collectors/fans only (3%)
Poor. Only for completionists (5%)

MAUDLIN OF THE WELL Secret Song reviews

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Review by Trickster F.
3 stars The key to revealing the secret that lies behind Bath/Leaving Your Body Map...

Secret Song was a single released by the group themselves as a mini-CD, which they would give away at their concerts as a sample before they, unfotunately, broke up. It is a rarety to find this now, however, for our own good it is not one of the two bonus tracks on Leaving Your Body Map. This track was written by Toby Driver, maudlin of the Well's main songwriter and was supposedly played by the same line-up that recorded Bath/Leaving Your Body Map. It was also later stated that this song is the key to finding out the message of the two companion albums. Although I tried to "solve the mystery", pehaps with less effort that I wanted to, the message of the two albums seems uncertain to me even after hearing this Secret Song.

If it really does unlock a certain secret either musically or lyrically(or perhaps both), I can say that I definitely see why it is connected to maudlin of the Well's last two releases. The sound is very similar to the sound of Bath/Leaving Your Body Map, at times even sounding like it is borrowed from some of the tracks, but mostly contains some interesting details that seemed refreshing and new to me. This track starts as a spacey post-rock composition and doesn't last like that for more than twenty seconds - it quickly steps into the extreme side of the music motW's fans adore so much, with Byron's trademark growl, doomy drumming and a strong melodic line. The main riff of the track kicks in later, supported by whispering vocals and then more screams. The transition between the contraries, just like always, is done extremely well in motW's music, thus putting them above the rest of the Progressive Metal world. The song after the riff is most enjoyable and pleasing. It is a mixture of space rock and post-rock with acoustic guitars and Jason Bitner's trumpet work present. It creates a laid-back, cool atmosphere that is comforting in a way. Once it calms down for what seems to be an outro, things turn out completely differently and we are awarded with the return of the main riff, played furiously. That's where the track ends. What I always liked about maudlin of the Well's music is that it is always unpredictable without being too nonsensical or chaotic. These characterics would make it logical that this track would appear on either Bath or Leaving Your Body Map, however, it somehow didn't "fit", so it was seperate all the way. We do not know which musicians were involved in the recording process, however, it seems obvious that it was the B/LYBM line-up.

Secret Song should not be avoided or ignored by any fan of maudlin of the Well's music. It is truly unfortunate that a group as excellent as this only graced us with about three hours worth of listening material in their short career and would be a mistake to miss even this less than seven minute long gem. I will also add that this track can be used as a sample for people interested in getting into the group's music, as it represents their aesthetics rather well, although doesn't capture its diverse, immensely vast sound.

Review by Conor Fynes
3 stars 'Secret Song' - Maudlin Of The Well (Single)

Although only being a single song, 'Secret Song' definately covers a wide range of timbres, emotions, and textural sensibilities.

Being only a casual fan of Maudlin Of The Well (at the time of writing this; I'm sure that will change as soon as I find a copy of one of their albums) this song really makes me want to explore their music more. It starts out very spacy with acoustic guitar textures to lure the listener into a false sense of security, before exploding into a very noisy, yet organized metal array... The brilliance of Toby Driver's orchestration is that even despite the incredibly dense soundscape, one can still make out strong melodic undertones flowing just beneath the surface.

Towards the end of the song, the jazz influence comes in with some instrumentation trademark of the genre. After listening to a very heavy section, the jazz section comes as a beautiful contrast. That paired with a flowing clean guitar solo to top things off, makes for a very enjoyable, yet at times challenging musical experience.

I've listened to the song several times so far, and each time I find something new in it. Very good representation of the band's genius and work.

Review by progkidjoel
4 stars Maudlin Of The Well - Secret Song

Review by ProgKidJoel

Although only a single track, SECRET SONG should be taken seriously - Its a lovely track, which genuinely deserved to be released on its own. Transversing several beautiful riffs and sub-genres within its 7 minute length, this beautiful journey is an essential piece in the MAUDLIN OF THE WELL discography.

Opening with lovely acoustic guitar, this track eventuates into a great avant-garde metal track, featuring a catchy riff and true musicianship. This track is a true testament to MAUDLIN OF THE WELL's brilliance, and its hard to see why this was left off their full albums...

Eventually, we find a riff unlike those from TOOL, also featuring whispers similar to TOOL. This track feels incredibly grounded, yet chaotic and loose at the same time. With around 3 minutes left, soft trumpets play over softer guitars, which sound lovely in conjunction and are really a site for any space rock lover to behold. Continuing in a soft and comforting manner, SECRET SONG eventually closes in the same manner in which it started.

Another goody from Toby and the guys, this is a lovely track.

A fantastic, and necessary addition to the collection of any motW fan.

Enjoy, and pick it up when/if you can!


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3 stars "Secret Song" is a single that was released on mini-CD in 2001. The song was released with a hidden message, said to contain the link between the two albums "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map". The music is very much like a mixture of the music on "Bath" and "Leaving Your Body Map". There is ... (read more)

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