Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Secret & Whisper: Teenage Fantasy


“This album is more united than our previous work. We have different moods throughout but it works better as a whole. Of course we’re outdated because we still have the mentality of making an album when most kids now just care about a song.”

Secret & Whisper's follow up to 2008's Great White Whale could not be summed up better. Take 1 part technical guitar work, 1 part high pitched vocals, and 2 parts Lord of the Rings inspired wonder, and you get the bands vision of Teenage Fantasy. The lyrics are meant to tell the story of vocalist Charles Furney's teen years, but in a more fantasy fictional world. The album doesn't move to much from the debut's sound, but the songs like the instrumental "Pretty Snarl" and softer "Tiny Sparkle" find the band experimenting outside their bubble a little more. Opening very quickly with the track "Youth Cats" the songs stay consistently fast paced, and in your face. The harmonic dual guitar riffs and chords create a very beautiful atmosphere, and the heavy to soft then heavy drumming keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the album. In whole, Secret and Whisper is everything Saosin wanted to be, but couldn't achieve.

Vocals: 7/10
Lyrics: 5/10
Music: 8/10
Overall: 8/10

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