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Most Secret Method
Our Success
Superbad Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
This album starts of strong. And I mean, like panda strong. When the first track opens up, before the guitars really come in, you can almost picture Geoff Farina stepping up to the microphone and crooning "That shit's for beginners" in your mind. There are fourteen tracks on Our Success and each one of them demonstrates in a different way how fitting the album's title really is. Most Secret Method flash a full deck of cards on this album, from the more inspired post-rockers like the opener to the more scalding post-punkers like "Idols". That Most Secret Method are from Washington DC won't come as much of a shock after being jostled around by this album, because what they really do represent is all the great elements of that scene into one tight package. The bare-bones setup of trap kit, standup bass and a Gibson SG would leave most bands struggling for intensity in their sound, but Most Secret Method really do blast off with a rocket strapped to their collective ass. That Most Secret Method have been around for a while (formed in mid 1996) is evident in the sensational hard rocking tracks like the very Burning Airlines-y "Charlotte Corday and The Whales", a song that grabs on early and doesn't let go until you're last gasp is expelled and you're up to your eyes in it, suffocating. As it releases, the snare cadence fades out and you float into "Spill More Blood".

The most interesting part of Our Success is that it was recorded in spurts over a three year period at several different studios and venues in DC, and the diversity of the actual recording of the tracks gives the album a spice and personality that is very rare on albums. The live tracks are discernable as being recorded live, but they're not really any more raw than the studio material. Couple the quirky recordings, the powerful and honest songs, and the attractive full-color illustrated artwork, and Our Success is a success for everyone.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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