|Album Rating: B|
Secular retains the same emo/indie garage feel of its predescessor, while making a few key changes. First off, the production is improved ten-fold. Sure it may not be a "raw and edgy," but it sounds much cleaner and much more refreshing. The instrumentation is crisper, with the guitars having the loopy and twinkly effect that's become so popular within the genre. But the biggest change comes in the form of the band's musical direction. No longer do they plow through a piece with rapid speed. Instead, songs like "Secular" and "Accept Decline" have a very deliberate pace. The interesting guitar lines are incredibly easy to hear, as their clean tones give rise to some truly impressive segments. The vocals have changed greatly as well, as the screams and yells have all but completely disappeared, taking just about every "screamo" influence with them. It's very refreshing to hear how well this transition in sound paid off, with the band feeling more creatively energetic than ever.
Quiet Steps' sophomore debut is simply wonderful, and the definition of a perfect sophomore album. The band has improved what made their debut so impressive, and expanded their sound in the process. While some may be put off by the band embracing their more indie sensibilities, it's difficult to deny that the shift hasn't paid off in spades. Secular is the sound of a band comfortable with who they are and what they're doing, and you owe it to yourself and them to check this out.
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2. Thin Ice
3. Strike 3
7. Accept Decline
8. Finding Evidence