The Secret Machines

    The Road Leads Where It’s Led EP


    This is proof that the cover song is not dead. With its EP for “The Road Leads Where It’s Led” (off 2004’s dominating self-titled debut), the Secret Machines, a three-piece from Texas via New York City, give fans much more than simply something to tide them over. Mature interpretations of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” and “Money (That’s What I Want”), which the Beatles popularized, show a band putting its own spin on revered classics.


    Slowed down to a multi-layered Floyd/Zeppelin crawl, “Money” is transformed from a three-minute pop to a nine-minute trance. “Better Bring Your Friends,” a new Secret Machines song, is a solid indication of the next album’s success, but the highlight is Bob Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country,” where the drums drop out and guitarists/singer Ben Curtis and his keyboardist/bassist/singer brother Brandon build such a riveting, textured fury over nine minutes that every drawn-out chord change and climactic build becomes distinctively their own.

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