Fragile Figures

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With Xander Bourgeois out and Aaron Melzer in as lead/clean vocalist, there's little doubt that San Diego post-hardcore group Secrets are quite different on their sophomore release, but there's still that same angst and anger driving the lyrics, and the band are as tight as ever. Give A Day to Remember producer Tom Denney some credit for the tightness as well, and Fragile Figures sounds incredibly sharp and crisp, and yet fat enough to fuel the stately swell that Secrets often employ during their majestic choruses. Guitars crunch under heavy compression while unclean vocals roar out their woes, but breakup music rarely comes in such a mighty package, and you can check "Maybe Next May" (great), "Live Together, Die Alone" (even better), and "Ready for Repair" (endgame) for the proof.

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