I know that imitation is flattering, but in music, it often produces putrid albums. Anyone with any self-respect would rather spin the real deal and use the imitations for coasters. But 10 seconds into What We Do Is Secret, it's clear that these East Coasters do the Modest Mouse/Pavement/Built to Spill thing almost better than the originals. What keeps them from being mere rip-offs is their passion for their music, which has that quirky, frenetic quality behind the fragile, sensitive vocal delivery that makes Modest Mouse so endearing. Nearly every song threatens to self-implode, but the Burdocks know how to build the drama, and just when you think there's no way they'll pull it off, they turn on a dime and go all melodic and meaningful on your ass.