Built To Spill - There Is No Enemy
When it comes to making his guitar sing Built To Spill's Doug Martsch may be second only to J. Mascis in the indie world. He does nothing but solidify that reputation as the Boise band returns with their seventh proper album There Is No Enemy.
The album, the band's first since 2006's You In Reverse, holds few surprises for long time fans. Skyscraping riffs are built on a solid foundation of rock. Martsch provides no shortage of memorable, complex riffs that give tracks like "Planting Seeds" and epic feeling.
What's shocking is the ease with which Martsch seems to be able to deliver these guitar parts. Whether it's an anthem like "Good Ol' Boredom", a turbo-charged rocker like "Pat", or a stylish, reverb-heavy cut like "Aisle 13", Built To Spill appear to do it effortlessly.
That sense can be a double-edged sword. When a track such as the plodding "Things Fall Apart" or the lacklustre "Nowhere Lullaby" come around they sound extra dull in comparison.
Thankfully, those instances are few and far between on There Is No Enemy. The album should serve as a solid introduction to Built To Spill for new fans as well as putting a smile on the face of the converted.
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on 2010-08-30 Dustinss5 Said:
My favorite album from them yet. I'm happy with what they've done with their sound. I'm sure after a listen everyone willl eagerly hunt down more from them.
on 2009-11-20 dscanland Said:
I agree with your review. This is as good a place to jump into the music that is Built To Spill as any. Check it out. A good, solid album.
on 2009-11-05 hstisgod Said:
Good review, I've been enjoyingthis as well!