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There Is No Enemy

Built To SpillAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 6, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,675 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

When making the new album There Is No Enemy, Doug literally lived in the studio working all day and night. He spent hours and hours laying down guitar tracks he realized he couldn't use since the first live takes had the best tone and feel. He had to undigitally remix the record. It has the sound and feel of the album that every Built To Spill fan has been anxiously awaiting.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Built to Spill - There Is No Enemy October 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There Is No Enemy is something of a return to form for a band that practically invented that form in the first place. Built to Spill's 90's albums pretty much set the standard for what indie rock could and should be: sprawling, elegant, aggressive. At the turn of the century, the band seemed to lose their way, producing a couple of decent albums in 2001 and 2006, but ultimately failing to achieve the sheer perfection that they did on their earlier works. Fortunately, it seems like Doug Martsch has found some new inspiration, because this is an excellent set of songs that sound like classic Built to Spill, with all the riffage and confounding lyrics that go with that.

The album on a whole is a really strong set of indie rockers, but one of my particular favorites is "Hindsight," which is something of a midtempo ballad that manages to cover a ton of ground in its mere three minutes and some seconds. I think it's safe to say that Built to Spill fans will love this record and the lack of indulgent sprawl that marred some of You In Reverse's best moments.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Album That Fits In With The Bands Work October 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I think most BTS fans will find 'There Is No Enemy' to be a decent but unspectacular album in the band's lineup. Its place in the band's heirarchy has more to do with BTS's consistently good output over the last 15 years than any serious shortcomings the album has.

In production quality, the album has a similar feel to 'You In Reverse' but it lacks some of the previous album's excess, and has a more laid back, melodic feel. Most of the songs sound as if they originated from Doug's pen first, with jams put around it instead of the other way around. Aside from minor instrumentation additions, there's nothing really new for BTS. The biggest difference is that Doug's lyrics seem more straight forward than in album's past, he sings openly about things like love and disappointment throughout most of the album.

For me the high points were the first 5 songs on the album and the closer 'Tomorrow', which I thought was very good. I was not elated when I first heard this album, but I'm not disappointed either. Built To Spill sounds like a band that has refined its sound into something unique and enjoyable, but has also taken it as far as it can go. I imagine I'll continue to enjoy the work of Built To Spill, but I will no longer be surprised by anything they do. As long as they continue on their current track, I'm okay with that.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great album October 18, 2009
Format:Audio CD
First, I love the album, I just deployed to Iraq, last month, so I just happened to be checking if there was anyhting new out from BTS, and sure enough there was! I began crying, and held my hands up to heaven, thanking god and all his glory. well it wasn't quite like that but I was pretty stoked. I downloaded it off our great internet connection that took me about an hour.
So far I've listened to it about 10 times and it seems to get better after every play through. "Things Fall Apart", and "Tomorow" are great tracks, so's "Boredom".Yes it sounds like typical BTS but it also sounds different, with little flourishes here and there, horns and what not.
Now as for the audio quality, I don't know if it's my computer, or my crap headphones, but if I turn it up to much, it starts to distort, I don't normally get this on other albums. I just ordered a new set of SONY V6 Studio Monitor headphones, so I'll see if it still happens on those. But I think it might have been mixed a little HOT. I ordered a copy on vinyl for my wife, and I'm going to test it against that when I go home on leave. for now I'll just enjoy what I got.
Bottom line, it's a good album, with great songs.
I got my new headphones, and it sounds perfect through them, So I would change my review to 5 stars but it won't let me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep Listening December 21, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I really enjoy this latest album by Built to Spill. There are some standout tracks on here. I listened to the album all the way through once, was fairly impressed, but each time after I find different nuances and notes that impress me even more. That's why BTS is special for me; no other band is so layered and complex yet simple and elegant. I know other reviews are quick to point out that other BTS albums are superior. In my opinion, the 3 record run in 1990's (There's Nothing Wrong with Love, Perfect From Now On, and Keep it Like a Secret) is the most impressive run in that era outside of Nirvana. Those albums were THAT great, and could be played without skipping a track on any of them. On this album, there's only 2 songs that don't move me (Oh Yeah and Good Ol Boredom). For me, the standout tracks are Hindsight, Pat, and Tomorrow. In an era of no one really making CD's anymore, that's quite a feat, and it is why I rank this one the 4th best in Built to Spill's catalog (in that regard it's 4 stars). But this is only for someone who is looking to compare between BTS' previous work. When you compare this to any other "rock" music out there, or the garbage that is popular, this is head and shoulders better than anything else being made today(hence, the 5 stars I give it). I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality album to play without having to skip tracks or just listen to 3 songs and switch it. I guess that's why BTS is my favorite band. Doug M understands that there are still fans and people who appreciate excellent written songs, well constructed music, and heart and soul. Every time my faith in music is tested, Built to Spill makes a record, and I believe again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome album by one of the all time great bands
Just as good as any Built to Spill album. Highly recommended for anyone who likes Built to Spill or good music in general.
Published 8 months ago by radishes
5.0 out of 5 stars Built to Spill
It's built to spill; what more do you need to know? This word minimum for descriptions of ratings is completely backwards. If I want to just click a star I should be allowed to.
Published 22 months ago by Micaiah T Shultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best
Others say this isn't their best, but I disagree. TINE is perfect from beginning to end. There are no weak songs or songs I want to skip (unlike most of their other releases). Read more
Published on January 26, 2011 by Al Case
5.0 out of 5 stars Great as always
I'll start off admitting that I'm a huge Built To Spill fan, so expect some bias. That being said, I really loved this album. Read more
Published on April 25, 2010 by D. Schonberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Best production, great maturity!
I stumbled across Built to Spill years and years ago on college radio right when they were releasing Ultimate alt Waivers. Read more
Published on March 26, 2010 by J. Stilwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Morning Comes In Freight Ships
The downfall of attempting a review of bands like Built to Spill is the fact that true greatness in American rock often resides in that band of excellence that avoids the mass... Read more
Published on March 10, 2010 by state
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than most of their previous work
Contrary to what seems to be the prevailing view, I think this album is better than most of Built to Spill's previous work. Read more
Published on December 4, 2009 by B. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Best BTS album since Keep It Like A Secret!
I think most BTS fans would agree that although Ancient Melodies and You In Reverse each had their stand-out moments (Strange, Weather, Goin' Against Your Mind) the albums didn't... Read more
Published on December 3, 2009 by AndrewS
4.0 out of 5 stars A long break but who cares
Great album; if you love the band you will appreciate this album and those unfamiliar will most likely enjoy it. Read more
Published on November 30, 2009 by Bart Arntz
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing return
Having been a fan of Built to Spill for about 10 years now, I couldn't wait to get this album when I heard it was released. Read more
Published on November 19, 2009 by IndieOz
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