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Artist: BUILT TO SPILL
Title: PERFECT FROM NOW ON
Street Release Date: 01/28/1997
Built to Spill's three previous indie releases (on C/Z, Up, and K) established a new pop standard, born from lo-fi experimentation, carefully crafted hooks, plaintive vocals, and brilliant, snaky guitar lines. For their major label debut, Perfect from Now On, frontman Doug Martsch, who leads a revolving cast of musicians, has created his most ambitious album to date. Gone are the compact, simple ditties that characterized the band's recent recordings, replaced by the kind of longer epics that typified its C/Z debut, Ultimate Alternative Wavers. The songs--some clocking in at eight or nine minutes in length--combine the laidback intensity of Pink Floyd and Neil Young with a Beatles-meet-Pavement modern, pop aesthetic. It's at once dreamy, spooky, and spine-tingling and if there's any truly unexplored territory in rock music, you can be sure Built to Spill are in the vanguard. --Adem Tepedelen
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For those unfamiliar with BTS or this album: the song structures are fairly complex and often rather long. The instrumental harmonies are built on layers of counter melodies. The comparatively rough vocals and lyrical composition are what make BTS sound "indie"--with a different vocalist and lyricist, it'd be close to late 70's southern rock. As-is, there is nothing sentimental or cheesy about BTS--their particular blend comes off as fresh (even many years later) and sincere with a little bit of jammy-ness without being off-putting to people like me that can't sit through a Phish song (for example).
I've bought this album in 3 different forms throughout the years--it really is a modern classic.
I have heard a lot of music where I've wondered to myself, "Wow! how in the world did this sound climb to such an impossible place?" These are bands like Phish, The Grateful Dead, Moe, Percy Hill, Blind Man's Sun, Medeski Martin & Wood, or even Jimmy Hendrix. Although delightful to my hear, these artists always seem to leave me feeling empty inside, with no long-lasting feeling of satisfaction from the music.
I have also heard a lot of music where I've wondered to myself, "Wow! How in the world did these lyrics climb to such an impossible place?" These are artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Freedy Johnston, and Lou Reed, just to name a few. Although these artists always seem to have a message with each of their songs, precious few of these songs actually had an impressive quality of sound as well.
"Perfect From Now On" is that unbelievably rare album that climbs to the highest peaks of your soul, both musically AND lyrically. At at least one point in every song, I wonder to myself, "Wow! How in the world is this happening? How did the song come to this point? How did they get here? It is IMPOSSIBLE for music to hit home like this. THIS is how I feel. THIS is what I've been afraid to talk about. THIS is it. I'm home." Then the song is over, and the next journey starts.
Each of the eight songs on this album is a dynamic blend of wailing guitars, unique bass lines, and progressive rythms. At the same time, each song produces deep emotion, and a profound message about human existence.
I just went to see BTS for the first time in NYC last weekend. Folks.........they are the REAL DEAL! No frills, no gimmicks, and no crap. Just a band that really cares about their music, and the impact it has on their audience. A rarity nowadays, to say the least.
Just for camparison's sake, here are the only albums I've ever heard that can even hold a candle to "Perfect From Now On":
(Again, this is only my opinion.)
"Animals, Darkside of the Moon" - Pink Floyd
"OK Computer, The Bends" - Radiohead
"Revolver, Rubber Soul" - The Beatles
"Keep it Like a Secret" - Built to Spill
(yes, they have another beauty)
Yes, these are LONG songs, approaching times between 5 and 9 minutes each. This release reminds me a bit of Neutral Milk Hotel. PERFECT FROM NOW ON is filled with colorful rawness, a beautiful mess.
While their next album "Keep It Like A Secret" is catchier, shorter and poppy.
At this time(1997) the band consists of Doug Martsch: singer/guitarist - his vocals are farther ranging, more matured & more exquisite then on "There's Nothing Wrong With Love," Along w/ band -also adding MORE muscle, depth & volume; takes it's listener on a real experience of adventure
Brett Netson: bass & guitar; and drummer Scott Plouf.
Built to Spill is one of the more important talented bands that more people need to hear. Constantly changing styles and band members w/ each release. And this is their most creative, mesmerizing, most psychadelic sound put out by them. Favorite song: "Kicked It In the Sun." - I also LOVE opener: "Randy Described Eternity" - "I Would Hurt A Fly" - "Velvet Waltz" - "Untrustable/Part 2."
To me this is close to PERFECTION and my Favorite Built to Spill record so far as of 2007. 5 stars!