CD review: Built To Spill, There Is No Enemy

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Luckily, with this collection of college radio-friendly songs, the group has a chance to crack the top 50 of the Billboard charts – especially on tracks like the short and sweet “Hindsight," and “Good Ol’ Boredom,” which has the inherent catchiness of backcatalog BTS songs.


Tracks average about five minutes on the 11-song, 55-minute album, though “Pat” lasts barely two-and-a-half minutes while another, “Tomorrow," clocks in at nearly eight. “Pat” acknowledges the past and is an obvious nod to Treepeople, Martsch’s old band that influenced such modern acts like Death Cab for Cutie and Modest Mouse. The track’s fast-paced, punk rock style contrasts well with an album full of guitar noodling. Fittingly, “Tomorrow” closes There Is No Enemy with a two-minute guitar solo.


Captain Martsch has successfully navigated through the dark teeming waters of alt-rock with There Is No Enemy and produced yet another solid work, demonstrating what Built to Spill fans have come to love most about the band and why they keep coming back for more. (Out October 6 on Warner Bros./Reprise)


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Doug Martsch – lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist of Built To Spill – helms There Is No Enemy as skillfully as previous albums.

The new album, the band’s seventh and first since 2006’s You In Reverse, continues the Built To Spill tradition of producing catchy, guitar-driven alt rock composed of fractured melodies and plenty of guitar solos.

People who complain that the band is too obtuse find evidence in There Is No Enemy with verses like “One day I / Come home to find / Covered with ants / ’Cause you’re so sweet.” Martsch is above making sense – or even using correct grammar, apparently. But it's not really important because fans cherish Built to Spill more for their guitar skills than their sparkling lyrics.

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