11 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seasoned veterans of the indie scene, Built To Spill’s seventh studio album is as textured and sprawling as any of their best work, and that’s no easy feat after 17 years as a band. There Is No Enemy is surprisingly full of fresh ideas (shiny trumpets! willowy strings!), so don’t let the first track, “Aisle 13,” fool you. While it’s a neat and tidy BTS song that delivers the goods, it doesn’t offer anything really new — the song’s wallop would be felt more viscerally following, say, the mildly twangy “Hindsight” or the darkly beautiful “Nowhere Lullaby.” The somber strings on the latter and the slide guitar on the former make clear that this band is not resting on its laurels. Other highlights include the soaring “Good Ol’ Boredom," the bitter and raging “Pat,” the Neil Young/Crazy Horse-inspired howl of “Oh Yeah,” and the lulling and ruminative “Done.” As the set winds down, one gets the feeling There Is No Enemy is an expression, to some degree, of regret, or loss ... or resignation. Maybe the bright side is that great music can come from an early mid-life crisis.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seasoned veterans of the indie scene, Built To Spill’s seventh studio album is as textured and sprawling as any of their best work, and that’s no easy feat after 17 years as a band. There Is No Enemy is surprisingly full of fresh ideas (shiny trumpets! willowy strings!), so don’t let the first track, “Aisle 13,” fool you. While it’s a neat and tidy BTS song that delivers the goods, it doesn’t offer anything really new — the song’s wallop would be felt more viscerally following, say, the mildly twangy “Hindsight” or the darkly beautiful “Nowhere Lullaby.” The somber strings on the latter and the slide guitar on the former make clear that this band is not resting on its laurels. Other highlights include the soaring “Good Ol’ Boredom," the bitter and raging “Pat,” the Neil Young/Crazy Horse-inspired howl of “Oh Yeah,” and the lulling and ruminative “Done.” As the set winds down, one gets the feeling There Is No Enemy is an expression, to some degree, of regret, or loss ... or resignation. Maybe the bright side is that great music can come from an early mid-life crisis.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Ugly Mushroom ,

If you enjoyed You In Reverse...

You will go crazy for this album. If you are strictly a fan of Perfect From Now On and There's Nothing Wrong With Love, you may not be too crazy about this album. I would still suggest buying "Done" and "Aisle 13".

Chuck V.B. ,

Amazing!!!

Unbelievable!! I was so excited when I heard they were releasing another album. This album is classic B.T.S. Great long riffs, and even better lyrics as usual. Doug Martsch is a genius.
Life long fan, Chuck

Jigaton ,

Worth much more then the asking price

Back in full-form! The new album is welcomed addition to an already incredible library. BTS remains true over time where so many bands falter with age. Though I love 'You in Reverse', I was left worried that they may never again put out an album as solid and complete as previous work. I am worried no more. There Is No Enemy sits proudly in my top 3 favorite releases (along with Keep It Like A Secret & There's Nothing Wrong With Love). As a long time, loyal fan - I thank Doug for what he's put into this album and what his music has been in my life. If you're reading this review because you're unsure about a purchase, don't be. BUY THIS ALBUM!

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