August 17, 2016

Built To Spill - Perfect From Now On (1997)


Perfect From Now On is quite the sentimental 90s rock album. The whiny, sulking voice of Doug Martsch paired with slightly overwritten and melancholy lyrics creates a lovely emotional ride. Built To Spill takes some influence from some of my favorite slowcore legends--Galaxie 500 and Codeine--with the syrupy guitar chugging and dynamic drumming. Perfect From Now On is so much more than just some slowcore influence, however. At times the band appears to be the United States' answer for Radiohead (if Thom Yorke did the vocals and lyrics for I Would Hurt A Fly, it would seamlessly fit on The Bends). There are a few grunge echoes on here, but they aren't overpowering unless you want them to be. It took me a few listens for sure, but I really enjoy Martsch's voice; the same way that I like the guy from Galaxie 500. Between Built To Spill, Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, Galaxie 500, and others, it seems like imitating Neil Young was quite the thing to do if you were an alternative rock singer in the 80s and 90s. Perfect From Now takes elements from genres that I've largely passed on up until now (grunge, post-rock, and even britpop) and mixes it with shit I'm absolutely crazy about (lo-fi, noise rock, and power pop), for one dope album.

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Perfect From Now On