ALBUM REVIEW: Built To Spill – When The Wind Forgets Your Name | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 09.09.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

Built To Spill are a band who had a very clear idea of what they are about early on and explored the rich seam this has presented. One of the kindest things one could say about their tenth studio album, is that it immediately sounds like BTS. The tropes are in place, and Doug Martsch’s lyrical preoccupations are as naval gazing as they are star-gazing.

WTWFYN has a similar melancholic atmosphere to 2009’s career highlight There Is No Enemy; Fool’s Gold in particular has the dewy-eyed, country-tinged atmosphere that made that record so great. Never Alright is a bombastic meditation on the absurdities of life, and nine-minute closer Comes A Day twists and turns its way through the Crazy Horse playbox. Misnomer Rocksteady is a reasonably unexpected digression into minimal, funkier rock. Though, given that they’ve covered Up The Hill Backwards for years, it’s not an expected one. This record is unlikely to win the hearts of many uninitiated, but it’s a fine addition to the band’s catalogue.

 

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