Saturday, May 3, 2008

Built to Spill - You in Reverse (2006)

"When I was a kid I saw a light
floating high above the trees one night
thought it was an alien
turned out to be just god."

The force which propels the listener on this record is ignited from the first guitar riff on the opener, "Going Against Your Mind". The nine minute beast gets you shaking. The instrumentals have inertia from the onset and remain captivating through all the peaks and troughs of the record. The five year pause in recording was clearly spent constructing a silo to launch all the emotional stock and creative surplus gathered during the time off. Both the terrestrial grit and the oceanic isolation of Built to Spill's You in Reverse make one feel at home and familiar throughout the record. Expectations of a five year hiatus can be difficult to meet, especially in a rapidly changing musical world (internet sharing), but that was apparently no factor in the return of these Idahoans. Nothing is ever feigned: It's real. Bands like Built to Spill separate America's rock from the rest of the world. Dig it.


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