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  • Audio CD (28 Jan. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B000002NC4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Randy Described Eternity
2. I Would Hurt A Fly
3. Stop The Show
4. Made-Up Dreams
5. Velvet Waltz
6. Out Of Site
7. Kicked It In The Sun
8. Untrustable

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Built To Spill's third album, Perfect From Now On, was the one that broke the back of Doug Martsch--to all intents and purposes, the man that is Built To Spill--over the knee of the music industry. After an ill-fated tour with the Foo Fighters, which proved that the pierced hordes of the post-grunge generation don't take easily to the subtleties of warm psychedelia, sun-flecked harmony and songs with 'cellos, he gave up on the spirit-crushing world tours, the bland press interviews and the brainless meet and greet merry-go-round. Martsch is alt-rock's Brian Wilson--and that's no fatuous comparison, in the face of the incandescent six-minute rock & roll ceremony of opener "Randy Describes Eternity", or the tirelessly inventive lo-fi psychedelic garage-rock of "Made Up Dreams". Perfect From Now On is an obvious precursor to the modern-day Great American Psychedelic Rock records: the Flaming Lips' The Soft Bulletin, Grandaddy's The Sophtware Slump or Mercury Rev's Deserter's Songs. --Louis Pattison

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blodwynswayze on 8 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Probably the last really great BTS album, PFNO features none of the concise indie-pop numbers that made "there's nothing wrong with love" such a joy. Instead many songs build into great multi-segmented epics in true prog-fashion. The album is far more "produced" which suits the complex arrangements with a variety of classic keyboards, mellotron etc augmenting the guitars and cello of which there is less here. None of the songs have the messy feel of the earlier album and while none may quite hit the highs of TNWWL it also avoids its patchiness.

Opener "Rdndy Describes Eternity" simply builds on its initial refrain gradually piling on layer after layer of tremelo-mad guitar. "Made Up Dreams" starts with a high treble mixed acoustic guitar and vocal before the whole band swings in, an awesome moment. However it is the final two tracks that really kill it both of which launch into fantastic driving epic finales, and with the winsome lyric "we're special in other ways, ways our mothers appreciate" Doug manages to wear his heart on his sleeve and wink at the same time while his fantastic band roars around him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex on 28 Oct. 2008
Format: Audio CD
What is probably Built to Spills greatest album (just ahead of You In Reverse)is by no means an easy listen, but a rewarding one. The band give us just one song under the five minute mark, preferring instead to create multi layered and expansive guitar tracks. This is post-70s progressive rock at its best, deliciously self indulgent and spaced out. But all that of course means nothing unless the songs are strong and enjoyable, which they undoubtedly are. This is defiantly an album that needs close attention to be paid to it, but get into it and you will never stop listening.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seán on 25 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Built to Spill did a rare thing in using the opportunity of a major label début to make their most interesting album. Early promise for catchy melodies was shown on their previous work, but Perfect From Now On was beautiful in its ability to be epic without attempting to be overly anthemic, repetitive and clichéd.

Of the eight tracks, all are generous in melodic variation and although most clock in at well over 6 minutes, only the very longest track, 'Velvet Waltz', strains towards the end. Possibly the highlight within the album is 'I Would Hurt a Fly' although immediately following it is 'Stop the Show', which builts beautifully for a few minutes before vocals - almost certainly Doug Marsch's vocals are the weakest point of Built to Spill - kick in. It's climax is a short and dramatic riff towards the end which is repeated only a couple of times, but the brilliance of the guitar melody on offer here is exemplified by the fact that, personally speaking, I would happily listen to this for much, much longer. But Marsch knows, he has plenty more fantastic guitar riffs to offer.

Inevitably, Built to Spill's later albums didn't match this, even though the subsequent 'Keep It Like a Secret' is excellent, and perhaps 'Perfect From Now On' only rang true from the beginning to the end of this album. Still, that was accomplishment enough.
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By JB on 1 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
another amazing album from my favourite band. how come they are not better known? Every album of theirs is brilliant
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
When you consider the trauma that surrounded the making of this album, it's a miracle it came out at all - line up changes, best friends falling out, writers block, recording hassles. However, Doug n the boys came through and produced their finest album ever. This album sounds massive, each song a mini masterpiece falling somewhere between the smashing pumpkins, pavement and neil young. Whilst perhaps not as easily accessible as other bts lps, once you've got in to it you'll want to tell the world about the day Built to Spill entered your life...
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