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James Joyce references in your pop music.
on 25 October 2005
The album does rock, there's no denying that the guys can put together a catchy tune. If you like their other albums then this should rate highly with you. I certainly wouldn't call it a terrible album, however...
The opening track to this album is Randy Describes Eternity; the lyrics from this track are reminiscent of the images used by a priest to illustrate eternity in the book A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. I think that sums up the lyrics on this album for me. I love Joyce, but I don't want references to him in the music I listen to. I think that too often Built to Spill have a cultured and well thought out point to make and unfortunately this makes the album seem pretentious. This is the problem I have with Built to Spill in general though. The name itself (I assume) is a kind of existential point: Man is built to spill, we are never satisfied or we are never 'nothing more than' the situation we are in. So we always overcome it or over flow from it. That's all very clever, but do you really want to listen to a band that's got an existential point to make?