Really good album for Marsh, with the song "done" that according to my opinion is at the highest levels expressed by built to spill. However the album as a whole is undoubtely not at the level of Perfect from now and Keep it like a secret, gems of the ninenties. But it's probably impossible and for a costant listener of Built to spill I'm satisfied of the music that "there is no enemy" has to offer.
Layered guitars, indie jamming with added strings & synths, and a renewed emotional urgency are the hallmarks of this rather grand record. Its a sort of US proggy pop with songs that are mainly quirky sweet ditties. Features Jellyfish founder Roger Manning on keys which simply has to be a good thing whenever you say it. Planting Seeds blasts off like a classic Neil Young track and is one of the best tracks on the album. Nice melody, chiming guitars and strong chorus. Things Fall Apart (another highlight) by contrast is a gorgeous ballad that builds to a mid section which finds room for both a trumpet and guitar. Splendid.
I've loved Built to Spill ever since "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" but I felt that their last couple of releases had been a little meandering and directionless. Not so with this, it's a blistering return to form and stands up well against their aforementioned classic. This was one of my albums of the year last year and it's still getting more than its fair share of stereo play this year. A great album.
I found the second half of the album excellent. Of the first half of songs, the first 2 are excellent (Hindsight is hit single material) but next 3 dragged a little. No big surprises for fans, but you will not be disappointed.
Would love to hear these songs live - especially the closer, Tomorrow. Bizarrely I saw BTS during a tour at the time of the album's release and they only played one song from this set - Hindsight.