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Ancient Melodies of the Future [Import]

Built to Spill Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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3. In Your Mind
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6. Happiness
7. Don't Try
8. You Are
9. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
10. The Weather

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With a band like Built to Spill, the key to success is to chart a course through the future that mirrors the past. Built to Spill may be on a major label, but its linchpin, front man Doug Martsch, still writes all song parts himself and has a large hand in every album's production from start to finish. Martsch assembles the players--drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson--to take their parts in the studio and on tour, but he still holds all the musical cards. As a result, the Boise, Idaho-based trio sounds pretty much the same on Ancient Melodies of the Future as it did on 1997's Perfect from Now On and 1999's Keep It Like a Secret. That said, though, why change a winning formula? Martsch's mix of wry humor, Neil Young-influenced rock, and soaring indie-pop ballads has garnered him a Guided by Voices-like cult following that this album is in no danger of turning away. "In Your Mind" is the standout track, with Martsch's fitting assertion that "No one can tell me to listen / No one can tell me what's right / because nobody has my permission / and no one can see in your mind." The other tracks are tried and true BTS fare, bending guitar effects around straight-ahead rock ("Trimmed and Burning") or layering warm melodies atop Martsch's elliptical lyrics. Indie-rock fans looking for something wildly divergent or refreshingly different won't find either on Ancient Melodies, but those looking for a linear extension of BTS's past works should find a happy resistance to change in this latest release. --Jennifer Maerz

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One of the most critically acclaimed and respected of alt-rock bands, Built To spill continues its assault on the mainstream with Ancient Melodies Of The Future. Led by influential indie hero Doug Martsch, the band's sixth album lays down a dense sonic pop that rockets Built To Spill into the future.

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5.0 out of 5 stars BTS Virgin -- Only Way to Go is Up June 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my first Built to Spill experience and I found this album to be fantastic. I've only read a few reviews just now but it seemed like there was a bit of disappointment? Maybe that's all I happened to read...I'm just excited because if that's the case, then to think that BTS' other albums contain work superior to this is absolutely mindblowing. I treasure this album and cannot wait to be "educated" by their other cds. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a departure - but it's still quality April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
Doug Martsch and Built to Spill turn down the guitar heroics a notch. However, the songwriting and sonic pallete and even better than before. "In Your Mind" is my personal favorite, with the different sounds going on in the mix.
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2.0 out of 5 stars could be better April 2 2003
Format:Audio CD
i see that many reviewers like this band and this album. i am not one of them. i thought the songs all sounded the same. the songs were weak and unoriginal. there is music that you listen to and instantly i am up alive and kicking. the music just hits you and wakes you up from inside out. this is NOT BTS. there are bands that you listen to and maybe you dont like them, first time around but you dont not like them either. they grow on you listen after listen. this COULD BE BTS but it is not.
the songs are weak, badly written and mundane. there is nothing original or unique here. im sorry kids, but BTS are not the greatest band in amercia right now. (there is no greatest band. any band i give, someone will argue that ___ is better)
my take is to seek greener pastures elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meandering and Beautiful June 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I have to say this might be my favorite BTS so far. BTS is growing up, just like Doug is growing up. This isn't early 20's treepeople any more. There are songs that meander in and out of consciousness, like "You Are", only to be followed up by an upbeat tempo changing POP number, "fly around my pretty litle Miss". It's very creative, like what we expect from BTS, and has a lot of Soul. I just can't believe I waited this long to pick it up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a shame... May 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
... that people review this after 1 or 2 listens. The melodies on this album are great - very distilled from normal BTS - but great. The flying guitars are not present here, and as such, it lacks what I used to think was that essential BTS-ness. But the songs do make you want to hum along. Treat it like a B-sides album. A very good one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars after awhile it hurts to smile... April 27 2002
Format:Audio CD
After a great run AMOTF comes as a big disappointment. Since I bought this when it was released it hardly ever hits my CD player. It lacks the complicated lush style of Perfect From Now On, the simple sharp pop melodies of Secret, the honest simplicity of Love and the aggresive sharp edge of Wavers or the Normal Years.
That's not to say it's without merit, but when the only track I can remember the name of (and the only song I play frequently and the only melody I remember) is the excellent uptempo "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" you know you're in trouble.
I would comment on the music, lyrics, vocals and guitar acrobatics of Doug Martsch but to be honest I can't really remember them. Which sadly, is the disappointing truth and which sums up the album. it's just too easily forgettable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Farewell April 10 2002
Format:Audio CD
Remember the part in the John Cusack movie <I>High Fidelity<I> where Cusack puts on that 'Beta Band' CD to a head-bobbing reaction from the customers? Well if you got the point of that scene, then you'll hate the new Built to Spill CD, like most who enjoy quality music should. But if you're in that majority who actually thought the scene showcased a great tune, then you'll love this recording, and you have our sympathy. Glam-rock band Built to Spill's latest CD 'Ancient Melodies of the Future' represents what happens all too often in the music industry: a band starts off at an independent record label, gains a fan base then sell-out to a big record label, proceed to write five songs in a couple months and use five B-sides to make up a forty-minute record, release it, sell a million copies but it turns out to be amazingly bad, but who cares as long as the band and the record label make money, right? But getting back to the actual album, Built to Spill's latest offering has virtually nothing at all that's enjoyable, or even thought provoking. Every song on the CD sounds the same as the previous one, making it feel like its just one overlong tune, not one song on the whole CD sounds original at all. The enormously dull "You are" shows this extremely well with its lyrics "Everybody/Everybody/Everybody Knows/Everybody Knows/Everybody Knows That/Everybody Knows That" which just drags on and on for four minutes. The band steals from great groups like Radiohead and Oasis, trying to recreate their tunes, but only accomplish falling flat on their face and failing miserably. However, the album is redeemed with "Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss" which goes back to their original glam-rock roots that made them so great in the beginning, and showcases what they could've been. This is where we say farewell to the great independent band named Built to Spill, and welcome in the tedious, repetitive sell-out band by the same name.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Doug, how great thou art! Dec 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
The latest installment in the BTS catalog make me think of..Hmm..well, the rest of the catalog. Now, this is a good thing. Nothing wrong with keeping a good thing going. However, I can't say that the songs match up to most of those on "Keep it like a Secret" or the great arrangments and musical savoy on "Perfect from now on".
Now, that's not to say that this album doesn't have it's moments of greatness. And it's great to see that Built to Spill is as sharp as ever.
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