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Perfect from Now on [Import, CD]

Built to Spill Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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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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Product Description

(2-LP set) 1997 release.


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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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Impatient July 13 2004
By J A W
Format:Audio CD
Anti-pop melodies. 6+ minute epics. Borderline violent transformations in mid-song that come out of nowhere. Sounds dubious, right?
Well, if you want to be grabbed into a song on first listen by simple pop vocal lines and clearly defined guitar riffs, this won't be for you. If you're looking for a little substance, this is definitely for you. Upon subsequent listenings, you will hear and appreciate the double helix-like guitar riffs, interweaving into each other and away from each other, the balance between the ethereal tenor voice of Doug and the throbbing guitars, you will hear it what it is: Music, Rock Music, done about as well as it can possibly be done. Innovative, challenging, complex.
Hurt a Fly is probably the most known song on the album, as it made rounds on college rock stations across the nation. The use of strings to back up Doug's speed riff harmonies at the end of the song is one of the most exciting pieces I've heard in rock. Stop the Show is probably my second favorite song, one that grows on you once the overlapping guitars sink in. Untrustable, which ends the album, is hypnotic and rewarding, an example of the album as a whole. This is one of those albums that you'll be listening to for years...if you are patient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album will seem perfect from now on... April 25 2004
By Moishe
Format:Audio CD
This album'll seem perfect starting noooowwww!
I bought this album two years ago because I had heard of BTS and because it had interesting song titles. Two years after buying the album, I know that this album better sums up the summer I bought it than anything else. This album is very easily BTS's best - it is the best written, the best mixed, and the most emotional of all their releases. The song's are all over 6 minutes, and the sound of the record is so cohesive that it's like traveling into your own heart when you listen to it. The more you listen to it, the more feeling the album conjures.
And I didn't get it at first. Now I've seen BTS live and I have some of their other releases (look at "Keep It Like a Secret", their second best) but "Perfect From Now On" is very easily one of the greatest albums I've ever heard in my lifetime, up there with "The Beatles" (White), "A Love Supreme", anything by Iron & Wine, or "Transatlanticism."
Doug's multi-layered guitars and cryptic but moving lyrics should speak for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Darker, Lengthier Built To Spill Jan. 31 2004
By Paul H.
Format:Audio CD
Perfect From Now On is sandwiched in-between two classic records of brilliantly quirky indie-pop, There Is Nothing Wrong With Love and Keep It Like A Secret. And Perfect From Now On couldn't sound further from those two records. On their major-label debut, BTS decided to release an LP of eight epic songs, many of them decidely dark and serious in tone. The record opens with the excellent "Randy Describes Eternity," a slow-building epic that represents a significant change in tone for the band. From there, the next two songs are in the same vein, except for their driving ending and mid-sections. "I Would Hurt A Fly" explodes mid-way through into an excellent guitar-workout by leader Doug Martsch while "Stop The Show" becomes an upbeat, though slightly foreboding, rocker mid-way through. Eventually, Built To Spill lighten the mood, yet continue the somber, emotional mood. "Velvet Waltz" is beyond excellent while "Out Of Site" and "Kicked It In The Sun" are drawn-out songs in a more familiar BTS aesthetic. If anything, Perfect From Now On may be Built To Spill's most "mature" effort, although the band has always had a firm grasp on their material. On Perfect, you won't find a "Car," "In The Morning," "You Were Right," or "Sidewalk." But what you will find is one of their strongest full-length works. Not the best place for those new to BTS to start (I'd recommend There Is Nothing Wrong... or Keep It Like A Secret for starters), Perfect... is an essential for anyone who even remotely likes Built To Spill. It will surprise you, in a very good way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars HI again Sept. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
I've already filled out a review, but this one is more divergent. Deservedly this album attain a completely 5 star status. I just want to say i recently saw Built to Spill for like the 7th time live, but this time they played 4 new songs! ANd let me tell you; each of these songs reached if not surpassed the genius found in PFNO. THeir last song lasted some 10 minutes and even went into a beautiful reggae sound! Doug played the guitar as if he was the son of some great God. Like his whole mission is soley to play it and change life on earth with his amazing transformations. What is truely genius is his ability to change the tempo/scale/ and mood of the song without you even noticing till after it has happened. I so hope that BTS puts out a new album full of actually new material (which Anicent melodies was NOT!) and by the sound of their latest live show, it looks like that is going to happen! >> and by the way, people here for a review of Perfect from Now On: it is an amazing album and should be in a hall of fame or somthing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zen Sept. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
I live in boise idaho. I don't know the extensive history of built to spill. I don't know where the band is even truely located anymore (boise or seattle?) But i know early today i sat next to Doug Martsh while he was eating a veggie bento with his wife at a great local-boise lunch-stop called Zen Bento's. He embodies everything that a rock-star should NOT be. Which is perhaps one of the reasons that i love BUilt to spill so much. Perhaps he's not really a rockstar, but he certainly should be. (what i find really humorous is that in idaho Doug is relativly unknown, in the rest of the NW, doug is one of the GOd's of indy rock. this album: Classic. THis album is by far the best BTS has ever put out. Kick it in the sun is one of the best songs ever written...ever...(and though you may doubt it; if you listen to, when the second half begins you'll lose all doubt.) There are so many classic's and so many old bands that you could relate BTS's sound to, but if you think of music as it really is: there are only 12 freakin notes, only 12, and to make an album of such perfection, of course it draws on musical precedents, but music EVOLVES, it isn't always originate. Life would be so much duller without this album playing while i drink lots of beer and write it a review. BTS is increadibly inventive considering musical history. They draw on many sounds; from the Flamming Lips (also awesome) to pink floyd. But they have such a passion for what they are creating, that in the midst of their exploration of musical energy, they achieve sublimity. I personally think that Doug Martsh and Tori Amos alone deserve the kind of credit now as the beatles deserved in the 60's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Rate
On one hand, there's nothing bad about any of the songs. All of them are good. However, there are only three or four that I really got into and enjoy... Read more
Published on June 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I imagined
To make a long story short, I borrowed "There's Nothing Wrong With Love" from a friend and then decided I had to hear more. Read more
Published on May 12 2004 by Example: Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap, this cd rules
I just recently got into some indie music ala Modest Mouse. My friend got this album and I listened to it for a little while. My god this album is freaking awesome. Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by N. Rocha
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guitar record
Fans of the guitar, this is an album for you. BTS has improved over the years and found their niche, and this is a classic. Read more
Published on April 29 2004 by Scott Fendley
5.0 out of 5 stars The temperature and distance of the suuuuuuuuuuun
I heard Velvet Waltz and it was probably the most amazing thing I'd ever heard. I haven't even got the album (yet) but from what I've read the rest is just as good. Read more
Published on April 24 2004 by Clifton Santiago
4.0 out of 5 stars This Album is Better than You
Eight tracks. Each track is roughly seven minutes or more long. I don't know what 7 multiplied by 8 is, but I'm sure it equals something along the line of awesome. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2004 by Reid Faylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Red heads
I hate red heads. Just like I hate television shows that use monkeys when they need more laughs. You see, monkeys are easy laughs and red heads are ugly; nothing in the past two... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by "rearrange"
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent collection of songs
Combines some of the best parts of Sonic Youth (one crucial band that I don't think has been mentioned in these reviews but is no doubt an influence), Pavement, Frank Black and/or... Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by S. R Robertson
3.0 out of 5 stars believe the hype
really liked it when it first came out, not so much anymore.
Published on Sept. 15 2003 by the_hype
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