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Perfect from Now on [Import, CD]

Built to Spill Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 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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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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Epic 1997 album! Inspired guitar waltzes 'n' passionate rock from Doug Martsch and crew ... possibly their finest hour. Includes "Untrustable" and "Randy Described Eternity".

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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
After being called up to the big leagues, Doug Martsch and his supporting cast put on some muscle for this one: Despite consisting of a mere eight tracks, Perfect from Now On was puffed up to a statuesque 55 minutes. It mined the same melodic fortune of golden pop-nuggets as its airtight, single-serving predecessor There's Nothing Wrong with Love, but stashed them within a dense maze of anthemic guitar wails and groove-laden jams. Larger-than-life distorted guitar melodies and compulsive progressions twist, turn, overlap, collapse, and dissolve into fragmented grains of hypnotic propulsion, lending a sense of weightlessness to the mix.

Despite being twice as dramatic as earlier work and three times as broad in scope, not a single moment of overindulgence or estrangement exists. Many songs ("Velvet Waltz", "Kicked It in the Sun", "Untrustable, Pt. 2") effortlessly shift direction several times, tossing away an album's worth of innovation in a matter of minutes. Martsch's sincere high tones consistently delivered artless lyrical gold, whether he was unraveling the philosophical narratives of the afterlife ("Randy Describes Eternity") or offering heart-rendering observations above perfectly wielded Mellotron effects and guitar rhythms that make me blush. Built to Spill were never a perfect band, but for one moment, they came close.
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to Rate June 22 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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...the rest just kind of bore me. Those songs are I would Hurt a Fly, Out of Site(one of their best songs ever), Stop the Show, and Randy Described Eternity is OK, not as great as the other three. The rest are in no way bad songs, but I never listen to them when I pop the CD in. I'd say if you've never heard BTS, then you're better off looking somewhere's else but if you like their other albums, you will like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I imagined May 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. From there I bought what I thought would be a closer sound in "Keep It Like a Secret" but discovered it wasn't really all that close besides the similiar song lengths. Then I had to have this one simply because those 2 albums I mentioned both blew me away. What I found out about "Perfect From Now on" was that they were able to stay completely interesting and cerebral throughout each song despite the epic lengths. The album as a whole is an absolute gem. With songs like I Would Hurt a Fly, Stop the Show, Velvet Waltz and Untrustable Pt. 2 you've got an album that pushes the limits of how good music can sound. Believe me, check this out for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holy crap, this cd rules May 2 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. Long, melodic, beautiful songs. Not only do the instrumental aspects of the music rule, but the lyrical content is also very good. This is the kind of album that you put on and listen to in its entirety. What a trip, I love it. If you like Modest Mouse, even just a little, or any other indie band for that matter, it is mandatory that you check these guys out. If you are sick of listening to the songs on the radio, check this out. This album is very near perfect, and if it is any indication of what to expect from Built to Spill in the future, then they will be perfect from now on (no pun intended of course, ya right).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guitar record April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. It makes you want to reach for an air insturment and flail along. Sure, the voice gets some getting used to - but that shouldn't distract one from the majesty of the record!
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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 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. 24 2004 by Reid Faylor
5.0 out of 5 stars A Darker, Lengthier Built To Spill
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. Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2004 by Paul H.
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 7 2003 by S. R Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars HI again
I've already filled out a review, but this one is more divergent. Deservedly this album attain a completely 5 star status. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 2003 by Matthew D. Haller
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