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Scott Fendley (Zionsville, IN USA)

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Now You Know
Now You Know
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 36.95
4 used & new from CDN$ 31.94

3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more..., April 29 2004
This review is from: Now You Know (Audio CD)
This, to me, was a bit disappointing. The change of pace is nice, but the record to me sounds same-y after a while, and it doesn't really hold much interest to me. But this is not an abject failure, and further movements in the acoustic direction by Martsch should be applauded.

Normal Years
Normal Years
Price: CDN$ 15.15
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3.0 out of 5 stars For completists, April 29 2004
This review is from: Normal Years (Audio CD)
This is OK. It has some good stuff, some interesting stuff, and stuff that should have been left on the cutting room floor. I'd say only BTS die-hards should buy it. It's not bad, but it's not top-quality.

Ancient Melodies of the Future
Ancient Melodies of the Future
Offered by Business Surplus Depot
Price: CDN$ 9.28
16 used & new from CDN$ 1.98

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a departure - but it's still quality, April 29 2004
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.

Theres Nothing Wrong W/Love
Theres Nothing Wrong W/Love
Offered by PaperbackshopCA
Price: CDN$ 9.66
16 used & new from CDN$ 7.73

4.0 out of 5 stars Much more focused - almost brilliant., April 29 2004
Except for some slower spots, this record, their last independent record, puts it all together for Built to Spill. It's a guitar lovers record, and the songwriting keeps improving. Definitely worth seeking out and blasting!

Keep It Like..
Keep It Like..
Price: CDN$ 16.34
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great guitar record!, April 29 2004
This review is from: Keep It Like.. (Audio CD)
Major label status has improved BTS. Their indy work, to me, was a bit spotty and at times indulgent. Now the guitar majesty of Doug Martsch is focused, and the songwriting improved. A fine addition to anyone's catalog!

Perfect from Now on
Perfect from Now on
Price: CDN$ 17.85
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding guitar record, April 29 2004
This review is from: Perfect from Now on (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!

Brand New Year
Brand New Year
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 38.22
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still rockin' hard on this one!, April 29 2004
This review is from: Brand New Year (Audio CD)
The Bottle Rockets come back with another great record. Again, it's a shame they're relatively obscure to the general public, because their songwriting and attitude are top notch. The first cut, Nancy Sinatra, sets the tone and carries the disc. I recommend this highly!

24 Hours a Day
24 Hours a Day
Price: CDN$ 18.55
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great album from an "unknown" band., April 29 2004
This review is from: 24 Hours a Day (Audio CD)
I love the Bottle Rockets. They're a breath of fresh air and deserve to be heard by the masses. The first half of this record is tremendous, even if they put down Indianapolis. Like most Bottle Rockets records, it slips a bit on the second half but all in all is definitely worth a purchase!

Fly Me Courageous
Fly Me Courageous
Offered by Vanderbilt CA
Price: CDN$ 33.95
10 used & new from CDN$ 3.03

4.0 out of 5 stars Great rock record!, April 29 2004
This review is from: Fly Me Courageous (Audio CD)
This is how rock records should sound - fresh! Listening even today there's no sign of cliches or recycled ideas. It's a great sound - a twinge of the south and a crunch of arena rock blended together.

No Depression
No Depression
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Price: CDN$ 34.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Start It - But Named It, April 29 2004
This review is from: No Depression (Audio CD)
This record from Uncle Tupelo didn't start the alt-country movement, but it sure gave it a name. From start to finish, this is a powerful record - an innovative blend of country sounds and punk rock ethos that prove that both traditional country and punk spawned from the same circumstances.

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