There Is No Enemy is the seventh full-length studio album by indie rock band Built to Spill (their fifth on Warner Bros. The album was released on October 6, 2009, and is the last to feature long-time drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson, who left the group in 2012. It features guest musicians Sam Coomes, cellist John McMahon, Scott Schmaljohn (of Treepeople), Paul Leary, and additional keyboards by Roger Manning.
Seasoned veterans of the indie scene, Built To Spill’s seventh studio album is as textured and sprawling as any of their best work, and that’s no easy feat after 17 years as a band. There Is No Enemy is surprisingly full of fresh ideas (shiny trumpets! willowy strings!), so don’t let the first track, Aisle 13, fool you. While it’s a neat and tidy BTS song that delivers the goods, it doesn’t offer anything really new - the song’s wallop would be felt more viscerally following, say, the mildly twangy Hindsight or the darkly beautiful Nowhere Lullaby
There Is No Enemy is the seventh album by Built to Spill, released on October 6th, 2009 via Warner Bros. On February 15th, 2010, ATP Recordings released the album in the UK and Europe with the exclusive, previously unreleased bonus track Water Sleepers. The album is the last to feature long-time drummer Scott Plouf and bassist Brett Nelson (guitar, bass), who left the group in 2012.
Album · 2009 · 11 Songs. In fine Built to Spill form, There Is No Enemy explodes off the bat with loose, hooky, and loud guitar, with Aisle 13 unhinging Doug Martsch from the get-go. Hindsight shows off their well-honed hazy side with a near-folky rock ‘n’ roll vibe that switches deftly from sweet and bouncy to heavy melancholy. Pat picks up some punk-rock ferociousness in the middle, while the dark restlessness of Things Fall Apart builds to a wild, psychedelic instrumental that’s fantastically heavy on trumpet. There Is No Enemy Built to Spill.
If only Built to Spill had managed to follow the footsteps of this mysterious, regal, entity on the album art, they could have had another Perfect From Now On or Keep It Like A Secret up their sleeves. Instead, There Is No Enemy resembles much more closely the small house, the secondary character. Like the house compared to the creature, the aesthetic on There Is No Enemy resembles previous Built to Spill work very closely, but doesn’t even come close to distinguishing itself in a distinctive, positive manner. The pop-infused gems that practically defined their previous work are semi-present on There Is No Enemy. Aisle 13 with a quirky, catchy melody is an grand start to the album, and would have been a welcome addition anywhere on Keep It Like A Secret. Hindsight, though, acts like gravity, propelling There Is No Enemy back towards the harsh reality that this is not another masterpiece.
Indie rock stalwarts going back to the early '90s, Built to Spill have pleased fans for years, and their first album in three years, There Is No Enemy, occupies much the same territory as 2006's You in Reverse. Doug Martsch's absorbed and witty wordplay consistently turns lyrical convention on its head, the songs feature a parade of quirky hooks, and with its driving, accomplished backing, the band draws in a range of potential audiences, from its indie fan base to those who rock out to jam bands or don the headphones to dig into singer/songwriters.
This album has an average beat per minute of 114 BPM (slowest/fastest tempos: 78/140 BPM). See its BPM profile at the bottom of the page. Tracklist There Is No Enemy. BPM Profile There Is No Enemy. Album starts at 94BPM, ends at 120BPM (+26), with tempos within the -BPM range. Try refreshing the page if dots are missing). Recent albums by Built to Spill.
|B1||Good Ol' Boredom||6:31|
|B2||Life's A Dream||4:54|
|D1||Things Fall Apart||6:15|
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