Album of the Day
There Is No Enemy
Released 10 years ago this month, THERE IS NO ENEMY represented a strong return to form for indie jam band Built To Spill. Singer-guitarist Doug Martsch's intricate lyrics don't seem as inscrutable as in the past - the urgent, emotionally resonant tone of this music is unmistakable on such originals as “Hindsight,” “Nowhere Lullaby” and “Life's A Dream.” The guitar solos are superb as usual, but the entire band dives head-first into these songs; this would be the final album with longtime bassist Brett Nelson and drummer Scott Plouf, who really go out with a bang. Pitchfork called THERE IS NO ENEMY “easily the best Built to Spill album of the decade,” and it stands proudly with the band's alternative rock classics of the 1990s.