Q - 2/96, p.1043 Stars
- Good - "...plenty of melody and the fuzzy guitar holds up..."
Alternative Press - 11/93, p.66
"...The best record in at least a year....Sounds as if Jane's Addiction gave a crap and really put their souls into their music instead of the rumor mill..."
Melody Maker - 1/13/96, p.31
Recommended - "...BTS are 30 years of Classic American Rock sent beaming at its usual targets...then consciously, bloody-mindedly skewed away, bent out of shape, insides ripped out and fizzing. Pitchbend, X-phaser, multi-echo, ramp, distort, amen..."
NME (Magazine) - 12/16/95, p.367 (out of 10)
- "...finds them with their shambolic yet wondersome melody foundations...planning to construct a rock skyscraper on top....underpinning every guitar burp, whinge and noodle, there's the sense that this record is a snapshot of an immense talent deciding what to do with itself..."
Built To Spill: Doug "Dug" Martsch (vocals, guitar, bass, drums); Brett Netson (vocals, acoustic & slide guitars, drums);
Ralf (drums, guitar, bass, cowbell).
Additional personnel: Jake Carpenter (violin); Todd Dunnigan (piano, organ, synthesizer, samples); James (piano).
Recorded at Audio Lab, Boise, Idaho in fall 1992.
Built to Spill: Doug Martsch (vocals, guitar, bass instrument, drums); Brett Netson (vocals, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, bass instrument, drums); Ralf (guitar, bass instrument, drums, cowbells).
Additional personnel: Jake Carpenter (violin); Todd Dunnigan (piano, organ, synthesizer, sampler).
The debut album by indie institution Built to Spill finds the Idaho rockers hitting the ground running with a vision that marries the prismatic pop sensibilities of Pavement with the cheap psych-fuzz of underground guitar gods like J. Mascis and the Bevis Frond's Nick Salomon. Tracks such as "Get a Life" and "Revolution" stack layers of warping lo-fi guitar gristle over jagged melodic bits that bob in the amplified froth. Bandleader, singer, and guitarist Doug Martsch--who shreds in continually inventive ways, mixing a panoply of hammer-ons, feedback squelchs, and distorted yawps in the many extended solos--roots his grandiosity in a student's understanding of rock history. He even bites lyrics from the Velvet Underground classic "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'" on his "Nowhere Nothin' F*ckup", a song inspired by a Philip K. Dick character. Rock and roll nerd-dom never sounded this vicious--nor would Built to Spill ever again sound this rough and tumble. This is their only album recorded as the original trio featuring bassist Brett Nelson and drummer Ralf Youtz along with Martsch.