After setting the bar high for self-reflection with three of the most influential albums of the ‘90s, Built to Spill buckled under the weight of expectations. On ‘Hindsight,’ Doug Martsch sounds like he’s ready to move on: “Hindsight has given me too many memories.” Even at its most meandering points (‘Nowhere Lullaby’), the tangents on ‘There Is No Enemy’ feel purposeful. Martsch’s lyrics remain wry and erudite, but he’s back to expressing himself in a more whimsical fashion and, more importantly, writing actual melodies (including ‘Life’s a Dream’, now the most heart-wrenching song in the band’s catalogue). Here’s to the mid-career course correction.
As the end of the year edged into sight, we had one more round of tour madness before the festival downtime kicked in. Here's what you missed in November (spoiler: contains pop-punk, tears and BABYMETAL)