Built To Spill’s second record here, first released in 1994. Their gorgeously slackerish indie sound is pretty much at its peak here, with favourites like ‘Distopian Dream Girl’ and ‘Car’ included. This reissue, on Up Records, is the very first time There’s Nothing Wrong With Love has been re-pressed to vinyl since the original run.
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I feel a bit weird having to commit some critical words to Built To Spill’s second and arguably best record “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” twenty one years after it’s original release date. A) it’s making me feel really fucking old and b) It’s the kind of record I thought would be an unavoidable classic by 2015. Sadly, the era isn’t lamented to quite the extent I would have hoped. I thought Built To Spill would be getting the Led Zep treatment by now! I guess everyone thinks their teenage years was the most important time in history right?
‘There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” is a genuine achievement, there’s absolutely no doubt about that. It also stinks of the era, bringing back memories of a time when the youth were genuinely cynical and funny as fuck with it. Around this time it seemed like everyone was truly enjoying how terrible life really is.
So, what do I need to say? “There’s Nothing Wrong…” is dynamically ambitious relative to debut “Ultimate Newavers". Sure, the production is a little rough but it’s also adventurous. Strings add a fundamentally new dynamic that would be utilised to great effect in years to come. Martsch has one of the most nasal voices in indie-rock but his melodies here are to die for. The guitars sit weirdly upfront in the mix by modern standards. Why can’t I persuade any engineers to have them that loud on my records? They sound so good! They’ve got their Dino Jr./Pavement hybrid aesthetic sewn up by this point and, by BTS’s standards, it’s also kinda concise, even short in parts. Oh and I totally forgot about the little preview thing at the end. “A man needs loving, a woman needs a man to love, and I’ll hold to you my midnight star”. See…humour. You remember humour right?
Anyway, I’m gibbering. I don’t wanna talk about this record. I just want you to go buy it without having to persuade you. I shouldn’t need to.
One day the '90s will be respected.
9/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 7th October 2015
“There’s Nothing Wrong with Love” was Built To Spill’s second, and in my opinion, best album. To my ears, whilst sounding very much like Built to Spill, it’s also their most different sounding – it is cleaner sounding, the songs are shorter, more concise, more varied and, in places, have a kind of mid-fi lushness.
It opens with “In the Morning”, which, for the first 4 seconds tricks you into thinking that you’re listening to Slint before a disjointed song bursts out with guitars that chop and fragments of great melody. It is followed by “Reasons” which settles things down a bit. It has the aforementioned lush qualities which also has a rousing chorus. Two of their best songs are on here, “Big Dipper”, which is their catchiest song, punchy verses and great chorus, and “Car”, which starts off as a mournful ballad before stomping drums and an angular melody, foreboding strings and great guitar solo make it the album’s best moment.
“Cleo” has a post-rock lollop, slices of futuristic guitar and great harmonies on the chorus. “Distopian [sic] Dream Girl” is one of those Built to Spill songs that imports elements of Pavement with its wonky riffy guitars. “Some” and closing track “Stab” are the longest songs and therefore have more in common with other Built To Spill records. “Some” has thick layers of interweaving guitars whilst “Stab” has the quiet/loud dynamic. It’s a ‘90s classic to my mind.
9/10 Jack Customer review, 6th October 2015
This first release from Doug Martsch and company remains my favourite Built To Spill recording. BTS aren't confined by typical songwriting structure, i.e. verse-chorus-verse etc. Songs start incongruously - see fabulous opener "In the Morning" - and end suddenly - again, see fabulous opener "In the Morning". Rough-around-the-edges melodies, masterful guitar work, and uncanny, slice-of-life lyrics abound throughout There's Nothing Wrong With Love. Also, how great is the line "I want to see movies of my dreams" in "Car"?
10/10 James Clarke Customer review,
A absolutely stunning album.
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