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When the Wind Forgets Your Name

Built to Spill

When the Wind Forgets Your Name

Tenth studio album from the Boise, Idaho indie rock act

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Sub Pop
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  1. 8.5 |   Northern Transmissions

    An album dripping with pathos and chock full of creativity
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  2. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    In ways similar to R.E.M., Eels, and Bright Eyes, their knack for harnessing a whimsical energy combined with tight, interlocking little nuggets of sound and various fragments from diverse styles and genres is put to use to create something entirely different that is exciting and fresh, yet comfortably dependable
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  3. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Their first LP for Sub Pop, Built to Spill’s When the Wind Forgets Your Name ends a seven-year vacancy of original, guitar-tempered indie rock
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  4. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A refreshing, cool-sounding record, one that finds Built to Spill revelling in the past and looking clear-eyed toward the future, some 30 years on. That's no small feat
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  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    One of the States' great indie rock institutions, finding renewal largely in the familiar. Print edition only

  6. 7.7 |   Paste Magazine

    Singer Doug Martsch returns to his original vision for the band with a new lineup
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  7. 7.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    A clear evolution for a band marked by its consistency, but it’s an evolution that makes sense and that, in retrospect, was sorely needed
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  8. 7.2 |   Pitchfork

    Dotted with cool surprises and intricately plotted melodies, the veteran indie band’s Sub Pop debut shakes things up without breaking their pattern of low-key, late-period releases
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  9. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In spite of the lengthy gestation period none of the tracks bear a hesitancy born of countless edits, nor do the workings between the margins appear obvious. Instead there’s a ramshackle bounce to proceedings
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  10. 7.0 |   All Music

    Martsch has evolved into a survivor; while others may have flashed early and burned out, he's kept plugging away and with When the Wind Forgets Your Name he and Built to Spill have delivered a late career stunner that easily equals their best work
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  11. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Album highlight “Understood” sounds particularly Young-like here too, but elsewhere Martsch sounds confident in his own skin, merging interlocking layered guitars, subtle melodic touches and licks that veer from crunchy to blissed out. Print edition only

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