Now You Know (Doug Martsch album)

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Now You Know
Studio album by Doug Martsch
Released 2002
Recorded Fall 1999
Genre Rock
Length 40:13
Label Up

Now You Know is a solo album released by Doug Martsch of indie rock band Built to Spill. Unlike Martsch's rock-oriented work with Built to Spill, the album touches on blues, folk, and rock. Now You Know was released in 2002 on Up Records label.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Offer"
  2. "Dream"
  3. "Gone"
  4. "Window"
  5. "Heart (Things Never Shared)"
  6. "Lift"
  7. "Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus)"
  8. "Instrumental"
  9. "Sleeve"
  10. "Impossible"
  11. "Stay"

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (7.3/10)[2]
Rolling Stone (3/5)[3]

Pitchfork Media says the album has [2] "a Delta blues sound-- a style closer to the point in musical evolution where country/western and blues went their separate, segregated ways" and also called it "Blooze for Dummies." The reviewer also noted that most of the songs begin "with bluesy intentions, but only a handful (... "Offer"... and... "Stay") stick with that dynamic for their duration." The reviewer seemed mostly not to enjoy the departure from the Built to Spill sound, remarking that "the more familiar-sounding material is what really sticks amongst these eleven tracks."

Rolling Stone calls the album [3] "bare-bones folk blues that recalls O Brother, Where Art Thou? more than anything by... Built to Spill." The reviewer sees the album as being influenced by "such Delta bluesmen as Fred McDowell" as well as by "Ralph Stanley and J Mascis."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Up Records: Ten Years of Fabulous Independent Music". 2011-07-18. Archived from the original on 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Pitchfork Media review". 2008-04-02. Archived from the original on 2008-04-02. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Rolling Stone review". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-06-01.