Perfect from Now On

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Perfect from Now On
Studio album by Built to Spill
Released January 28, 1997 (1997-01-28)
Genre Indie rock
Length 54:13
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Phil Ek
Built to Spill chronology
There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Perfect from Now On
Keep It Like a Secret
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (9.2/10) [2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes 5/5[5]

Perfect from Now On is the third full-length album released by Built to Spill, and the band's first major label (Warner Bros.) release. The line-up for the album was singer/guitarist Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Scott Plouf. It was recorded at the Avast! Recording Company in Seattle, Washington by Phil Ek. Stylistically, the album was marked by its experimentation with longer song structures, philosophical lyrics, and the incorporation of cello.

The album was essentially recorded three times. The first time, Martsch attempted to play all the instruments except drums. He and Phil Ek were dissatisfied with the results, so Martsch brought in Nelson and Plouf and recorded the album again. However, these tapes were destroyed by heat when Ek was driving from Seattle to Boise to record additional overdubs. The band rehearsed some more, then recorded the album a third time.

In September 2008, the band embarked on a three-month tour to perform the album in its entirety.[6]

The tracks on the album are (in general) significantly longer than those on There's Nothing Wrong With Love, the shortest track being 4 minutes and 52 seconds long (only 2 tracks on their previous album were longer than 4:52).


Perfect from Now On was released to widespread critical acclaim and is widely regarded as an indie rock masterpiece as well as Built to Spill's magnum opus. ranked this album at #22 on its "Top 100 Albums of the 90s" list.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Randy Described Eternity" – 6:09
  2. "I Would Hurt a Fly" – 6:15
  3. "Stop the Show" – 6:26
  4. "Made-Up Dreams" – 4:52
  5. "Velvet Waltz" – 8:33
  6. "Out of Site" – 5:33
  7. "Kicked It in the Sun" – 7:32
  8. "Untrustable / Part 2 (About Someone Else)" – 8:53

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Brett Netson - guitar on "Randy Described Eternity," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Stop the Show," "Velvet Waltz," and "Out of Site"
  • John McMahon - cello on "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Stop the Show," "Velvet Waltz," "Out of Site," and "Untrustable/Pt. 2 (About Someone Else)"
  • Robert Roth - Mellotron on "Made-Up Dreams," "Velvet Waltz," and "Untrustable/Pt. 2 (About Someone Else)"
  • Peter Lansdowne - drums on "Made-Up Dreams


Rapper Cage's song "Ballad of Worms" sampled "I Would Hurt a Fly". The song appeared on Eastern Conference All-Stars, Vol. 3 and Purple Rain Mix CD Vol. 1


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Perfect from Now On – Built to Spill : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. AllRovi. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Record Reviews: Built to Spill: Perfect From Now On". 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2013-06-15. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Built to Spill". Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  4. ^ Kot, Greg (November 9, 1998). "Perfect from Now On review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Built to Spill – Perfect from Now On | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  6. ^ Skruck, Jeff (May 20, 2008). "Built to Spill to Play Perfect from Now On This Fall on Tour | Prefix". Retrieved May 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ Morris, William (November 17, 2003). "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1990s | Features | Pitchfork". Pitchfork. Retrieved May 25, 2013. 

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