Untethered Moon

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Untethered Moon
Built to Spill - Untethered Moon cover art.jpg
Studio album by Built to Spill
Released April 18, 2015
Genre Indie rock
Length 45:49
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Doug Martsch, Sam Coomes
Built to Spill chronology
There Is No Enemy
(2009)There Is No Enemy2009
Untethered Moon

Untethered Moon is the eighth studio album by American rock band Built to Spill. The album was released on vinyl for Record Store Day on April 18, 2015 and on CD and digital format on April 21, 2015.[1] It is the band’s first album in nearly 6 years, since 2009’s There Is No Enemy, making it the band’s longest delay between studio albums. Martsch explained:

It is the first album to feature Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass), replacing Scott Plouf and Brett Nelson respectively.

The album was announced on February 5, 2015 along with a tour schedule beginning in March.[3] The track "Living Zoo" was released via SoundCloud on February 24, 2015.[4] The official music video for “Living Zoo” premiered on Noisey, March 25, 2015.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[7]
aNewRisingMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[9]
Pitchfork Media7.1/10[10]

The album has received praise, with critics and fans alike noting a revived energy within the band as well as Doug Marstch's consistently impressive guitar work.[11] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, Untethered Moon has received an average score of 76, based on 18 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[6] Cam Lindsay of Exclaim! wrote that Untethered Moon is "arguably the most enjoyable Built to Spill album since 1999's pivotal Keep It Like A Secret," citing "a directness to these songs that has been missing for a few albums."

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Built to Spill and all lyrics by Built to Spill with Karena Youtz

1."All Our Songs"6:15
2."Living Zoo"4:22
3."On the Way"4:25
4."Some Other Song"4:26
5."Never Be the Same"3:15
7."Another Day"3:10
8."Horizon to Cliff"2:44
10."When I'm Blind"8:23 [1]