Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy
The implications of Built to Spill's seventh studio album are obvious: There Is No Enemy is a straightforward meditation on politics, identity and consumerism in the post-post-9/11 era. And the band does yeomen's work balancing its durable brand of introspective power pop with loose, spaced-out jams. There are odes aplenty to their early-'90s sound, cached in the dreamlike crunch of opener "Aisle 13" and the punk howl of "Pat." It's a measured, thoughtful album befitting a group that has practically become a byword for consistency.