Now You Know - Doug Martsch
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  • Summary: The man behind Built to Spill issues his first album under his own name, with a more acoustic, stripped-down, blues-influenced sound than you'll find on his BTS albums.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Who would have guessed Martsch could make something his own while employing such an overcopied sound? [20 Sep 2002, p.106]
  2. 80
    A beautifully dark masterpiece. [#56, p.99]
  3. When he sticks with the slide guitar, Martsch's combination of downhome blues and meandering indie-rock is a winning one.
  4. Martsch continues the sub-greatness trend of his recent work, releasing another record that fails to carry the weight of the canonical two-fer that lies at the center of his career.
  5. 70
    Consider this a Zen disc: sit with it awhile, and it will come to you. [Nov 2002, p.105]
  6. Now You Know is most definitely a departure, but the source is completely, wonderfully recognizable.
  7. Duds and semi-duds aside, Now You Know holds together okay, with plenty of high points, mostly huddled together in the first half.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. S.E.Johnson
    Oct 3, 2002
    10
    If Robert Plant played Appalachian folk tunes, it would probably sound like this.
  2. PhilP.
    Sep 22, 2002
    10
    It has a neat sound.
  3. ChristopherN.
    Oct 8, 2002
    9
    A great album, clearly Martsch is expanding on his ambitions here. Bluesy and down-straight slide guitar riffs are entertaining and dynamic A great album, clearly Martsch is expanding on his ambitions here. Bluesy and down-straight slide guitar riffs are entertaining and dynamic enough to keep the album fresh and interesting. Expand
  4. KatrinaM
    Jan 10, 2003
    9
    Now You Know is an inspiring creation. I would expect nothing less from Doug Martsch.
  5. Bryan
    Oct 9, 2002
    9
    Doug never fails to amaze me

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