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. The aptly titled "Now You Know" shouldn't be perceived as the end of Martsch's indie rock affiliation, but the sound of an artist delving deeper, and in doing so, hitting his stride.
  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. Because this is a more personal affair, your tolerance for this release will largely depend on your acceptance of Martsch's voice.
  6. While Ancient Melodies worked boring, repetitive structures into Martsch’s typically simple song structures, Now You Know brings new life to them. Unfortunately, this album is nowhere near as good as Built to Spill’s previous works.
  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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