There Is No Enemy

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  • Summary: The latest album for the indie rock band features Quasi's Sam Coomes, Treepeople's Scott Schmaljohn, Butthole Surfers' Paul Leary, John McMahon, and Roger Manning as guest musicians.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
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  1. For There Is No Enemy, Martsch and company move beyond that back-to-basics approach, delivering a polished record that favors lilting mid-tempo ballads over ear-blasting ragers.
  2. There is something exorbitantly satisfying about enjoying what you might deem to be a comeback album, especially when it arrives from an established band that many - including myself - thought were out of fresh ideas.
  3. Martsch has hinted that There Is No Enemy could be the band's final album. If that's the case, the set's multifaceted melodies and experimentation would be an inspired sendoff.
  4. Alternative Press
    As ever, Martsch prove capable of anthropomorphizing a bent string and imbuing it with more emotion than many bands' vocals and lyrics. [Dec 2009, p.112]
  5. With the talent on display here, there's every reason to believe that the man will deliver another classic Built to Spill record someday. This isn't one, but in its best moments (and many of it's merely good moments), you'll be surprised at how little you mind.
  6. Under The Radar
    Even if the album as a whole isn't as eminently loveable as, say, "Keep It Like A Secret," though, there's still plenty to love here. [Fall 2009, p.57]
  7. Q Magazine
    Martsch's hitherto opaque lyrics are more revealing than normal, exposing sentiments of anger and loss. [Mar 2010, p.97]

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  1. Dec 10, 2010
    Toys In The Attic consacre Aerosmith au rang des plus grands groupes de rock. Cet album résume l'essence qui fait de la bande deToys In The Attic consacre Aerosmith au rang des plus grands groupes de rock. Cet album résume l'essence qui fait de la bande de Steve Tyler et Joe Perry un groupe unique : rock carré et groovant, paré de guitares tranchantes (les solos de Perry sont énormes mine de rien), le tout balancé avec une désinvolture qui confine à la classe ultime. Le début du disque est anthologique avec les quatre premières chansons qui infligent une magistrale leçon de rock (mention spéciale au riff de Adam's Apple et au psychédélisme vénéneux de Uncle Salty). La production est fantastique, les guitares ont un son puissant qui n'a plus rien à voir avec la platitude de Get Your Wings. Aerosmith a définitivement trouvé sa signature et Toys In The Attic est un indispensable. Expand