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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for indie rock band Built to Spill features Oruã's Le Almeida and João Casaes.
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  1. Sep 9, 2022
    90
    Martsch has evolved into a survivor; while others may have flashed early and burned out, he's kept plugging away and with When the Wind Forgets Your Name he and Built to Spill have delivered a late career stunner that easily equals their best work.
  2. Sep 9, 2022
    80
    With When the Wind Forgets Your Name, Built to Spill prove they have the staying power to remain atop the indie rock heap.
  3. Sep 7, 2022
    80
    On the band’s first album of original songs since 2015, Martsch is back, on top of his game throughout When the Wind Forgets Your Name. Whether it was the Brazilian inspiration, Covid isolation, or just plain time for another solid BtS record, Martsch and company deliver.
  4. Sep 14, 2022
    80
    When the Wind Forgets Your Name feels like Martsch is more self-assured than ever. Like, he finally realized his position and learned how to play to his strengths as a songwriter. These strengths–especially a confident delivery–have been refined by age and experience, helping to produce the same version of Built to Spill, albeit enhanced, that can still contend with the best albums in their discography.
  5. Sep 7, 2022
    77
    It’s best to take When the Wind Forgets Your Name in the spirit offered. That is to say, it’s a rewarding one-off project on songs that underscore Martsch’s talent as a songwriter and guitarist, while also showing him in a different light. May all his future collaborations be so inspired.
  6. Sep 19, 2022
    72
    When the Wind Forgets Your Name shows that in generous spurts this band can still sound as driven and disarmingly sincere as they did a quarter century ago. If it’s a lesser Built to Spill album that’s because they all are now. But as their lesser albums go, it’s one of the better ones.
  7. Uncut
    Sep 7, 2022
    70
    Album highlight “Understood” sounds particularly Young-like here too, but elsewhere Martsch sounds confident in his own skin, merging interlocking layered guitars, subtle melodic touches and licks that veer from crunchy to blissed out. [Oct 2022, p.26]

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  1. Sep 16, 2022
    10
    Give it a few listens and I think you’ll find it to be their best work since the ‘90s, love the lyrics, love the return to the drawn out solosGive it a few listens and I think you’ll find it to be their best work since the ‘90s, love the lyrics, love the return to the drawn out solos and chord/key changes Expand