ARTIST: Built to Spill
TITLE: The Normal Years
YEAR RELEASED: 1996
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Most of them were singles
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not
LINEUP: Doug Martsch on all cuts. Andy Capps, Brett Netson, Brett Nelson, Ned Evett, and others appear on these cuts.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: K Records took all of the leftovers from Built to Spill and put this out before they hopped to a major label. It smacks of odds-and-sods.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Singles, B-sides, compilation tracks, etc. etc. It’s the usual compilation for an indie band who moves record companies. There’s good stuff, and…other stuff.
The opening cut “So & So & So & So from Wherever Wherever” starts out the collection in a promising way, with some heavily distorted and de-tuned guitars adding a crunch. A couple tracks are early versions of songs that found their way on their early albums.
You go in not expect much, and it’s just fine. There are some little gems here for the casual fans. The converted has this, no doubt, but it’s not high on their BTS rotation.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There is a cover of a song by K Records won Daniel Johnson.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE C+: It’s not bad, really, for what it is. It’s not where you start, though.