Perfect From Now On

Warner Bros / Wea
Release date
28 Jan 1997
Running length
8 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Randy Described Eternity 6:04 91,720
2 I Would Hurt a Fly 6:15 110,921
3 Stop the Show 4:15 82,758
4 Made-up Dreams 4:52 59,693
5 Velvet Waltz 8:33 72,134
6 Out of Site 5:36 61,867
7 Kicked it in the Sun 7:32 69,865
8 Untrustable / Part 2 (About Someone Else) 8:53 4,162

About this album

Perfect from Now On is the third full-length album released by Built to Spill, and the band’s first major label (Warner Bros.) release. The line-up for the album was singer/guitarist Doug Martsch, bassist Brett Nelson, and drummer Scott Plouf. It was recorded at the Avast! Recording Company in Seattle, Washington by Phil Ek. Stylistically, the album was marked by its experimentation with longer song structures, philosophical lyrics, and the incorporation of cello.

The album was essentially recorded three times. The first time, Martsch attempted to play all the instruments except drums. He and Phil Ek were dissatisfied with the results, so Martsch brought in Nelson and Plouf and recorded the album again. However, these tapes were destroyed by heat when Ek was driving from Seattle to Boise to record additional overdubs. The band rehearsed some more, then recorded the album a third time. Perfect from Now On was released to widespread critical acclaim on January 28, 1997. ranked this album at #22 on its “Top 100 Albums of the 90s” list. It was re-released with a bonus track (“Easy Way”) on vinyl in 2007.

In September 2008, the band embarked on a three-month tour to perform the album in its entirety.

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  • Rezzo64

    Gotta be honest, I severely underestimated how good this album was going to be. Fantastic release

    31 Oct 2014 Reply
  • sviitrainais

    it could flow forever

    8 Oct 2014 Reply
  • rabrn

    I've always liked Built to Spill, but I had no idea they were this brilliant... Holy shit.

    18 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Gaffes

    Hats off to Built To Spill for a praiseworthy masterpiece.

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • musicmisc

    I wish all albums flowed from beginning to end as well as this one

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • AdamTodes

    Cannot actually describe my love for this album. Easily up there with the best ever. POWERFUL

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
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    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • treejay9

    This is simply one of the greatest albums ever. When I haven't listened to it for a while, I think to myself, maybe I'm overrating it...but that's easy solved by just listening to it again. One of the best albums to play straight through from start to finish as well.

    11 Feb 2014 Reply
  • slvrrckt

    10/10 album

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • bldninja

    F****ing hell. This album just blew me away! :)

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Lillilillio

    this is more than amazing

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • fank19

    so fucking good

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TobiasJC

    it's damn perfect

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Stop the Show is the best song on this album

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • rewinddude

    Perfect album.

    1 Jan 2013 Reply
  • YorkNew

    Great guitar album

    19 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    Power Rankings: 8. Stop the Show 7. Velvet Waltz 6. I Would Hurt a Fly 5. Untrustable/Part 2 (About Someone Else) 4. Out of Site 3. Made-Up Dreams 2. Randy Described Eternity 1. Kicked It In the Sun

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    perfect from now on, more like perfect album

    15 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Doppz

    I really like this album, I just always somewhat doze off after the first couple songs. A lot of the songs sound very similar.

    13 Oct 2012 Reply
  • naotas_forehead

    Nevermind what I said about them using only guitars and stuff. I realize now that there are string instruments on almost every song, haha. It's still a flawless masterpiece. Just when you think it can't get any better, the last two songs just blow you away.

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
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