Untethered Moon

Built to Spill - Untethered Moon
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2015 Ratings: #314 / 771
User Score
Based on 76 ratings
2015 Ratings: #292
April 21, 2015 / Release Date
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Warner Bros. / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

Though it’s Built to Spill’s first album since 2009’s There Is No Enemy and it features a new lineup, Untethered Moon sits right at the band’s musical sweet spot: tight webs of guitar, knotty at places and dangling in the breeze elsewhere.

83
A.V. Club
The 1990s are long gone, as is the idea that a band equally inspired by Neil Young and Pavement could break big. But there’s something reassuring and even inspiring about how Built To Spill has survived by understanding its strengths and working its niche.
80
Exclaim!

Untethered Moon is arguably the most enjoyable Built to Spill album since 1999's pivotal Keep It Like A Secret.

77
Paste

For an album with a simple objective, Untethered Moon is a humble gift to fans.

71
Pitchfork
The familiarity of Built to Spill is a balm, and hearing Martsch fiddle with his main melodic ideas is like visiting cousins: everyone’s older, no one’s much different, someone’s hair is longer or shorter, someone’s brought a different girlfriend.
70
AllMusic
They show no signs of age or of slowing down, and if they keep cranking out records this passionate and powerful, there's no reason they can't keep going forever.
70
PopMatters

Déjà vu all over again in the best way, Untethered Moon ends up being a set of new songs that remind you of those old Built to Spill songs you liked, ones that sound like they’ve been here forever.

70
Under The Radar
With seven albums already under their belt, Built to Spill know their strengths and have no desire to fuck up a formula that works.
70
No Ripcord

Untethered Moon is truly the work of a veteran musician who continues to tweak the same kind of song with the adventurousness of a curious young man.

70
Spin

On Untethered Moon, the crew sounds as taught and lean as ever.

70
Rolling Stone
The album's consistency is a testament to Martsch's perfectionism (he scrapped a whole album in 2012) — and for that, we salute him.
70
Drowned in Sound

If There is No Enemy was a pretty concise record of dreamy guitar pop, then Untethered Moon sees the band get back to a gnarlier sound, with roughhewn, grungy production.

70
musicOMH

Untethered Moon might not be the last will and testament of Built To Spill, but if it were, it’d be a damn fine epitaph.

CheapandLethal
50
Very uninspiring
texacobrarecord
88
Sounds awesome, cool musical parts - guitar/bass/drums. Songwriting quality still down from their earlier work, but some memorable hooks here for sure. Solid!
NR
A very consistent record. It's unmistakably Built to Spill and that's also why there's no innovation here, but it's quite good.
CanIMayI
80
"Rest assured, Built to Spill fans, the content of Untethered Moon is the complete antithesis of its atrocious box art. Yes, the album is that good..." Read more of this review at canimayi.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/album-review-built-to-spill-untethered-moon/#…
snarekickblues
80
Decent comeback from the boys. Some really great songs here, like Never Be The Same and When I'm Blind.
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#33/American Songwriter
#57/Crack Magazine

Track List

  1. All Our Songs
  2. Living Zoo
  3. On the Way
  4. Some Other Song
  5. Never Be the Same
  6. C.R.E.B.
  7. Another Day
  8. Horizon to Cliff
  9. So
  10. When I'm Blind
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