When Doug Martsch and crew cancelled their stop in Chicago earlier this year, I was happy—I thought I’d have more time to understand “You in Reverse,” Built to Spill’s first album in about five years, before the band hit Metro. Unfortunately, the record hasn’t changed for me—it’s still a lackluster, phoned-in attempt to half-heartedly create the wonder of the band’s previous outings. Opener “Goin’ Against Your Mind” gallops into a monotonous oblivion, pure pop song “Liar” sounds empty and weak and closer “The Wait” sounds like a rehash of “Ancient Melodies of the Future”’s final track “The Weather” and a boring Flaming Lips song at once. Songs like “Saturday” and “Conventional Wisdom” are solid, but the rest is, sadly, awash in indifference. The live show, however, is always breathtaking and energized, and given the band’s tendency to dive deep into its catalogue—just check the outstanding Lollapalooza set list—this show should be a treat. Seeing the band play songs from “There’s Nothing Wrong with Love,” “Perfect from Now On” and “Keep It Like A Secret” never gets old. (Tom Lynch)
September 15 at Metro.