PERFECT FROM NOW ON//BUILT TO SPILL//1997
“I’m gonna be perfect from now on, I’m gonna be perfect starting now…”
The first time I listened to Perfect From Now On, I knew it was something special. I originally picked it up for its interesting song titles; songs called “Randy Described Eternity” and “I Would Hurt A Fly” appealed to me as a gloomy existentialist kid with no place in the world. Perfect From Now On quickly proved to be much more than a few punchy titles.
Impressive guitar arrangements are the focus the album, with melancholy cello pieces adding to the overall mood. Doug Martsch’s desperate, wailing vocals rise from the mix to deliver philosophical lyrics over intense crescendos and dynamic shifts. It’s the brilliant tension and release that makes Perfect From Now On an essential album.