Up/Sub Pop (2015, Reissue)
I first discovered Built To Spill, probably sometime in 1995. At the recommendation of a friend, I picked up the "So And So, So And So From Wherever, Wherever" 7" from a used bin. I was pretty floored with how great it was and that continues to be one of my favorite Built To Spill songs all these years later. Very soon after that, I grabbed a copy of this record. I am one of the lucky ones who has been sitting on an original pressing of There's Nothing Wrong With Love for about 20 years. Because of that, I'm probably not quite as excited about this reissue as a lot of folks are, but I still decided to pick up a copy and at least I can compare it to the original pressing here.
So as far as the pressing itself goes, I think it sounds great. It's every but as warm and inviting as my original copy. The treble leaning guitars shimmer just as brightly and the low end of the bass is as full as it has ever sounded. Unlike the recent Leatherface reissues where I could notice a real difference between the original and new pressings, There's Nothing Wrong With Love sounds just as good as the original. From a sound standpoint, there's no reason to not grab this pressing and be pretty content.
Musically, this album is just wonderful. Though I think Built To Spill eventually topped this when they released Keep It Like A Secret, There's Nothing Wrong With Love still stands as my second favorite of their records. The songs are not as complex as some of the extended jams they would go on to release later in time, but there is something so perfect about the simplicity and honesty of this album. The songs are all supremely catchy and with surefire classics like "Car," "Big Dipper" and "In The Morning," some of Doug Martsch's very best work is collected here.
If you've been one of the many waiting so long for this reissue, there's no reason to be on the fence. It is absolutely worth picking up and is really an essential part of any good indie rocker's record collection.
Built To Spill - "Car":
Built To Spill - "In The Morning":