The Top 10 Built to Spill Songs: #3

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010, 5:07 pm by Ben Salmon

Today on Frequency, we’re counting down the top 10 Built to Spill songs leading up to the band’s show tonight in Bend. (More details on that show here.)

3. “Car” from “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” (1994)
“Car” — like “Big Dipper” and a lot of “There’s Nothing Wrong With Love” — is pure pop joy. It also finds Doug Martsch at his lyrical best: sweet but not cloying, dense but not difficult. More “I wanna see it when you get stoned on a clouded, breezy desert afternoon” than, say, this.

Martsch does both things — compact pop-rock and sprawling guitar jams — very well, though he occasionally comes off like an indie-rock jukebox: all skill and sensory experience, not enough soul. With “Car,” he gives us a hearty song that proudly spills its guts.

Besides, who doesn’t want to see movies of their dreams? I know I do.

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