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Built to Spill: There Is No Enemy
(Warner Brothers)

There's no shortage of indie rock circulating in 2009. Most of it is dense, impressionistic and gently psychedelic.

That's not the road Built to Spill travel on their seventh full-length CD. Tracks such as "Life's a Dream" put the brakes on the tempo while maintaining the salience of verse-chorus-verse songwriting.

There Is No Enemy isn't soft through and through. "Planting Seeds" is breezy rock that's heavy on reflective optimism and occasional electric guitar growls.

But the slowest songs - "Nowhere Lullaby" and "Things Fall Apart" - are the best. They validate the confidence and maturity of this Boise, Idaho, band. They're ear candy for anyone who's got a soft spot for soft rock.

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