A Perfect Performance

The recent trend of bands performing classic albums in their entirety generates mixed feelings. The concept can be a gimmicky nostalgia trip, smacking of artists conceding that their best work is behind them. Then again, you could do a whole lot worse than to experience Built to Spill blazing through the nearly hour-long splendor of its 1997 opus Perfect from Now On. The majestic disc merges post-rock and prog-rock structures with atmospheric desert burn, and songs often spiral past the six-minute mark. One bonus of Built to Spill's Perfect show: You hear songs that have seldom made the group's set lists in the years since the record's release.

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