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Building a Road

by Spottiswoode & His Enemies

A drunken rock band takes a gospel choir on a crooked journey to redemption
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drunk
2:55 album only
2. Youngest Child
2:37 album only
3. I'm in Love With an Angry Girl
2:49 album only
4. One Way Street
2:49 album only
5. Building a Road
4:14 album only
6. Play Me in Your Bedroom
5:46 album only
7. You Will Rise Again
5:35 album only
8. Lazarus
3:04 album only
9. Lost Again
3:21 album only
10. I Didn't Hurt You Intentionally
4:26 album only
11. I'm Back Up
6:31 album only
12. Never Gonna Get That Girl
3:51 album only
13. I Get Blue
4:49 album only
14. No One Has a Clue
3:07 album only
15. The Way She Looked at Me
5:50 album only
16. The Sun Still Shines
4:56 album only
17. Broken Word
2:53 album only
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Album Notes
SPOTTISWOODE & HIS ENEMIES' latest release, BUILDING A ROAD, is a new departure for the band. Recorded in four glorious days, and produced by the band, it captures the Enemies in a gospel mode. With the addition of piano, accordion and backing vocals, the band travels a jagged path to redemption.

Spottiswoode has been compared to Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, and David Bowie. His response: "Tom Waits would never do anything in bad taste; Leonard Cohen couldn't be upbeat if his life depended upon it; Nick Cave is a prisoner of his own tortured hipness; David Bowie hasn't uttered an honest word in his life." In vain, he waits for a comparison with his true idol, Bob Dylan. He is clearly delusional.


Spottiswoode: guitars, vocals
Kevin Cordt: trumpet, toy piano, vocals
Candace De Bartolo: saxophone, clarinet, vocals
Riley McMahon: guitars, lap steel, mandolin
Tim Vaill: drums
John Young: bass

BUILDING A ROAD also features special guests:

Renee Cologne, Alexis England, Victoria Villalobos: backing vocals
Tony Lauria: accordion
Kenny White: piano, hammond organ, wurlitzer

The CD was engineered and mixed by Gene Holder at Jolly Roger Recording in Hoboken, N.J.



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buy it for everyone you know
This record landed in my lap. I play it loudly every Saturday. It sets me right. Get it. You will not be disappointed. Even if you disappoint easily. Also does very well in the car on fun road trips or forced work commutes.


I have no idea where his ideas come from, but I'm jealous.
This guy is one of the most unique writers I've had the good fortune to come across. His songs are to be studied. Great backing band, and a production which once again captures sounds which are as moody as the lyrics. Listen and learn.


best cd this band has put out in the years they have played together
building a road is clearly the early apex in this band's musical achievement. after a few listens, as with all favorite cd's, you will remember and anticipate the end on one track with the beginning of the next. each song is special in its own way and a fun, good listen. among my chosen tunes are the opener drunk and youngest child which has an excellent pop beat, but angry girl hits home for me, while building a road is the right choice as the title track. the honesty contained in never gonna get that girl and play me in your bedroom gives a feeling of closeness to senor spottiswoode. all around, a great album to have in your collection and a definite repeater in the CD mix.

Jonathan Tindle

Great CD! Great writing! Great musicians!


Best album ever to revive and soothe low spirits
I loved their first two albums, after discovering them on an awful movie called "Tart". So this CD was an automatic buy. I had no idea I would love it so much. As a bipolar girl who has had too many episodes of depression, I heavily identify with many songs like You will rise again, Lazarus ("Lazarus, he rose from the dead, but I can't even get myself out of bed.")Lost again, I get blue, the sun still shines, and I'm back up. Those songs all speak of the temporary despair brought on by depression. However, the CD is not a downer. The gospel themes all have a reassuring comforting quality, especially in "You will rise again" Many of the others address bittersweet romance. Play me in your bedroom hit me so hard the first day I heard it that I found myself obeying his command to "play me in your bedroom if the music's right. I hope it helps you sleep. Play me in your bedroom on a moonlit night, I know your dreams will be sweet. Play me in your bedroom with the volume low, that's how it should be heard. Play me in your bedroom let it pull you from this world." I had the track on repeat and listened to it all night with the volume low and was soothed to sleep. I wish I could give this album more than 5 stars, and if I ever make it to the east coast, I would love to see them live.