Engineers [German Import] [VINYL] CD
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For this, their self-titled debut, the Wigan four-piece Engineers have constructed an album that's majestic and epic, one which manages to be grandiose, but with no delusions of grandeur. Rather than the short, sharp shocks employed by many of their contemporaries, Engineers are content to let a song build slowly, adding layers of sound while keeping their slow, dreamy pace. It's a beautiful and symphonic album, owing a debt to their two self-confessed influences: Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden and Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue. Meanwhile, songs like "Home" and "Forgiveness" slot comfortably alongside the likes of the Doves, Elbow or Spiritualised. Occasionally, as on "Thrasher" or "One in Seven", they even sneak in a bit of My Bloody Valentine shoe-gazing, using fuzzed-up electric guitars instead of the strings and keyboards that threaten to engulf the entire album. And if this album has one flaw, that's it: it's relentlessly laid-back and blissed-out pace means that the songs too often blend into one another, or fade into the background altogether. But at least they only ever sound like themselves. --Robert Burrow
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Lush, grand, mellow, warm, passionate, steeped in the last 40 odd years of melodic pop and rock music, these guys delight in drawing on all parts of that tradition to create a rich sea of sound all of their own. Plangent guitars and soft keyboards sit easily alongside Eno-esque atmospherics and sweeping thematic orchestrations reminiscient of John Barry, with dreamlike vocals woven throughout. As Peter Hammill said: " garnish your head with whatever turns you on", lay back at let the music wash the pain away.
This album is so full, you can find as many influences, direct or tangential, as you care to look for, but you still won't be able to pin it down. Apart from the obvious, I can hear shades of the brighter face of Porcupine Tree, and hints of the sweet voice of Green Gartside. (And the cover art would look splendid on an old 12" gatefold sleeve!) Can't wait to catch them live, or for the next offering.
Never mind your shoes, this is aimed at the stars. Beautiful.
If you like this try: Husky Rescue, Hot chip, and My Bloody Valentine
Songs like Forgiveness, Waved On & New Horizons carry a wonderful resonance and I think in years to come this album will be seen as the materpiece it is.
The music is very psychadelic and chilled out although I don't personally have to be in a chilled out mood to enjoy this cd. For me the album fits together very well with good songs throughout, none of which I have managed to get bored of yet(and that is after excessive playing).
If you want a cd that is a real treat on the ears then this is definately for you.
Well, it isn't.
The Engineers make a surprisingly memorable debut, by setting themselves smack between slow-burning rock music and ethereal soundscapes -- think half Eno, half Beta Band. The lush pop that results is unique in sound, wide in scope, and short on flaws.
It opens on a strong note with "Home": buzzing, jangling guitars, angelic stoned vocals, some swelling strings, and delicate synth that goes from tinkly to airy. It has a great symphonic sound that not many bands can accomplish, and it does so without being melodramatic.
The songs that follow tend to veer in one direction or another: Some of them are a lot more rock-oriented than the first song. These won't win any prizes for grittiness, however. Even the hardest song on here still sounds a bit like psychfolk. In other words, don't expect "Thrasher" to live up to its name -- there's a buzzing bassline in the background, but nothing really hard.
And when they're softer... well, often they sound like Air on a hardcore day. Songs like "New Horizons" have the same delicate, ethereal sound, and the ambient sweeps you'd expect from a downtempo band. It peaks with "Peter Street," a minute of swooping synth bands that peak and then fade away.
Most bands can't really manage multiple sounds well, or blend different kinds of music together -- in this case, rock rhythms with rich sonic expanses. But the London quartet Engineers not only do this, they succeed wonderfully. The only real flaw is that some songs overstay their welcome, and could have used a bit of trimming in the last half.Read more ›
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This is an inspirational collection. Bought it after seeing them support Porcupine Tree on The Incident tour. Read more
To watch these guys live is a real honour, only then can you really appreciate how they put this music together. Read morePublished on 14 Aug. 2007 by S. Jordan
One reviewer expresses incredulity that Engineers are not up there with Coldplay and Keane. The answer's simple: those two have better dynamics and more memorable songs and tunes... Read morePublished on 28 Aug. 2006 by JManley
This is a massive album - maybe not in sales or hype, but in scope and ambition. Reminiscent of early Verve (when they were epic) and Air at their most blissful, this a music to... Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2005 by A Richards
This album is a big luxurious duvet of sound to wrap yourself up in. The mellow, richly layered vocals are foremost in the sound with the instrumental music taking second place. Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2005 by turkey_baster
You have to admit, a self-titled album by a band called "The Engineers" sounds generic and instantly forgettable guitar rock. Read morePublished on 19 July 2005 by E. A Solinas