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Engineers lack emotion
on 9 March 2005
To label The Engineers as 'shoegazers' may not be far off the mark. I saw the band live recently and their sound (rich guitar rhythms and brooding chords) sent my mind spiralling back to those quality acts from the 90s such as Ride and Slowdive. I was intrigued, so bought the new album...
First, the positives. The opening track 'Home' is a stirring, semi-acoustic ballad which gets the album off the mark nicely. The other stand-out tracks on first listen are 'Said and Done' and 'One in Seven'. Catchy enough, well-written, and clearly the best songs from the band's live set.
However, as the tracks tick over, the album fails to open up. Many of the songs are unremarkable, lacking any imagination or impact. Once over, they are easily forgotten, with repetitive, sometimes dull chord progressions, accompanied by uninspiring vocals and lyrics.
Often, rather than ending on a rousing high, the tracks disappointingly fizzle out.
I really wanted to enjoy this album, because I love the raw emotion evoked by similar bands from their early days such as The Verve (Gravity Grave, Slide Away).
But the Engineers album falls short for me, with a dreary, uninspiring music that shows only brief glimpses of any emotive elevation. After a couple of listens, this debut falls flat.