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  • Summary: This debut album showcases the British band's symphonic, shoegaze-y sound.
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. An early frontrunner for the UK album of the year.
  2. Songwriting necessarily takes a backseat here most of the time, but it’s hardly missed when there’s so much gorgeous, woozy texture to loll in.
  3. This album's exceptional, for as familiar and generic as it sounds, there is an autumnal sort of charm.
  4. An incredibly warm and organic sounding debut.
  5. Their gentle approach is justified by the fact that their songs are quite memorable, written with a sense of grandeur and astral beauty.
  6. It's a warm and welcoming experience all round, and very much the mark of a band that know exactly what they're doing even if they sound remarkably out of step with everyone else.
  7. [Most] of the album just sort of swirls through some nicely-produced, but ultimately not very engaging sonic fluff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. MindwreckInc
    Aug 21, 2005
    10
    Not only did i hear the music on this album, I saw it. I want more.....Absolute perfection.
  2. GregK
    Jul 10, 2005
    10
    The aural equivalent of a day alone on a windwept beach. Stunningly beautiful.
  3. ChrisT
    Aug 15, 2005
    10
    Great Album, I actually listened to the whole album while on a beach. Maybe that was able to swing my vote but I have to say that I was very Great Album, I actually listened to the whole album while on a beach. Maybe that was able to swing my vote but I have to say that I was very impressed with this new band. Props. Expand
  4. asik
    Jun 28, 2005
    9
    if you want to relax after a hard day work ,this is the one
  5. SayedS
    Jul 18, 2005
    9
    Bliss....
  6. AdamN
    Jul 26, 2005
    8
    It's downright Floydian, tapping into kind of an ethereal spaciousness. This album sounds like what taking a valium or soma feels like; It's downright Floydian, tapping into kind of an ethereal spaciousness. This album sounds like what taking a valium or soma feels like; it has such a relaxed beauty about it. Maybe not everyday music for me, but you'd be missing out if you didn't give it a listen. Expand
  7. GeorgeM
    Aug 18, 2005
    4
    If shoegazing is the new black/brit-pop taken form in this debut effort by Engineers, it is a trend that will find little traction outside If shoegazing is the new black/brit-pop taken form in this debut effort by Engineers, it is a trend that will find little traction outside its native UK. Technically competent but dated, same-y and forgettable is the best evaluation I can conjure for this album. Expand

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