Engineers - Engineers
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. This is big, epic, widescreen music, albeit wonderfully understated. [5 Mar 2005, p.51]
  2. An early frontrunner for the UK album of the year.
  3. 83
    This transcendent debut is the real stoner rock. [Aug 2005, p.103]
  4. 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.
  5. What sets Engineers apart on this full-length debut is their ability to build up a strong sound without anything being lost within it. [#9]
  6. 80
    Beautiful. [Apr 2005, p.108]
  7. Music of stark, placid beauty. [Apr 2005, p.121]
  8. An incredibly warm and organic sounding debut.
  9. This album's exceptional, for as familiar and generic as it sounds, there is an autumnal sort of charm.
  10. 80
    Equal parts drawn-out and dreamy. [#16, p.97]
  11. This is what the new Coldplay album should have been.
  12. Their gentle approach is justified by the fact that their songs are quite memorable, written with a sense of grandeur and astral beauty.
  13. Engineers here prove capable both of emotive songwriting and of virtuoso studio craft.... Yet it falls shorts of true brilliance, for the simple reason that the band steadfastly refuse to rock-out.
  14. 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.
  15. Derivative as it may be, it's done so well that it's awfully hard to bash.
  16. "One In Seven" is the best song on the London-based four-piece Engineers' self-titled long player.... The problem: "One In Seven" is the last song on the album. The ten tracks preceding it simply don’t measure up.
  17. Engineers is a promising if frequently innocuous first time out, with its excellent production and musicianship bogged down by weak-kneed songwriting and idiotic sequencing.
  18. [Most] of the album just sort of swirls through some nicely-produced, but ultimately not very engaging sonic fluff.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. matta
    Sep 9, 2005
    6
    Okay but this score is way too high. I put it just barely above Coldplay on my list for albums of the year. NIce to listen to but gets boring at times and the tendency to skip to the next track is often an overpowering urge that I cannot resist. Worth checking out though, like Doves-lite. Full Review »
  2. MacM
    Aug 22, 2005
    9
    Sustains a mood of quiet euphia throughout. Definitely not for rocking out to. I find myself going back to this disc frequently and the goosebumps still come. Bliss indeed. Full Review »
  3. MindwreckInc
    Aug 21, 2005
    10
    Not only did i hear the music on this album, I saw it. I want more.....Absolute perfection.